Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression by mitogen-activated protein kinase p38

FEBS Lett. 2003 Jul 3;546(1):37-44. doi: 10.1016/s0014-5793(03)00439-3.


The mitogen-activated protein kinase p38 pathway was originally identified as a signalling cascade activated by pro-inflammatory stimuli and cellular stresses, and playing a critical role in the translational regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokine synthesis. In almost a decade since this discovery, a great deal has been learned about the role of the p38 pathway in the post-transcriptional regulation of pro-inflammatory gene expression. However, important questions remain to be answered concerning the specificity and mechanism or mechanisms of action of p38. This review describes recent progress and remaining puzzles in the field of post-transcriptional regulation by p38.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / physiopathology
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases / metabolism
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Models, Biological
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational*
  • Signal Transduction
  • p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases


  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases