FUNCTION: [Summary is not available for the mouse gene. This summary is for the human ortholog.] This gene encodes a pyrin-like protein containing a pyrin domain, a nucleotide-binding site (NBS) domain, and a leucine-rich repeat (LRR) motif. This protein interacts with the apoptosis-associated speck-like protein PYCARD/ASC, which contains a caspase recruitment domain, and is a member of the NALP3 inflammasome complex. This complex functions as an upstream activator of NF-kappaB signaling, and it plays a role in the regulation of inflammation, the immune response, and apoptosis. Mutations in this gene are associated with familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome (FCAS), Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS), chronic infantile neurological cutaneous and articular (CINCA) syndrome, and neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID). Multiple alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding distinct isoforms have been identified for this gene. Alternative 5' UTR structures are suggested by available data; however, insufficient evidence is available to determine if all of the represented 5' UTR splice patterns are biologically valid. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2008] PHENOTYPE: Mice homozygous for null mutations exhibit attenuated inflammatory responses related to decrease secretion of IL-1beta and IL-18. Mice heterozygous for activating mutations suffer from autoinflammatory attacks that lead to organ failure and death before weaning. [provided by MGI curators]
Figure 1.Park7mice exhibited diminished IL-1β secretion in response to priming with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) followed by nigericin treatment. IL-1β levels were determined by ELISA. Normalized data are shown. Abbreviations: WT, wild-type; REF, homozygous reference mice; HET, heterozygous variant mice; VAR, homozygous variant mice. Mean (μ) and standard deviation (σ) are indicated.
The Park7 phenotype was identified among N-nitroso-N-ethylurea (ENU)-mutagenized G3 mice of the pedigree R4305, some of which showed a decreased secretion of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1β in response to priming with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) followed by nigericin treatment (Figure 1).
Nature of Mutation
Figure 2.Linkage mapping of the reduced IL-1β secretion after nigericin treatment using an additive model of inheritance. Manhattan plot shows -log10 P values (Y-axis) plotted against the chromosome positions of 31 mutations (X-axis) identified in the G1 male of pedigree R4305. Normalized phenotype data are shown for single locus linkage analysis with consideration of G2 dam identity. Horizontal pink and red lines represent thresholds of P = 0.05, and the threshold for P = 0.05 after applying Bonferroni correction, respectively.
Whole exome HiSeq sequencing of the G1 grandsire identified 31 mutations. The impaired inflammasome response was linked by continuous variable mapping to a mutation in Nlrp3: a C to T transition at base pair 59,548,010 (v38) on chromosome 11, or base pair 6,442 in the GenBank genomic region NC_000077. Linkage was found with an additive model of inheritance (P = 2.239 x 10-7), wherein 8 variant homozygotes and 15 heterozygotes departed phenotypically from 10 homozygous reference mice (Figure 2).
The mutation corresponds to residue 638 in the mRNA sequence NM_145827 within exon 4 of 10 total exons.
The mutated nucleotide is indicated in red. The mutation results in substitution of arginine (R) 138 to a premature stop codon (R138*) in the NLRP3 protein.
Illustration of Mutations in
Gene & Protein
Figure 3. Domain structure of NLRP3. Shown are the pyrin domain (PYD), NACHT domain, NACHT-associated domain (NAD), and leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain. Together, the NACHT and NAD domains are known as the nucleotide-binding domain (NBD). The Park7 mutation results in substitution of arginine 138 to a premature stop codon. This image is interactive. Other mutations found in NLRP3 are noted in red. Click on each mutation for more specific information.
The Nlrp3 gene encodes a 1,033 amino acid protein that is a member of the nucleotide-binding and oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptor (NLR) or CATERPILLER [for CARD, transcription enhancer, R(purine)-binding, pyrin, lots of leucine repeats] family [Figure 3; (1)]. NLRP3 has a pyrin domain (PYD) at the N-terminus (amino acids 1-91). NLRP3 has a C-terminal leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain (amino acids 739-988), a central oligomerization NACHT usually with a C-terminal extension known as the NACHT associated domain (NAD) that together comprise a nucleotide-binding domain (NBD; amino acids 216-532), and an N-terminal effector domain. The N-terminus of NLRP3 contains a pyrin domain (PYD; amino acids 1-91). The Park7 mutation results in substitution of arginine (R) 138 to a premature stop codon (R138*); Arg138 is within an undefined region between the PYD and NACHT domains.
For more information about Nlrp3, please see the record for ND1.
NLRP3 is able to oligomerize through its NBD domain and assemble into large caspase-1-activating multiprotein complexes termed inflammasomes upon the detection of pathogenic or other danger signals in the cytoplasm. A large variety of agents have been shown to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome, and NLRP3 plays an important role in the innate immune response. Mutations within the NBD have been shown to reduce ATP binding, as well as NLRP3 protein function including caspase-1 activation, IL-1β production, cell death, macromolecular complex formation, self-association, and association with apoptosis-associated speck-like protein (ASC). The phenotype of the Park7 mice suggests that the mutated protein, if expressed, is inactive or has reduced activity.