The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the serine/threonine protein kinase family. Although this kinase is found in many tissues, its expression in lymphoid follicles is restricted to the cells of germinal centre, where it may participate in B-cell differentiation. This kinase can be activated by TNF-alpha, and has been shown to specifically activate MAP kinases. This kinase is also found to interact with TNF receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2), which is involved in the activation of MAP3K1/MEKK1.
B lymphocyte serine/threonine protein kinase; B lymphocyte serine/threonine-protein kinase; GC kinase; Germinal center kinase; germinal centre kinase (GC kinase); MAPK/ERK kinase kinase kinase 2; MEK kinase kinase 2; MEKKK 2; Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase kinase 2; Rab8 interacting protein; Rab8-interacting protein