Specific association of TBK1 with the trans-Golgi network following STING stimulation

Haruka Kemmoku, Yoshihiko Kuchitsu, Kojiro Mukai, Tomohiko Taguchi

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Stimulator of interferon genes (STING) is essential for the type I interferon response induced by microbial DNA or self-DNA leaked from mitochondria/nuclei. In response to the emergence of such DNAs in the cytosol, STING relocates from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to the Golgi, and activates TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1), a cytosolic kinase essential for the activation of STING-dependent downstream signalling. To understand at which subcellular compartments TBK1 becomes associated with STING, we generated cells stably expressing fluorescent proteintagged STING (mNeonGreen-STING) and TBK1 (TBK1-mScarletI). We found that after STING stimulation, TBK1 became associated with the trans-Golgi network (TGN), not the other parts of the Golgi. STING variants that constitutively induce the type I interferon response have been identified in patients with autoinflammatory diseases named “STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy (SAVI)”. Even in cells expressing these constitutively active STING variants, TBK1 was found to be associated with TGN, not the other parts of the Golgi. These results suggest that TGN acts as a specific platform where STING associates with and activates TBK1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalCell structure and function
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Innate immunity
  • Membrane traffic
  • The Golgi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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