IKBKB Research Reagents

Inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa-B kinase subunit beta is a protein in humans that is encoded by IKBKB gene. Serine kinase that plays an essential role in the NF-kappa-B signaling pathway which is activated by multiple stimuli such as inflammatory cytokines, bacterial or viral products, DNA damages or other cellular stresses. Acts as part of the canonical IKK complex in the conventional pathway of NF-kappa-B activation and phosphorylates inhibitors of NF-kappa-B on 2 critical serine residues. These modifications allow polyubiquitination of the inhibitors and subsequent degradation by the proteasome. In turn, free NF-kappa-B is translocated into the nucleus and activates the transcription of hundreds of genes involved in immune response, growth control, or protection against apoptosis.

The following IKBKB reagents supplied by CUSABIO are manufactured under a strict quality control system. Multiple applications have been validated and solid technical support is offered.

IKBKB Antibodies

IKBKB Antibodies for Homo sapiens (Human)

IKBKB Proteins

IKBKB Proteins for Homo sapiens (Human)

IKBKB Proteins for Mus musculus (Mouse)

IKBKB Proteins for Bos taurus (Bovine)

IKBKB Proteins for Rattus norvegicus (Rat)

IKBKB Background

Inhibitory kappa-B kinase subunit beta (IKKβ) is a protein in humans that is encoded by the IKBKB gene. IKKβ, also known as IKK2, is a component of the inhibitory kappa-B kinase (IKK) complex that involved in the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathway. Like its closely related to IKKα (IKK1), IKKβ belongs to serine kinase containing leucine zipper and helix-loop-helix protein interaction motifs [1]. Upon pro-inflammatory stimuli such as TNF-α, interleukin-1 (IL-1), and lipopolysaccharide (LPS), various adaptor molecules known as the TNF receptor-associated factors (TRAFs) are recruited. Among these TRAFs, the key enzymes such as MAP/ERK kinase kinase 3 (MEKK3) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) specifically phosphorylate and activate IKKβ [2][3]. Activation of IKKβ further evokes the phosphorylation of inhibitory kappa B alpha (IκBα) or IκBβ [4][5], leading to poly-ubiquitination and subsequent degradation of IκB by the proteasome. In resting cells, IκB proteins usually sequester NF-κB in the cytoplasm by masking its nuclear localization sequences (NLSs) [6]. The removal of IκB unmasks the NLS, inducing nuclear translocation of NF-κB and binding to consensus binding sites within promoter regions of specific genes. IKKβ can also mediate phosphorylation of NF-κB p65 to initiate transactivation, leading to increased transcriptional activation following DNA binding [7]. In the nucleus, NF-κB dimers bind to target DNA elements and activate transcription of genes encoding proteins involved in immune response, growth control, or protection against apoptosis [8]. Manolis Pasparakis et al. suggested that the critical function of IKKβ-mediated NF-κB activity in epidermal keratinocytes is to regulate mechanisms that maintain the immune homeostasis of the skin [9]. Canonical IKK2–NF-κB signaling also plays a vital role in the regulation of inflammation and oncogenesis. In addition to the crucial function in NF-κB signaling, IKKβ phosphorylates other substrates and is implicated in the activation of the transcription factor activator protein 1 (AP-1) in response to engagement of CD3 and CD28 coreceptors in CD4+ T cells [10]. Homozygous null mutations of IKBKB gene is found in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) patients [11]. And these patients had normal B-cell and T-cell counts but very low levels of immunoglobulins, as well as a severe defect in immune-cell activation that affected both innate and adaptive immune-receptor pathways [11].

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[11] Ulrich Pannicke, Ph.D., et al. Deficiency of Innate and Acquired Immunity Caused by an IKBKB Mutation [J]. N Engl J Med 2013; 369:2504-2514.


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