Cytokine & growth factor reviews

Publisher: Elsevier

Current impact factor: 5.36

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 5.357
2013 Impact Factor 6.537
2012 Impact Factor 8.831
2011 Impact Factor 7.812
2010 Impact Factor 8.239
2009 Impact Factor 6.489
2008 Impact Factor 7.022
2007 Impact Factor 11.816
2006 Impact Factor 11.549
2005 Impact Factor 9.075
2004 Impact Factor 9.926
2003 Impact Factor 9.6
2002 Impact Factor 9.707
2001 Impact Factor 7.674
2000 Impact Factor 6.049

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5-year impact 7.97
Cited half-life 8.30
Immediacy index 0.84
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 2.56
ISSN 1879-0305

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    ABSTRACT: The FGF family comprises 22 members with diverse functions in development and health. FGF10 specifically activates FGFR2b in a paracrine manner with heparan sulfate as a co-factor. FGF10and FGFR2b are preferentially expressed in the mesenchyme and epithelium, respectively. FGF10 is a mesenchymal signaling molecule in the epithelium. FGF10 knockout mice die shortly after birth due to the complete absence of lungs as well as fore- and hindlimbs. FGF10 is also essential for the development of multiple organs. The phenotypes of Fgf10 knockout mice are very similar to those of FGFR2b knockout mice, indicating that FGF10 acts as a ligand that is specific to FGFR2b in mouse multi-organ development. FGF10 also plays roles in epithelial-mesenchymal transition, the repair of tissue injury, and embryonic stem cell differentiation. In humans, FGF10 loss-of-function mutations result in inherited diseases including aplasia of lacrimal and salivary gland, lacrimo-auriculo-dento-digital syndrome, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. FGF10 is also involved in the oncogenicity of pancreatic and breast cancers. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in FGF10 are also potential risk factors for limb deficiencies, cleft lip and palate, and extreme myopia. These findings indicate that FGF10 is a crucial paracrine signal from the mesenchyme to epithelium for development, health, and disease.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.10.001
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    ABSTRACT: Platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) signaling plays an important role in activated hepatic stellate cells and portal fibroblast proliferation, chemotaxis, migration and cell survival. PDGF receptors and ligands are upregulated in experimental liver fibrotic models as well as in human liver fibrotic diseases. Blocking of PDGF signaling ameliorates experimental liver fibrogenesis. The plurality of molecular and cellular activities of PDGF and its involvement in initiation, progression and resolution of hepatic fibrogenesis offers an infinite number of therapeutic possibilities. These include the application of therapeutic antibodies (e.g. AbyD3263, MOR8457) which specifically sequester individual PDGF isoforms or the inhibition of PDGF isoforms by synthetic aptamers. In particular, the isolation of innovative slow off-rate modified aptamers (e.g., SOMAmer SL1 and SL5) that carry functional groups absent in natural nucleic acids by the Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential (SELEX) enrichment technique offers the possibility to design high affinity aptamers that target PDGF isoforms for clinical purposes. Dominant-negative soluble PDGF receptors are also effective in attenuation of hepatic stellate cell proliferation and hepatic fibrogenesis. Moreover, some multikinase inhibitors targeting PDGF signaling have been intensively tested during the last decade and are on the way into advanced preclinical studies and clinical trials. This narrative review aims to gauge the recent progression of research into PDGF systems and liver fibrosis.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.10.002
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    ABSTRACT: The gut-derived hormone fibroblast growth factor 15/19 (FGF15/19) is an emerging versatile regulator of various metabolic pathways. As such, FGF15/19 has been implicated in homeostatic control of bile acid, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in multiple target organs including the liver, adipose tissue and brain. In line with this, growing evidence suggests that dysregulation of FGF15/19 contributes to a number of metabolic and bile acid-associated disorders such as fatty liver disease, Type 2 diabetes and different gastrointestinal dysfunctions. In this review we summarize the current knowledge on the organ-specific functions of FGF15/19 and address their underlying molecular mechanisms. Moreover, recent advances in the characterization of factors that control the release of the hormone in the gut will be discussed and linked to the current view of how alterations of FGF15/19 signaling may contribute to disease development. Finally, the suitability of FGF15/19 as a potential therapeutic target will be critically reviewed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.016
