New publication by Kashkar et al. in The EMBO Journal


Cellular inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (cIAPs) are RING-containing E3 ubiquitin ligases that ubiquitylate receptor-interacting protein kinase 1 (RIPK1) to regulate TNF signalling. Here, we established mice simultaneously expressing enzymatically inactive cIAP1/2 variants, bearing mutations in the RING domains of cIAP1/2 (cIAP1/2 mutant RING, cIAP1/2MutR). cIap1/2MutR/MutR mice died during embryonic development due to RIPK1-mediated apoptosis. While expression of kinase-inactive RIPK1D138N rescued embryonic development, Ripk1D138N/D138N/cIap1/2MutR/MutR mice developed systemic inflammation and died postweaning. Cells expressing cIAP1/2MutR and RIPK1D138N were still susceptible to TNF-induced apoptosis and necroptosis, implying additional kinase-independent RIPK1 activities in regulating TNF signalling. Although further ablation of Ripk3 did not lead to any phenotypic improvement, Tnfr1 gene knock-out prevented early onset of systemic inflammation and premature mortality, indicating that cIAPs control TNFR1-mediated toxicity independent of RIPK1 and RIPK3. Beyond providing novel molecular insights into TNF-signalling, the mouse model established in this study can serve as a useful tool to further evaluate ongoing therapeutic protocols using inhibitors of TNF, cIAPs and RIPK1.


Schorn F, Werthenbach JP, [...], Peltzer N, Quaas A, Vucic D, Silke J, Pasparakis M, Kashkar H.

cIAPs control RIPK1 kinase activity-dependent and -independent cell death and tissue inflammation. EMBO J. 2023 Oct 4:e113614.

PMID: 37789765. doi: 10.15252/embj.2023113614.