MLKL, a key component downstream of RIPK3, is suggested to be a terminal executor of necroptosis. Genetic studies have revealed that Ripk3 ablation rescues embryonic lethality in Fadd- or Caspase-8-deficient mice. Given that RIPK3 has also been implicated in non-necroptotic pathways including apoptosis and inflammatory signaling, it remains unclear whether the lethality in Fadd(-/-) mice is indeed caused by necropotosis. Here, we show that genetic deletion of Mlkl rescues the developmental defect in Fadd-deficient mice and that Fadd(-/-)Mlkl(-/-) mice are viable and fertile. Mlkl(-/-)Fadd(-/-) mice display significantly accelerated lymphoproliferative disease characterized by lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly when compared to Ripk3(-/-)Fadd(-/-) mice. Mlkl(-/-)Fadd(-/-) bone-marrow-derived macrophages and dendritic cells have impaired NLRP3 inflammasome activation associated with defects in ASC speck formation and NF-κB-dependent NLRP3 transcription. Our findings reveal that MLKL and FADD play critical roles in preventing lymphoproliferative disease and activating the NLRP3 inflammasome.
Zhang, Xixi; Fan, Cunxian; Zhang, Haiwei; Zhao, Qun; Liu, Yongbo; Xu, Chengxian; Xie, Qun; Wu, Xiaoxia; Yu, Xianjun; Zhang, Jianke; and Zhang, Haibing, "MLKL and FADD Are Critical for Suppressing Progressive Lymphoproliferative Disease and Activating the NLRP3 Inflammasome." (2016). Department of Microbiology and Immunology Faculty Papers. Paper 83.
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