A Chemical Proteomics Approach to Discover Regulators of Innate Immune Signaling

Andrew P. Kurland, Boris Bonaventure, Jeffrey R. Johnson

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Innate immune pathways are tightly regulated to balance an appropriate response to infectious agents and tolerable levels of inflammation. Dysregulation of innate immune pathways can lead to severe autoinflammatory disorders or susceptibility to infections. Here, we aimed to identify kinases in common cellular pathways that regulate innate immune pathways by combining small-scale kinase inhibitor screening with quantitative proteomics. We found that inhibitors of kinases ATM, ATR, AMPK, and PLK1 reduced the induction of interferon-stimulated gene expression in response to innate immune pathway activation by poly(I:C) transfection. However, siRNA depletion of these kinases did not validate findings with kinase inhibitors, suggesting that off-target effects may explain their activities. We mapped the effects of kinase inhibitors to various stages in innate immune pathways. Determining the mechanisms by which kinase inhibitors antagonize these pathways may illuminate novel mechanisms of innate immune pathway control.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1112
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2023


  • AMPK
  • ATM
  • ATR
  • PLK1
  • RIG-I
  • interferon
  • kinases
  • phosphoproteomics
  • proteomics
  • signaling pathways


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