Lecture cytokines

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Lecture cytokines

  1. 1. CYTOKINES Cytokines are a diverse group of non-antibody proteins released by cells that act as intercellular mediators, especially in immune processes
  2. 2. <ul><li>Cytokines….. </li></ul><ul><li>Low molecular weight soluble proteins (polypeptides) produced in response to microbes and other antigens </li></ul><ul><li>They act via cell surface receptors to mediate and regulate the amplitude and duration of the immune-inflammatory responses, through activation of macrophages, controlling growth and differentiation of T and B cells </li></ul>
  3. 3. Naming of Cytokines <ul><li>1. Monokines - produced by mononuclear phagocytes (monocytes) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Lymphokine s - produced by activated T cells, primarily helper T cells </li></ul><ul><li>3. Interleukins - cytokines made by one leukocyte and acting on other leukocytes 4. Chemokines- cytokines with chemotactic activities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Properties <ul><li>1.Produced by cells involved in both natural and specific immunity </li></ul><ul><li>2. Mediate and regulate immune and inflammatory responses </li></ul><ul><li>3. Secretion is brief and limited </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>not stored as pre-formed molecules </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Synthesis is initiated by new short-lived gene transcription </li></ul><ul><li> mRNA is short-lived </li></ul><ul><li>4. P leiotropic -different cell types to secrete the same cytokine or for a single cytokine to act on several different cell types </li></ul>
  5. 6. 5. Redundancy -similar functions can be stimulated by different cytokines. Receptors for cytokines are heterodimers (sometimes heterotrimers) that can be grouped into families in which one subunit is common to all members of a given family.
  6. 8. <ul><li>6. Often influence the synthesis of other cytokines </li></ul><ul><li>They can produce cascades, or enhance or suppress production of other cytokines </li></ul><ul><li>They exert positive or negative regulatory mechanisms for immune inflammatory responses </li></ul><ul><li>7. Often influence the action of other cytokines. antagonistic - cytokines causing opposing activities </li></ul><ul><li> additive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>synergistic -two or more cytokines acting together (greater than additive) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 10. <ul><li>8. Bind to specific receptors on target cells with high affinity.. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Cellular responses to cytokines are generally slow (hours), require new mRNA and protein synthesis </li></ul>
  8. 11. Cytokine action can be <ul><li>autocrine – act on the same cell that secreted </li></ul><ul><li>paracrine –act on a nearby cell: </li></ul><ul><li>endocrine –act on a distant cell reached through the circulation: </li></ul>
  9. 13. Functional Categories of Cytokines <ul><li>Cytokines classified according to their biologic actions into three groups: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Mediators and regulators of innate immunity </li></ul><ul><li>- Produced by activated microphages and NK cells </li></ul><ul><li>in response to microbial infection </li></ul><ul><li>- they act mainly on endothelial cells and </li></ul><ul><li>leukocytes to stimulate the early inflammatory </li></ul><ul><li>response to microbes </li></ul>
  10. 14. <ul><li>2) Mediators and regulators of acquired immunity </li></ul><ul><li>- Produced mainly by T lymphocytes in response to </li></ul><ul><li>specific recognition of foreign antigens </li></ul><ul><li>- They include IL-2, IL-4, IL-5,, IL-13, IFN, </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming growth factor- β (TGF- β ) and </li></ul><ul><li>lymphotoxin (TNF- β ) </li></ul><ul><li>3) Stimulators of haematopoiesis </li></ul><ul><li>- Produced by bon marrow, stormal cells, leukocytes </li></ul><ul><li>- Stimulate growth and differentiation of leukocytes </li></ul><ul><li>- Stem cell factor, IL-3, IL-7, GM-CSF </li></ul>
  11. 19. <ul><li>When T cells are resting, they do not make cytokines such as interleukins 2, 4 or 7. </li></ul><ul><li>Nor do they express large amounts of their receptors. There are no IL-2 receptors. </li></ul><ul><li>Activation of T cells results in the formation of high affinity IL-2 receptors and induction of the synthesis and secretion of IL-2 and IL-4. </li></ul><ul><li>These bind to their receptors and the cells proliferate. </li></ul><ul><li>When stimulation by interleukins declines (e.g. when antigen stimulation declines), receptors decay and the proliferative phase is atan end. Note: stimulation by the cytokines can be paracrine or autocrine . </li></ul>
  12. 22. Cytokine Receptors <ul><li>Divided into several families based on their structure and activities </li></ul>
  13. 23. <ul><li>Hematopoietin family </li></ul><ul><li>receptors are dimers or trimers </li></ul><ul><li>conserved cysteines in their extracellular domains and a conserved Trp-Ser-X-Trp-Ser sequence. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples are receptors for IL-2 through IL-7 and GM-CSF. </li></ul>
  14. 24. <ul><li>Interferon family </li></ul><ul><li>receptors have the conserved cysteine residues but not the Trp-Ser-X-Trp-Ser sequence, </li></ul><ul><li>Eg. the receptors for IFNa, IFNb, and IFNg. </li></ul>
  15. 25. <ul><li>Tumor Necrosis Factor family </li></ul><ul><li>receptors have four extracellular domains; they include receptors for soluble TNFa and TNFb as well as membrane-bound CD40 (important for B cell and macrophage activation) and Fas (which signals the cell to undergo apoptosis). </li></ul>
  16. 26. <ul><li>Chemokine family </li></ul><ul><li>receptors have seven transmembrane helices and interact with G protein. This family includes receptors for IL-8, MIP-1 and RANTES. </li></ul><ul><li>Chemokine receptors CCR5 and CXCR4 are used by HIV to preferentially enter either macrophages or T cells. </li></ul>
  17. 27. Therapeutic Uses of Cytokines <ul><li>1) Interferon in treatment of viral diseases, cancer </li></ul><ul><li>2) Several cytokines are used to enhance T-cell activation in immunofideficincy diseases, e.g. IL-2, IFN-  ,TNF-  </li></ul><ul><li>3) IL-2 and lymphokine activating killer cells (LAK) in treatment of cancer </li></ul><ul><li>4) GM-CSF induces increase in white cell count, it is used: </li></ul><ul><li>a- To restore leukocytic count after cytotoxic </li></ul><ul><li>chemotherapy induced neutropenia </li></ul><ul><li>b- After bon marrow transplantation </li></ul><ul><li>C- To correct AIDS-associated leukopenia </li></ul>
  18. 28. <ul><li>5) Anti-cytokines antibodies in management of </li></ul><ul><li>autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection: </li></ul><ul><li>a- Anti-TNF in treatment rheumatoid arthritis </li></ul><ul><li>b- Anti-IL2R to reduce graft rejection </li></ul><ul><li>6) Anti-TNF antibodies in treating septic shock </li></ul><ul><li>7) Anti-IL-2R  in treating adult T-cell leukemia </li></ul><ul><li>8) Anti-IL-4 is under trial for treatment of allergies </li></ul>

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