Interleukin 6 (IL-6) - I can change your body's temperature set point!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:13

IL-6 is an immunoregulatory cytokine that functions in inflammation and B-cell maturation. It was originally identified as a B-cell differentiation factor. It is primarily made at sites of acute and chronic inflammation, where it is secreted into serum and induces a transcriptional inflammatory response through the cell surface assembly of interleukin-6 alpha receptor (IL-6R, alpha) and the signaling receptor gp130. IL-6 functions in a large and wide variety of inflammation-associated disease states, including fever and the acute phase response, energy mobilization, innate immunity response, and susceptibility to diabetes mellitus and systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Rincon and Irvin give a thorough overview of the role of IL-6 in asthma and pulmonary inflammatory diseases1. Additionally, IL-6 functions in the central nervous system (CNS) as a neurotrophin under both normal homeostasis conditions as well as developmental and injury response situations, as reviewed by Erta et al2.

Immunohistochemistry-Paraffin: IL6 Antibody Immunohistochemistry-Paraffin: IL6 Antibody

Organ transplantation research with the IL-6 antibody supports a predisposing concept that human islet purification and isolation causes damage, functional impairment, and reduced viability3. An Italian group performed immunohistochemistry with the IL-6 antibody to examine the tumor microenvironment in colorectal cancer patients, where they validated the use of the stromal toll-like receptor 4 (TLR-4) as a prognostic marker4.  Additional immunohistochemistry experiments using the IL-6 antibody demonstrates that the clearance of alpha-synuclein in response to immunotherapy occurs through enhanced protein clearance, preventing cell-to-cell aggregate transmission. This action effectively reduces abnormal synuclein deposition that is seen in Parkinson's disease (PD) and may be an effective target5.

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