Antimicrobial transcriptional response by integrated signals through STAT and NFkB pathways

Sebastian Wienerroither, Priyank Shukla, Matthias Farlik, Andrea Majoros, Claus Vogl, HyenJoo Cheon, George Stark, Birgit Strobl, Mathias Mueller, Thomas Decker

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    Infection of macrophages with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) stimulates NFkB signalling and the synthesis of type I Interferons (IFN-I). As a secondary response IFN-I signal through the type I IFN receptor (IFNAR) to activate the ISGF3 complex containing STAT1, STAT2 and IRF9 subunits. Using ChIP-Seq we provide a genome-wide analysis of genes with binding sites for both NFkB and the IFN-I activated STATs. In particular we define the group of genes displaying synergistic activation by STAT and NFkB pathways. This group includes the Nos2 gene encoding inducible nitric oxide synthase. Detailed analysis of this gene provides a mechanistic explanation how STAT and NFkB pathways cooperate in promoter activation, i.e. the establishment of activating histone marks and the recruitment and phosphorylation of RNA polymerase II. In particular we demonstrate a signal integrator function for the mediator complex. In summary our data explain the functional interplay between two major antimicrobial pathways.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number1
    Early online date11 Sep 2015
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Sep 2015


    • Jak-Stat Signalling
    • NF-kB
    • ChIP-Seq


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