The complicated role of NF-B in T-cell selection

Mingzhao Zhu, Yangxin Fu

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The nuclear factor (NF)-B transcription factor family plays important roles in the immune system. Aberrant NF-B signaling is frequently associated with inflammation and autoimmune diseases but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Recent studies show that NF-B plays a critical role in T-cell central tolerance. Two NF-B signaling pathways have been identified: the canonical pathway and the alternative pathway. In the establishment of T-cell central tolerance, the alternative pathway appears to be the key signaling component in thymic stromal cells for their development and function, while the canonical pathway exerts its function more in autonomous T-cell selection. This review intends to summarize the current understanding of the role of NF-B in establishing T-cell central tolerance and highlight unsolved intriguing questions for future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-93
Number of pages5
JournalCellular and Molecular Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • NF-kB
  • Thymic epithelial cell
  • Thymus
  • Tolerance
  • Treg

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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