|Cell Proliferation Induced by IL‑6 and Neutralization by Feline IL‑6 Antibody. Recombinant Feline IL‑6 (Catalog # 2305-FL) stimulates proliferation in the T1126.96.36.199 mouse plasmacytoma cell line in a dose-dependent manner (orange line). Proliferation elicited by Recombinant Feline IL‑6 (10 ng/mL) is neutralized (green line) by increasing concentrations of Mouse Anti-Feline IL‑6 Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # MAB2305). The ND50 is typically 3-10 µg/mL.|
Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic alpha -helical cytokine that plays important roles in acute phase reactions, inflammation, hematopoiesis, bone metabolism, and cancer progression. IL-6 activity is central to the transition from acute inflammation to either acquired immunity or chronic inflammatory disease. It is secreted by multiple cell types as a 22 kDa‑28 kDa phosphorylated and variably glycosylated molecule (1‑4). Mature feline IL-6 is 181 amino acids (aa) in length and shares 76%, 58%, 39%, and 41% aa sequence identity with canine, human, mouse, and rat IL-6, respectively (5). IL-6 induces signaling through a cell surface heterodimeric receptor complex composed of a ligand binding subunit (IL-6 R) and a signal transducing subunit (gp130). IL-6 binds to IL-6 R, triggering IL-6 R association with gp130 and gp130 dimerization (6). gp130 is also a component of the receptors for CLC, CNTF, CT-1, IL-11, IL-27, LIF, and OSM (7). Soluble forms of IL-6 R are generated by both alternate splicing and proteolytic cleavage (3). In a mechanism known as trans-signaling, complexes of soluble IL-6 and IL-6 R elicit responses from gp130‑expressing cells that lack cell surface IL-6 R (3). Trans-signaling enables a wider range of cell types to respond to IL-6, as the expression of gp130 is ubiquitous while that of IL-6 R is predominantly restricted to hepatocytes, leukocytes, and lymphocytes (3). Soluble splice forms of gp130 block trans-signaling from IL-6/IL-6 R but not from other cytokines that utilize gp130 as a coreceptor (4, 8).
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