An investigation into the role of Bcl-3 in toll-like receptor signalling

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dc.contributor.advisor Carmody, Ruaidhrí J. en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Neill, Cora en
dc.contributor.author Collins, Patricia E.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-19T12:22:16Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Collins, P. E. An investigation into the role of Bcl-3 in toll-like receptor signalling. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 258
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1923
dc.description.abstract Through the recognition of potentially harmful stimuli, Toll-like receptors (TLRs) initiate the innate immune response and induce the expression of hundreds of immune and pro-inflammatory genes. TLRs are critical in mounting a defence against invading pathogens however, strict control of TLR signalling is vital to prevent host damage from excessive or prolonged immune activation. In this thesis the role of the IκB protein Bcl (B-cell lymphoma)-3 in the regulation of TLR signalling is investigated. Bcl3-/- mice and cells are hyper responsive to TLR stimulation and are defective in LPS tolerance. Bcl-3 interacts with and blocks the ubiquitination of homodimers of the NF-κB subunit, p50. Through stabilisation of inhibitory p50 homodimers, Bcl-3 negatively regulates NF-κB dependent inflammatory gene transcription following TLR activation. Firstly, we investigated the nature of the interaction between Bcl-3 and p50 and using peptide array technology. Key amino acids required for the formation of the p50:Bcl-3 immunosuppressor complex were identified. Furthermore, we demonstrate for the first time that interaction between Bcl-3 and p50 is necessary and sufficient for the anti-inflammatory properties of Bcl-3. Using the data generated from peptide array analysis we then generated cell permeable peptides designed to mimic Bcl-3 function and stabilise p50 homodimers. These Bcl-3 derived peptides are potent inhibitors of NF-κB dependent transcription activity in vitro and provide a solid basis for the development of novel gene-specific approaches in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Secondly, we demonstrate that Bcl-3 mediated regulation of TLR signalling is not limited to NF-κB and identify the MAK3K Tumour Progression Locus (Tpl)-2 as a new binding partner of Bcl-3. Our data establishes role for Bcl-3 as a negative regulator of the MAPK-ERK pathway. en
dc.description.sponsorship Science Foundation Ireland (08/IN.1/B1843) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Patricia E. Collins. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject NF-kB en
dc.subject Ubiquitination en
dc.subject Inflammation en
dc.subject Bcl-3 en
dc.title An investigation into the role of Bcl-3 in toll-like receptor signalling en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Science) en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Science Foundation Ireland en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Biochemistry en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out No en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat Both hard copy thesis and e-thesis en
ucc.workflow.supervisor c.oneill@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Autumn Conferring 2014


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