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin (IL)-11 is a member of the IL-6 family of cytokines that is defined by the shared use of the GP130 signal transducing receptor subunit. In addition of its long recognized activities as a hemopoietic growth factor, IL-11 has an emerging role in epithelial cancer biology. Through the activation of the GP130-Janus kinase signaling cascade and associated transcription factor STAT3, IL-11 can confer many of the tumor intrinsic 'hallmark' capabilities to neoplastic cells, if they express the ligand-specific IL-11Rα receptor subunit. Accordingly, IL-11 signaling has recently been identified as a rate-limiting step for the growth tumors arising from the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract. However, there is less appreciation for a potential role of IL-11 to support breast cancer progression, apart from its well documented capacity to facilitate bone metastasis. Here we review evidence that IL-11 expression in breast cancer correlates with poor disease outcome and discuss some of the molecular mechanisms that are likely to underpin these observations. These include the capacity of IL-11 to stimulate survival and proliferation of cancer cells alongside angiogenesis of the primary tumor and of metastatic progenies at distant organs. We review current strategies to interfere with IL-11 signaling and advocate that inhibition of IL-11 signaling may represent an emerging therapeutic opportunity for numerous cancers. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 20(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.015
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin-6-type cytokines play important roles in the communication between cells of multicellular organisms. They are involved in the regulation of complex cellular processes such as proliferation and differentiation and act as key player during inflammation and immune response. A major challenge is to understand how these complex non-linear processes are connected and regulated. Systems biology approaches are used to tackle this challenge in an iterative process of quantitative experimental and mathematical analyses. Here we review quantitative experimental studies and systems biology approaches dealing with the function of Interleukin-6-type cytokines in physiological and pathophysiological conditions. These approaches cover the analyses of signal transduction on a cellular level up to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies on a whole organism level. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 26(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.002
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin-12 (IL-12) was the first member of the IL-12 family of cytokines to be identified and has therefore become its eponym. It is a heterodimeric protein of two subunits (p35, p40) secreted by phagocytic cells in response to pathogens and mainly acts through STAT4 to induce IFN-γ production in T and NK cells. IFN-γ in turn mediates proinflammatory functions and activates T-bet. As IL-12 engages in TH1 development, it is believed to represent an important link between innate and adaptive immunity. Following its identification and the finding of its association to TH1 commitment, great hopes were placed in IL-12 to become a target for therapeutic applications in multiple settings of autoimmunity and cancer. Though, the discovery of the related members of the IL-12 family and several rather disappointing attempts to translate experimental results into clinical practice, have relativized these hopes. Nevertheless, IL-12 remains a cytokine of outstanding importance with lots of unresolved questions. In this review, we will first briefly depict the biochemistry of the cytokine, its receptor and the related signal transduction, before summarizing the regulation of IL-12 production and its biological functions. We will then describe the current knowledge about the implication of IL-12 in different murine disease models as well as in the corresponding human conditions and comment on possible consequences for future clinical applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 26(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.003
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiotrophin-1 (CT-1) is a member of the gp130 family of cytokines that have pleiotropic functions on different tissues and cell types. Although many effects of CT-1 have been described on the heart, there is an extensive research showing important protective effects in other organs such as liver, kidney or nervous system. Recently, several studies have pointed out that CT-1 might also play a key role in the regulation of body weight and intermediate metabolism. This paper will review many aspects of CT-1 physiological role in several organs and discuss data for consideration in therapeutic approaches. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 26(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.009
