Dynamic NF-κB and E2F interactions control the priority and timing of inflammatory signalling and cell proliferation

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  • External authors:
  • John M Ankers
  • Raheela Awais
  • Nicholas A Jones
  • James Boyd
  • Sheila Ryan
  • Claire V Harper
  • Lloyd Bridge
  • Violaine Sée
  • Michael Rh White


Dynamic cellular systems reprogram gene expression to ensure appropriate cellular fate responses to specific extracellular cues. Here we demonstrate that the dynamics of Nuclear Factor kappa B (NF-κB) signalling and the cell cycle are prioritised differently depending on the timing of an inflammatory signal. Using iterative experimental and computational analyses, we show physical and functional interactions between NF-κB and the E2 Factor 1 (E2F-1) and E2 Factor 4 (E2F-4) cell cycle regulators. These interactions modulate the NF-κB response. In S-phase, the NF-κB response was delayed or repressed, while cell cycle progression was unimpeded. By contrast, activation of NF-κB at the G1/S boundary resulted in a longer cell cycle and more synchronous initial NF-κB responses between cells. These data identify new mechanisms by which the cellular response to stress is differentially controlled at different stages of the cell cycle.

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere10473
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2016

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