166 Increase in TILRR Expression in Areas of Vascular Inflammation Alters NF-KB Control Through Cytoskeletal Release of the Inhibitor IKBA – Interdisciplinary Analysis Using Predictive Agent Based Modelling

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Interleukin-1 (IL-1) and its signalling receptor (IL-1RI) are well known as central regulators of vascular repair and injury. Specifically, activation of the NF-kB pathway and its control of inflammatory and anti-apoptotic signals have pronounced effects on development of atherosclerosis. TILRR is a recently identified co-receptor to IL-1RI, which amplifies NF-kB activities and alters gene activation profiles induced by IL-1.1 TILRR is highly expressed at sites of vascular inflammation where its recruitment to the IL-1 receptor complex enhances inflammatory signals, reduces apoptosis and triggers cytoskeletal collapse during IL-1 stimulation. Mutants of TILRR (R425 and D448) have been produced, and demonstrated to selectively reduce enhanced inflammatory or anti-apoptotic signals through the IL-1 receptor complex.2

Methods and Results

We have developed an agent-based model of the IL-1R signalling pathway capable of qualitatively reproducing in vitro data of IkBa degradation and NF-kB nuclear translocation. The model describes accurately the impact of varying TILRR expression, the effects of varying the affinity for adaptor proteins at the level of the receptor complex, and the specific regulation of NF-kB controlled responses induced by wild type TILRR and the R425 and D448 mutants. Further investigation with this model identifies a novel regulation of the IL-1 signalling response through the binding and release of IkBa by the cytoskeleton, which has previously been shown to sequester 2/3 of cellular IkBa.3 Here we demonstrate the relevance of the cytoskeletal pool of IkBa in NF-kB control using the computational model in combination with in vitro experiments.


Using agent-based modelling we predict that both cytoskeletal sequestering of IkBa and its release upon IL-1 stimulation impact the kinetics and levels of the cellular response. The effects are expected to play a significant part in the altered gene activation profiles induced by IL-1RI activation at sites of inflammation during development of atherosclerosis.


The research is supported by BBSRC grant BB/J009687/1 to EEQ and MWH.

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