Summary: Interleukin 4
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Crystal structure of human IL-4 (2INT)
|Symbols||; BCGF-1; BCGF1; BSF-1; BSF1; IL-4|
|RNA expression pattern|
analysis of the solution structure of human interleukin 4 determined by heteronuclear three-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance techniques
The interleukin 4 (IL4) is a cytokine that induces differentiation of naive helper T cells (Th0 cells) to Th2 cells. Upon activation by IL-4, Th2 cells subsequently produce additional IL-4 in a positive feedback loop. The cell that initially produces IL-4, thus inducing Th0 differentiation, has not been identified, but recent studies suggest that basophils may be the effector cell. It is closely related and has functions similar to Interleukin 13.
It has many biological roles, including the stimulation of activated B-cell and T-cell proliferation, and the differentiation of B cells into plasma cells. It is a key regulator in humoral and adaptive immunity. IL-4 induces B-cell class switching to IgE, and up-regulates MHC class II production. IL-4 decreases the production of Th1 cells, macrophages, IFN-gamma, and dendritic cell IL-12.
Inflammation and wound repair
Tissue macrophages play an important role in chronic inflammation and wound repair. The presence of IL-4 in extravascular tissues promotes alternative activation of macrophages into M2 cells and inhibits classical activation of macrophages into M1 cells. An increase in repair macrophages (M2) is coupled with secretion of IL-10 and TGF-β that result in a diminution of pathological inflammation. Release of arginase, proline, polyaminases and TGF-β by the activated M2 cell is tied with wound repair and fibrosis.
The receptor for Interleukin-4 is known as the IL-4Rα. This receptor exists in 3 different complexes throughout the body. Type 1 receptors are composed of the IL-4Rα subunit with a common γ chain and specifically bind IL-4. Type 2 receptors consist of an IL-4Rα subunit bound to a different subunit known as IL-13Rα1. These type 2 receptors have the ability to bind both IL-4 and IL-13, two cytokines with closely related biological functions.
IL-4 has a compact, globular fold (similar to other cytokines), stabilised by 3 disulphide bonds. One half of the structure is dominated by a 4 alpha-helix bundle with a left-handed twist. The helices are anti-parallel, with 2 overhand connections, which fall into a 2-stranded anti-parallel beta-sheet.
IL-4 also has been shown to drive mitogenesis, dedifferentiation, and metastasis in rhabdomyosarcoma. IL-4, along with other Th2 cytokines, is involved in the airway inflammation observed in the lungs of patients with allergic asthma.
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- Jon Aster, Vinay Kumar, Abul K. Abbas; Nelson Fausto (2009). Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders. p. 54. ISBN 1-4160-3121-9.
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- Chatila TA (October 2004). "Interleukin-4 receptor signaling pathways in asthma pathogenesis". Trends Mol Med 10 (10): 493–9. doi:10.1016/j.molmed.2004.08.004. PMID 15464449.
- Carr C, Aykent S, Kimack NM, Levine AD (February 1991). "Disulfide assignments in recombinant mouse and human interleukin 4". Biochemistry 30 (6): 1515–23. doi:10.1021/bi00220a011. PMID 1993171.
- Walter MR, Cook WJ, Zhao BG, Cameron RP, Ealick SE, Walter RL, Reichert P, Nagabhushan TL, Trotta PP, Bugg CE (October 1992). "Crystal structure of recombinant human interleukin-4". J. Biol. Chem. 267 (28): 20371–6. PMID 1400355.
- Howard M, Paul WE (1982). "Interleukins for B lymphocytes". Lymphokine Res. 1 (1): 1–4. PMID 6985399.
- Yokota T; et al. (1986). "Isolation and characterization of a human interleukin cDNA clone, homologous to mouse B-cell stimulatory factor 1, that expresses B-cell- and T-cell-stimulating activities". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 83 (16): 5894–8. doi:10.1073/pnas.83.16.5894. PMC 386403. PMID 3016727.
