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Title: Immunomodulatory properties of the IL-6 cytokine family in multiple sclerosis
Authors: Janssens, Kris
Slaets, Leen
Hellings, Niels
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Blackwell Science Publ
Citation: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1351, p. 52-60
Series/Report no.: 1351
Abstract: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disabling autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. The interleukin (IL)-6 cytokine family plays a crucial role in regulating the immune response in MS. All members of the IL-6 family share the common signal-transducing receptor protein, glycoprotein 130. Although the intracellular signaling of these cytokines seems to be largely overlapping, they have diverse and contrasting effects on the immune response. This review focuses on the effects of the family members IL-6, leukemia inhibitory factor, oncostatin M, and IL-11 on immune cell subsets and how these effects relate to the pathogenesis of MS. Finally, we propose possible avenues to modulate these family members for future MS therapy.
Notes: Address for correspondence: Niels Hellings, Department of Immunology, Biomedical Research Institute, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Building C, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. niels.hellings@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/19815
DOI: 10.1111/nyas.12821
ISI #: 000361382800005
ISSN: 0077-8923
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
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