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Type: Journal article
Title: The functional basis of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, interleukin-3 and interleukin-5 receptor activation, basic and clinical implications
Author: Woodcock, J.
Bagley, C.
Lopez, A.
Citation: The International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 1999; 31(-):1017-1025
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 1357-2725
Abstract: The cytokines granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, interleukin-3 and interleukin-5 have overlapping activities on cells expressing their receptors. This is explained by their sharing a receptor signal transduction subunit, beta c. This communal signaling subunit is also required for high affinity binding of all three cytokines. Therapeutic approaches attempting to interfere or modulate haemopoietic cells using cytokines or their analogues can in some instances be limited due to functional redundancy amongst cytokines using shared receptor signaling subunits. Therefore, a better approach would be to develop therapeutics against the shared subunit. Studies examining the GM-CSF, IL-3 and IL-5 receptors have identified the key events leading to functional receptor activation. With this knowledge, it is now possible to identify new targets for the development of a new class of antagonist that blocks the biological activity of all the cytokines utilizing beta c. This approach may be extended to other receptor systems such as IL-4 and IL-13 where receptor activation is dependent on a common signaling and binding subunit.
Keywords: Animals
Receptors, Cytokine
Receptors, Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor
Receptors, Interleukin-3
Receptors, Interleukin
Binding Sites
Receptors, Interleukin-5
DOI: 10.1016/S1357-2725(99)00084-9
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