- Hosoyama T, Aslam MI, Abraham J, Prajapati SI, Nishijo K, Michalek JE, Zarzabal LA, Nelon LD, Guttridge DC, Rubin BP, Keller C (May 2011). "IL-4R Drives Dedifferentiation, Mitogenesis, and Metastasis in Rhabdomyosarcoma". Clin Cancer Res 17 (9): 2757–2766. doi:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-10-3445. PMC 3087179. PMID 21536546.
- Apte SH, Baz A, Kelso A, Kienzle N (2008). "Interferon-gamma and interleukin-4 reciprocally regulate CD8 expression in CD8+ T cells". Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 105 (45): 17475–80. doi:10.1073/pnas.0809549105. PMC 2580749. PMID 18988742.
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- Marone G, Florio G, Petraroli A, de Paulis A (2001). "Dysregulation of the IgE/Fc epsilon RI network in HIV-1 infection". J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 107 (1): 22–30. doi:10.1067/mai.2001.111589. PMID 11149986.
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- Maeda S, Yanagihara Y (2001). "[Inflammatory cytokines (IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13)]". Nippon Rinsho 59 (10): 1894–9. PMID 11676128.
- Izuhara K, Arima K, Yasunaga S (2003). "IL-4 and IL-13: their pathological roles in allergic diseases and their potential in developing new therapies". Current drug targets. Inflammation and allergy 1 (3): 263–9. doi:10.2174/1568010023344661. PMID 14561191.
- Copeland KF (2006). "Modulation of HIV-1 transcription by cytokines and chemokines". Mini reviews in medicinal chemistry 5 (12): 1093–101. doi:10.2174/138955705774933383. PMID 16375755.
- Olver S, Apte S, Baz A, Kienzle N (2007). "The duplicitous effects of interleukin 4 on tumour immunity: how can the same cytokine improve or impair control of tumour growth?". Tissue Antigens 69 (4): 293–8. doi:10.1111/j.1399-0039.2007.00831.x. PMID 17389011.
- Sokol CL, Chu NQ, Shuang Yu, Simone Nish, Terri Laufer & Ruslan Medzhitov (2009). "Basophils function as antigen-presenting cells for an allergen-induced T helper type 2 response". Nature Immunology 10 (7): 713–720. doi:10.1038/ni.1738. PMC 3252751. PMID 19465907.
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- Interleukin-4 at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
- Interleukin-4 from Gentaur at Gentaur
- Recombinant Human Interleukin-4 from Cornell University
- Interleukin-4 from Allergy Glossary at Health On the Net Foundation
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Cytokines are protein messengers that carry information from cell to cell [PUBMED:8151703]. Interleukin is one such molecule, and participates in several B-cell activation processes: e.g., it enhances production and secretion of IgG1 and IgE [PUBMED:3083412]; it induces expression of class II major histocompatability complex (MHC) molecules on resting B-cells; and it regulates expression of the low affinity Fc receptor for IgE on lymphocytes and monocytes. Interleukin-4 (IL4), which this entry represents, has a compact, globular fold (similar to other cytokines), stabilised by 3 disulphide bonds [PUBMED:1993171]. One half of the structure is dominated by a 4 alpha-helix bundle with a left-handed twist [PUBMED:1400355]. The helices are anti-parallel, with 2 overhand connections, which fall into a 2-stranded anti-parallel beta-sheet [PUBMED:1400355].
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|Cellular component||extracellular region (GO:0005576)|
|Molecular function||growth factor activity (GO:0008083)|
|interleukin-4 receptor binding (GO:0005136)|
|Biological process||immune response (GO:0006955)|
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Cytokines are regulatory peptides that can be produced by various cells for communicating and orchestrating the large multicellular system. Cytokines are key mediators of hematopoiesis, immunity, allergy, inflammation, tissue remodeling, angiogenesis, and embryonic development . This superfamily includes both the long and short chain helical cytokines.
The clan contains the following 25 members:CNTF CSF-1 EPO_TPO Flt3_lig GCSF GM_CSF Hormone_1 IFN-gamma IL10 IL11 IL12 IL13 IL15 IL2 IL22 IL3 IL34 IL4 IL5 IL6 Interferon Leptin LIF_OSM PRF SCF
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|Average length of the domain:||106.90 aa|
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|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||79.80 %|
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