Priming of NLRP3 inflammasome activation 1 by Msn Kinase MINK1 in Macrophages

Kaixiang Zhu, Xuexiao Jin., Zhexu Chi, Sheng Chen, Songquan Wu, Richard D Sloan, Xuai Lin, Dante Neculai, Di Wang, Hu Hu, Linrong Lu

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The nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich-repeat containing family, pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is essential in inflammation and inflammatory disorders. Phosphorylation at various sites on NLRP3 differentially regulates inflammasome activation. The Ser725 phosphorylation site on NLRP3 is depicted in multiple inflammasome activation scenarios, but the importance and regulation of this site has not been clarified. The present study revealed that the phosphorylation of Ser725 was an essential step for the priming of the NLRP3 inflammasome in macrophages. We also showed that Ser725 was directly phosphorylated by misshapen (Msn)/NIK-related kinase 1 (MINK1), depending on the direct interaction between MINK1 and the NLRP3 LRR domain. MINK1 deficiency reduced NLRP3 activation and suppressed inflammatory responses in mouse models of acute sepsis and peritonitis. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) upregulated the kinase activity of MINK1 and subsequently promoted inflammasome priming via NLRP3 Ser725 phosphorylation. Eliminating ROS suppressed NLRP3 activation and reduced sepsis and peritonitis symptoms in a MINK1-dependent manner. Altogether, our study reveals a direct regulation of the NLRP3 inflammasome by Msn family kinase MINK1 and suggests that modulation of MINK1 activity is a potential intervention strategy for inflammasome-related diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2372–2382
Number of pages11
JournalCellular & Molecular Immunology
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • MINK1 kinase
  • NLRP3 inflammasome
  • ROS
  • phosphorylation


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