Summary: Interleukin 4
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Crystal structure of human IL-4 (2INT)
|RNA expression pattern|
analysis of the solution structure of human interleukin 4 determined by heteronuclear three-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance techniques
Interleukin 4, abbreviated IL-4, 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. 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-Î² that result in a diminution of pathological inflammation. Release of arginase, proline, polyaminases and TGF-Î² by the activated M2 cell is tied with wound repair and fibrosis.
The receptor for Interleukin-4 is known as the IL-4RÎ±. This receptor exists in 3 different complexes throughout the body. Type 1 receptors are composed of the IL-4RÎ± subunit with a common Î³ chain and specifically bind IL-4. Type 2 receptors consist of an IL-4RÎ± subunit bound to either another IL-4RÎ±, or a different subunit known as IL-13RÎ±1. 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.
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- Interleukin-4 at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
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InterPro entry IPR002354Cytokines 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) 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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