MDP‐induced interleukin‐1β processing requires Nod2 and CIAS1/NALP3 Academic Article uri icon


  • Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (Nod)2 is a sensor of muramyl dipeptides (MDP) derived from bacterial peptidoglycan. Nod2 also plays a role in some autoinflammatory diseases. Cold-induced autoinflammatory syndrome 1 (CIAS1)/NACHT domain, leucine-rich repeat, and pyrin domain-containing protein 3 (NALP3) has been suggested to be sufficient for MDP-dependent release of mature IL-1beta, but the role of Nod2 in this process is unclear. Using mice bearing selective gene deletions, we provide in vitro and in vivo data showing that MDP-induced IL-1beta release requires Nod2 and CIAS1/NALP3 as well as receptor-interacting protein-2 (Rip2), apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase activation and recruitment domain (ASC), and caspase-1. In contrast, MDP-dependent IL-6 production only requires Nod2 and Rip2. Together, our data provide a new understanding of this important pathway of IL-1beta production and allow for further studies of the role of these proteins within the broader context of inflammatory disease.

author list (cited authors)

  • Pan, Q., Mathison, J., Fearns, C., Kravchenko, V. V., Da Silva Correia, J., Hoffman, H. M., ... Ulevitch, R. J.

citation count

  • 115

publication date

  • April 2007