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JunD mediates survival signaling by the JNK signal transduction pathway

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Program in Molecular Medicine



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Medical Subject Headings

Animals; Apoptosis; Cell Line; Cell Survival; DNA Fragmentation; Enzyme Activation; Fibroblasts; Gene Expression Regulation; Genes, Reporter; Mice; Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases; Models, Biological; NF-kappa B; Protein Isoforms; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun; *Signal Transduction; Time Factors; Transcription, Genetic; Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


The c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) can cause cell death by activating the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. However, JNK is also capable of signaling cell survival. The mechanism that accounts for the dual role of JNK in apoptosis and survival signaling has not been established. Here we demonstrate that JNK-stimulated survival signaling can be mediated by JunD. The JNK/JunD pathway can collaborate with NF-kappaB to increase antiapoptotic gene expression. This observation accounts for the ability of JNK to cause either survival or apoptosis in different cellular contexts. Furthermore, these data illustrate the general principal that signal transduction pathway integration is critical for the ability of cells to mount an appropriate biological response to a specific challenge.

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Citation: Mol Cell. 2003 Jun;11(6):1479-89.

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Molecular cell

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