Recombinant Mouse LIX Protein


Recombinant Mouse LIX (Catalog # 433-MC) chemoattracts BaF3mouse pro B cells transfected with human CXCR2. The ED50 for this effect is0.03-0.1 µg/mL.

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Recombinant Mouse LIX Protein Summary

Details of Functionality
Measured by its ability to chemoattract BaF3 mouse pro‑B cells transfected with human CXCR2. The ED50 for this effect is 0.03-0.1 µg/mL. Measured by its ability to induce myeloperoxidase release from cytochalasin B-treated human neutrophils. Schröder, J.M. et al. (1987) J. Immunol. 139:3474. The ED50 for this effect is 1-3 μg/mL.
E. coli-derived mouse LIX protein
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N-terminal Sequence
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Recombinant Proteins
>97%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain.
Endotoxin Note
<0.01 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.


Theoretical MW
8 kDa.
Disclaimer note: The observed molecular weight of the protein may vary from the listed predicted molecular weight due to post translational modifications, post translation cleavages, relative charges, and other experimental factors.
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Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 12 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
  • 1 month, 2 to 8 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in PBS with BSA as a carrier protein.
>97%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain.
Reconstitution Instructions
Reconstitute at 25 μg/mL in sterile PBS containing at least 0.1% human or bovine serum albumin.


This product is produced by and ships from R&D Systems, Inc., a Bio-Techne brand.

Alternate Names for Recombinant Mouse LIX Protein

  • LIX


LIX (Liposaccharide-Induced CXC chemokine; also GARG-8) is a secreted 8-10 kDa member of the ELR+ class, CXC family, chemokine superfamily of molecules (1-4).  It is one of five CXC chemokines in mouse, and serves as a functional equivalent of human ENA-78 and GCP-2.  Mouse LIX is synthesized as a 132 amino acid (aa) precursor that contains an extended 40 aa signal sequence plus a 92 aa mature peptide (aa 41-132) (1, 5).  No glycosylation has been reported for LIX.  Depending upon the author, the 92 aa full-length isoform is typically referred to as either simply LIX, or LIX (1-92).  Shorter isoforms have an accompanying range designation.  Although LIX has (marginal) activity, proteolytic processing is necessary for full bioactivity (5, 6).  To date, over 25 enzymatically-generated isoforms have been experimentally noted, ranging from 69-92 aa in length (6).  These may show only N-terminal, C-terminal, or dual-end processing, with removal of up to 10 N-terminal amino acids (#41-48) and 13 or 14 C-terminal amino acids (#119-132).  In vivo, it appears that multiple MMPs act sequentially (and redundantly) to generate a "standard" LIX isoform that consists of aa 5-78 of the mature form.  It is suggested that initially, MMP-2 is induced locally, and cleaves LIX 1-92 between Ser4-Val5.  This truncation results in an active product (LIX [5-92]) that chemoattracts PMNs.  Newly arriving PMNs now secrete MMP-9, which performs the same cleavage as MMP-2, chemoattracting more PMNs.  Neutrophil-derived MMP-8 is secreted next, which cleaves both the Ser4-Val5 and Lys79-Arg80 bonds, creating LIX (5-79) (7, 8).  Although somewhat unclear, macrophage derived MMP-12 also contributes to LIX activation, and in some circumstances cleaves the ELR motif of activated chemokines (but not LIX), rendering them inactive and downmodulating the inflammatory response (9).  Over aa 41-119 of the precursor, mouse LIX shares 73% and 63% aa sequence identity with rat LIX and human GCP-2, respectively.  Mouse LIX is known to be active on human cells (6).  Cells known to express LIX vary widely and include oligodendroglia (10), adipose tissue stem cells and macrophages (11, 12), platelets and endothelial cells (13), colonic epithelium (14), cardiomyocytes (15), Type II greater alveolar cells and ileal enterocytes (16), hepatocytes (17) and fibroblasts from multiple tissues (18, 19, 20). 

LIX is both constitutively expressed (16), and induced in response to a variety of stimuli, including LPS (18, 21), TNF-alpha (22), mast cell protease-6 (19), leptin (14), and oncostatin M (20).  Circulating LIX has two known signaling receptors, CXCR2 and CXCR1. Although the former is considered most important, the latter may prove to have nonredundant functions (6, 21, 23).  LIX also binds to DARC, a non-signaling receptor prominently expressed on erythrocytes.  Although non-signaling, this receptor serves as a sink or depot for LIX, keeping it from activating CXCR1 and CXCR2 (24).  Functionally, LIX is best known as a chemoattractant for neutrophils (5, 9, 15).  But it also reportedly chemoattracts macrophages and induces production of NO (14, 25), regulates gut IL-17 and G-CSF secretion (16), promotes TNF-alpha expression from mast cells and macrophages (26), and induces neurite outgrowth and protects against neuronal apoptosis by serving as an atypical growth factor (10).

  1. Hall-Glenn, F. and K.M. Lyons (2011) Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 68:3209.
  2. Bradham, D.M. et al. (1991) J. Cell Biol. 114:1285.
  3. Gao, R. and D.R. Brigstock (2004) J. Biol. Chem. 279:8848.
  4. Schober, J.M. et al. (2002) Blood 99:4457.
  5. Heng, E.C.K. et al. (2006) J. Cell Biochem. 98:409.
  6. Jedsadayanmata, A. et al. (1999) J. Biol. Chem. 274:24321.
  7. Gao, R. et al. (2003) Hepatol. Res. 27:214.
  8. Mercurio, S. et al. (2004) Development 131:2137.
  9. Wahab, N.A. et al. (2005) J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. 16:340.
  10. Abreu, J.G. et al. (2002) Nat. Cell Biol. 4:599.
  11. Hashimoto, G. et al. (2002) J. Biol. Chem. 277:36288.
  12. Khodosevich, K. et al. (2013) Neuron 79:1136.
  13. Shi-Wen, X. et al. (2006) J. Biol. Chem. 281:10715.
  14. Lee, C.H. et al. (2010) J. Clin. Invest. 120:3340.
  15. Canalis, E. et al. (2010) Endocrinology 151:3490.
  16. Nakanishi, T. et al. (2000) Endocrinology 141:264.
  17. Ivkovic, S. et al. (2003) Development 130:2779.
  18. Hall-Glenn, F. et al. (2012) PLoS One 7:e30562.
  19. Shimo, T. et al. (1999) J. Biochem. 126:137.

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Gene Symbol Cxcl5