Regulation of NF-κB by ubiquitination

Curr Opin Immunol. 2013 Feb;25(1):4-12. doi: 10.1016/j.coi.2012.12.005. Epub 2013 Jan 8.


The nuclear factor κ enhancer binding protein (NF-κB) family of transcription factors regulates the expression of a large array of genes involved in diverse cellular processes including inflammation, immunity and cell survival. Activation of NF-κB requires ubiquitination, a highly conserved and versatile modification that can regulate cell signaling through both proteasome dependent and independent mechanisms. Studies in the past few years have provided new insights into the mechanisms underlying regulation of NF-κB by ubiquitination, including the involvement of multiple linkages of ubiquitin, the essential role of ubiquitin binding, and the function of unanchored polyubiquitin chains. In this review, we will focus on recent advances in understanding the role of ubiquitination in NF-κB regulation in various pathways.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Expression Regulation / immunology
  • Humans
  • NF-kappa B / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Signal Transduction / immunology
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Transcriptional Activation / immunology
  • Ubiquitination*
  • Ubiquitins / immunology*


  • NF-kappa B
  • Ubiquitins