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Ring finger protein 31-mediated atypical ubiquitination stabilizes forkhead box P3 and thereby stimulates regulatory T-cell function.

The Journal of biological chemistry (2018-11-06)
Fuxiang Zhu, Gang Yi, Xu Liu, Fangming Zhu, Anna Zhao, Aiting Wang, Ruihong Zhu, Zuojia Chen, Binbin Zhao, Sijie Fang, Xiao Yu, Ruirong Lin, Rui Liang, Dan Li, Wenyi Zhao, Zizhen Zhang, Wenzhi Guo, Shuijun Zhang, Shengfang Ge, Xianqun Fan, Gang Zhao, Bin Li
ABSTRACT

The CD4+CD25+FOXP3+ regulatory T (Treg) cells are critical for maintaining immune tolerance in healthy individuals and are reported to restrict anti-inflammatory responses and thereby promote tumor progression, suggesting them as a target in the development of antitumor immunotherapy. Forkhead box P3 (FOXP3) is a key transcription factor governing Treg lineage differentiation and their immune-suppressive function. Here, using Treg cells, as well as HEK-293T and Jurkat T cells, we report that the stability of FOXP3 is directly and positively regulated by the E3 ubiquitin ligase ring finger protein 31 (RNF31), which catalyzes the conjugation of atypical ubiquitin chains to the FOXP3 protein. We observed that shRNA-mediated RNF31 knockdown in human Treg cells decreases FOXP3 protein levels and increases levels of interferon-γ, resulting in a Th1 helper cell-like phenotype. Human Treg cells that ectopically expressed RNF31 displayed stronger immune-suppressive capacity, suggesting that RNF31 positively regulates both FOXP3 stability and Treg cell function. Moreover, we found that RNF31 is up-regulated in Treg cells that infiltrate human gastric tumor tissues compared with their counterparts residing in peripheral and normal tissue. We also found that elevated RNF31 expression in intratumoral Treg cells is associated with poor survival of gastric cancer patients, suggesting that RNF31 supports the immune-suppressive functions of Treg cells. Our results suggest that RNF31 could be a potential therapeutic target in immunity-based interventions against human gastric cancer.

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