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    ABSTRACT: Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) is the most extensively studied member of the cytokine family that signal through intracellular chains of the gp130/LIFRβ receptor. The severe phenotype in patients suffering from mutations inactivating LIFRβ indicates that members of this cytokine family play key, non-redundant roles during development. Accordingly, three decades of research has revealed potent and promising trophic and regulatory activities of CNTF in neurons, oligodendrocytes, muscle cells, bone cells, adipocytes and retinal cells. These findings led to clinical trials to test the therapeutic potential of CNTF and CNTF derivatives for treating neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases. Promising results have encouraged continuation of studies for treating retinal degenerative diseases. Results of some clinical trials showed that side-effects may limit the systemically administrated doses of CNTF. Therefore, therapies being currently tested rely on local delivery of CNTF using encapsulated cytokine-secreting implants. Since the side effects of CNTF might be linked to its ability to activate the alternative IL6Rα-LIFRβ-gp130 receptor, CNTFR-specific mutants of CNTF have been developed that bind to the CNTFRα-LIFRβ-gp130 receptor. These developments may prove to be a breakthrough for therapeutic applications of systemically administered CNTF in pathologies such as multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer's disease. The "designer cytokine approach" offers future opportunities to further enhance specificity by conjugating mutant CNTF with modified soluble CNTFRα to target therapeutically relevant cells that express gp130-LIFRβ and a specific cell surface marker. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 26(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.007
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    ABSTRACT: Oncostatin M (OSM) and interleukin-31 (IL-31) are two cytokines belonging to the IL-6 family which share a common signaling receptor subunit, the OSM receptor beta (OSMRβ). Both of them are released by monocytes/macrophages, dendritic cells and T lymphocytes in inflammatory situations and upon binding to their respective receptor complexes they signal mainly via the JAK/STAT pathway. Besides sharing many biochemical properties, both display divergent physiological functions. This review summarizes aspects of cytokine transcription and biosynthesis, cytokine-receptor interactions, cross-species activities, signal transduction and physiology delineated from recent findings in genetic mouse models for both cytokines, OSM and IL-31. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 26(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.006
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin (IL)-27 is a multifaceted heterodimeric cytokine with pronounced pro- and anti-inflammatory as well as immunoregulatory functions. It consists of the two subunits p28/IL-30 and Epstein Bar virus-induced protein 3 (EBI3). EBI3 functions as a soluble α-receptor, and IL-27 can therefore directly activate its target cells through a heterodimer of glycoprotein 130 (gp130) and WSX-1. Being a heterodimeric cytokine that signals through gp130, IL-27 is either grouped into the IL-6 or the IL-12 family of cytokines. Originally identified as an IL-12-like cytokine that induces proliferation of CD4+ T cells and production of IFN-γ more than ten years ago, subsequent research revealed a much broader role of IL-27 in inflammation, cancer development and regulation and differentiation of immune cells. In this review, we summarize the current biochemical and molecular knowledge about the signal transduction of IL-27. Based on this, we highlight functional overlaps and plasticity with other cytokines and cytokine receptors of the IL-6/IL-12 superfamily, and describe the important role of IL-27 with regard to the differentiation of T cells, infections and cancer development. We further discuss IL-27 as a therapeutic target and how specific blockade of this cytokine could be achieved. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 26(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.008
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    ABSTRACT: Constitutive activation of STAT (Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription) transcription factors is a common feature identified in numerous tumors. Inflammatory hepatocellular adenomas (IHCA) are benign liver tumors characterized by an inflammatory phenotype and an overexpression of STAT3 target genes. Recurrent somatic mutations in major actors belonging to the IL6/JAK/STAT3 pathway have been identified in these tumors. (1) 60% of IHCA show IL-6 signal transducer (IL6ST; gp130) mutations; (2) 10% harbor mutations of the Fyn-related kinase FRK; (3) 5% harbor mutations in STAT3; (4) 5% harbor somatic mutations in the GNAS complex locus; and (5) 1% of IHCA harbor mutations in the Janus kinase 1 (JAK1). All these IHCA-associated mutations promote the constitutive activation of STAT3. In this review, we discuss the role of these mutated genes in IHCA and other tumors. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Cytokine & growth factor reviews 07/2015; 26(5). DOI:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2015.07.010