Physiological roles and mechanisms of signaling by TRAF2 and TRAF5

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;597:32-47. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-70630-6_3.


RAF2 and TRAF5 are closely related members of the TRAF family of proteins. They are important signal transducers for a wide range of TNF receptor superfamily members, including TNFR1, TNFR2, CD40 and other lymphocyte costimulatory receptors, RANK/TRANCE-R, EDAR, LTbetaR, LMP-1 and IRE1. TRAF2 andTRAF5 therefore regulate diverse physiological roles, ranging from T and B cell signaling and inflammatory responses to organogenesis and cell survival. The major pathways mediated by TRAF2 and TRAF5 are the classical and alternative pathways of NF-kappaB activation, and MAPK and JNK activation. TRAF2 is heavily regulated by ubiquitin signals, and many of the signaling functions of TRAF2 are mediated through its RING domain and likely its own role as an E3 ubiquitin ligase.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 2 / chemistry
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 2 / physiology*
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 5 / chemistry
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 5 / physiology*


  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 2
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 5