Journal article

The Role of the Key Effector of Necroptotic Cell Death, MLKL, in Mouse Models of Disease

Emma C Tovey Crutchfield, Sarah E Garnish, Joanne M Hildebrand

BIOMOLECULES | MDPI | Published : 2021


Necroptosis is an inflammatory form of lytic programmed cell death that is thought to have evolved to defend against pathogens. Genetic deletion of the terminal effector protein-MLKL-shows no overt phenotype in the C57BL/6 mouse strain under conventional laboratory housing conditions. Small molecules that inhibit necroptosis by targeting the kinase activity of RIPK1, one of the main upstream conduits to MLKL activation, have shown promise in several murine models of non-infectious disease and in phase II human clinical trials. This has triggered in excess of one billion dollars (USD) in investment into the emerging class of necroptosis blocking drugs, and the potential utility of targeting t..

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Awarded by Australian NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

J.M.H. is the recipient of an Australian NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1142669. S.E.G. is the recipient of TheWendy Dowsett Scholarship. ETC is the recipient of the Attracting and Retaining Clinician-Scientists (ARCS) scholarship.