Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in B-lymphocyte function

P. Rieckmann, Joseph Tuscano, J. H. Kehrl

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Two cytokines important in the regulation of B-cell function are tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). They act at different steps in B-cell differentiation and can be produced by the B cells themselves upon appropriate stimulation. Crosslinking of surface Ig and signaling through CD22 or CD40 lead to increased secretion of both cytokines. Neutralization of TNF-α or IL-6 biologic activity in B-cell cultures results in a significant reduction in B-cell proliferation and Ig secretion. Increased production of these cytokines is found in several diseases associated with aberrant B-cell function. This review will focus on the role of TNF-α and IL-6 in normal and pathophysiological conditions of B-cell function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-132
Number of pages5
JournalMethods: A Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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