Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Foundation Fellow Profile

Valentina Perissi Boston, MA

Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine

Fellow Profile

Current Site Of Practice: Boston
Hospital Affiliation:
Focus of Research: Molecular biology
Fellowship Year: 2012 – 2013
Attended: Boston University


A protective strategy against hyperinflammatory responses requiring the nontranscriptional actions of GPS2

Co-Authors Cardamone MD, Krones A, Tanasa B, Taylor H, Ricci L, Ohgi KA, Glass CK, Rosenfeld MG

The association between hyperinflammatory states and numerous diseases is widely recognized, but our understanding of the molecular strategies that have evolved to prevent uncontrolled activation of inflammatory responses remains incomplete. Here, we report a critical, nontranscriptional role of GPS2 as a guardian against hyperstimulation of the TNF-alpha;-induced gene program. GPS2 cytoplasmic actions are required to specifically modulate RIP1 ubiquitylation and JNK activation by inhibiting TRAF2/Ubc13 enzymatic activity. In vivo relevance of GPS2 anti-inflammatory role is confirmed by inhibition of TNF-alpha; target genes in macrophages and by improved insulin signaling in the adipose tissue of aP2-GPS2 transgenic mice. As the nontranscriptional role is complemented by GPS2 functioning as positive and negative cofactor for nuclear receptors, in vivo overexpression also results in elevated circulating level of Resistin and development of hepatic steatosis. Together, these studies define GPS2 as a molecular guardian required for precise control of inflammatory responses involved in immunity and homeostasis.

Mol Cell. 2012 Apr 13;46(1):91-104. Epub 2012 Mar 15.

More: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S109727651200113X