Heat shock inhibits activation of NF-κB in the absence of heat shock factor-1

Vivek Malhotra, Tonyia Eaves-Pyles, Kelli Odoms, Gina Quaid, Thomas P. Shanley, Hector R. Wong

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The heat shock response is known to inhibit NF-κB activation and NF-κB-dependent gene expression. Herein we determined if cells lacking heat shock factor-1 (HSF-1), the major transcription factor regulating heat shock protein gene expression, have an altered ability to modulate NF-κB activation. Embryonic fibroblasts from HSF-1-null mutant mice (HSF-1-/- cells) had a drastically reduced ability to express heat shock protein-70 in response to heat shock, compared to embryonic fibroblasts from wild-type mice (HSF+/+ cells). There was no difference, however, in the ability of heat shock to inhibit TNFα-mediated NF-κB activation, IκBα degradation, IκB kinase activation, and macrophage chemotactic protein-1 expression in the HSF-1-/- cells compared to the HSF-1+/+ cells. These data demonstrate that heat shock inhibits activation of the NF-κB/IκBα pathway and NF-κB-dependent gene expression in the absence of an intact heat shock response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-457
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Cellular activation
  • Costimulation
  • Heat shock
  • Heat shock factor
  • Heat shock proteins
  • Iκ kinase
  • IκBα
  • NF-κB
  • Transcription factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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