Induction of apoptosis and activation of NF-κB by CD95 require different signalling thresholds

Patrick Legembre, Bryan C. Barnhart, Lixin Zheng, Shrijay Vijayan, Stephen E. Straus, Jennifer Puck, Janet K. Dale, Michael Lenardo, Marcus E. Peter*

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Mutations in the death domain of the death receptor CD95 (APO-1/ Fas) cause lymphoproliferation and autoimmune disease in both Iprcg mice and in patients with autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) type Ia. By testing lymphocytes from ALPS type Ia patients, comparing heterozygous with homozygous Iprcg mice and coexpressing wild-type and mutant CD95 receptors, we demonstrate that induction of apoptosis requires two wild-type alleles of CD95. By contrast, nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) can be fully activated in cells expressing both a mutant and a wild-type CD95 allele, suggesting different thresholds to activate the two signalling pathways. This was confirmed by testing lymphocytes from heterozygous Ipr mice, which showed reduced sensitivity to CD95-mediated apoptosis but normal activation of NF-κB when compared with wild-type mice. Mutations in CD95 may eliminate the tumour-suppressive function of CD95, at the same time allowing induction of survival or proliferative pathways, which could contribute to the increased risk for lymphoma seen in ALPS type Ia patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1084-1089
Number of pages6
JournalEMBO Reports
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome
  • Fas
  • Ipr
  • MAPK
  • NF-κB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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