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Current Signal Transduction Therapy


ISSN (Print): 1574-3624
ISSN (Online): 2212-389X

The Role of Methionine Oxidation/Reduction in the Regulation of Immune Response

Author(s): Abdulbaki Agbas and Jackob Moskovitz

Volume 4, Issue 1, 2009

Page: [46 - 50] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/157436209787048748

Price: $65


Methionine oxidation by reactive oxygen species and reduction mediated by the methionine sulfoxide reductase (Msr) system may attenuate protein function in signal transduction pathways. This review will focus on two potential protein targets for methionine oxidation involved in signal transduction of the immune response: Ca2+/calmodulin-regulated phosphatase calcineurin (Cn) and inhibitor of kappa B-alpha (IkBα). The major known function of Cn is to regulate nuclear localization of the nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT), a family of transcription factors during immune stimulus. Like wise, IκBα inhibits the activity of nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB), which is known to regulate the transcription of various genes participating in immunological and oxidative stress response. Modification of Met 45 in IκBα enhances its resistance to protein-degredation; thereby, preventing NFkB from activating transcription in cells of the immune system. Similarly, the human Cn molecule contains several methionine residues that are either located next to a cysteine residue or a methionine residue. Accordingly, it is suggested that oxidation of a specific Cn-methionine may interfere with the proper NFAT nuclear-localization and transcriptional activation in T-cell. Thus, the roles of oxidized-methionine residues and their reduction, by the Msr system, are discussed as potential regulators of cellular immune response.

Keywords: Oxidative stress, methionine sulfoxide reductase, posttranslation modification, methionine sulfoxide

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