BCL6 represses NFkappaB activity in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas

J Pathol. 2008 Mar;214(4):498-507. doi: 10.1002/path.2279.


BCL6 is a transcriptional repressor whose deregulated expression plays a key role in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs). BCL6 expression characterizes one of the two main subtypes (GC type) of DLBCL, while the other (ABC type) is recognized by increased NFkappaB activation. The mechanistic basis of this distinction remains unclear and the BCL6 targets have been only partially explored. Here we describe how NFkappaB activity is increased after BCL6 silencing by shRNA in DLBCL cells, leading us to propose that BCL6 represses NFkappaB activity. We also demonstrate that this repression is brought about by a mechanism involving protein-protein interaction between BCL6 and NFkappaB members, both in vitro and in vivo. Analysis of a series of DLBCLs shows a negative correlation between the expression of NFkappaB target genes and BCL6. This combined approach using silenced cells and a series of human DLBCL samples leads us to a better understanding of the role of BCL6 as an NFkappaB regulator in B-cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Gene Silencing
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / genetics
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / metabolism*
  • NF-kappa B / genetics
  • NF-kappa B / metabolism*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-6 / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-6 / metabolism
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-6 / physiology*
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Up-Regulation
  • Zinc Fingers / genetics


  • NF-kappa B
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-6