Modular Architecture of the STING C-Terminal Tail Allows Interferon and NF-κB Signaling Adaptation.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Cell Rep, Volume 27, Issue 4, p.1165-1175.e5 (2019)


<p>Stimulator of interferon genes (STING) is a key regulator of type I interferon and pro-inflammatory responses&nbsp;during infection, cellular stress, and cancer. Here, we reveal a mechanism for how STING balances activation of IRF3- and NF-κB-dependent transcription&nbsp;and discover that acquisition of discrete signaling modules in the vertebrate STING C-terminal tail (CTT) shapes downstream immunity. As a defining example, we identify a motif appended to the CTT of zebrafish STING that inverts the typical vertebrate signaling response and results in dramatic NF-κB activation and weak IRF3-interferon signaling. We determine a co-crystal structure that explains how this CTT sequence recruits TRAF6 as a new binding partner and demonstrate that the minimal motif is sufficient to reprogram human STING and immune&nbsp;activation in macrophage cells. Together, our results define the STING CTT as a linear signaling hub that can acquire modular motifs to readily adapt downstream immunity.</p>