SRSF6 balances mitochondrial-driven innate immune outcomes through alternative splicing of BAX Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • SUMMARYTo mount a protective response to infection while preventing hyperinflammation, gene expression in innate immune cells must be tightly regulated. Despite the importance of pre-mRNA splicing in shaping the proteome, its role in balancing immune outcomes remains understudied. Transcriptomic analysis of murine macrophage cell lines identified Serine/Arginine Rich Splicing factor 6 (SRSF6) as a gatekeeper of mitochondrial homeostasis. SRSF6 orchestrates this by directing alternative splicing of the mitochondrial pore-forming protein BAX. Loss of SRSF6 promotes accumulation of BAX-, a variant that sensitizes macrophages to undergo cell death and triggers upregulation of interferon stimulated genes through cGAS sensing of cytosolic mitochondrial DNA. Upon pathogen sensing, macrophages regulate SRSF6 expression to control the liberation of immunogenic mtDNA and adjust the threshold for entry into programmed cell death. This work defines BAX alternative splicing by SRSF6 as a critical node not only in mitochondrial homeostasis, but also in the macrophages response to pathogens.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wagner, A. R., Weindel, C. G., West, K. O., Scott, H. M., Watson, R. O., & Patrick, K. L.

complete list of authors

  • Wagner, Allison R||Weindel, Chi G||West, Kelsi O||Scott, Haley M||Watson, Robert O||Patrick, Kristin L

Book Title

  • bioRxiv

publication date

  • July 2022