Dendritic cell activation prevents MHC class II ubiquitination and promotes MHC class II survival regardless of the activation stimulus

Even Walseng, Kazuyuki Furuta, Romina S. Goldszmid, Karis A. Weih, Alan Sher, Paul A. Roche

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The expression of MHC class II (MHC-II) on the surface of antigen-presenting cells, such as dendritic cells (DCs), is tightly regulated during cellular activation. Many cells, including DCs, are activated following stimulation of innate Toll-like receptors (TLRs) by products of microorganisms. In the resting (immature) state, MHC-II is ubiquitinated in immature DCs and is rapidly degraded; however, after activation of these cells with MyD88-dependent TLR ligands, MHC-II ubiquitination is blocked, and MHC-II survival is prolonged. We now show that DC activation using MyD88-dependent TLR ligands, MyD88-independent TLR ligands, and even infection with the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii leads to identical changes in MHC-II expression, ubiquitination, and surface stability, revealing a conserved role for enhanced MHC-II stability after DC activation by different stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41749-41754
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number53
Publication statusPublished - Dec 31 2010
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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