IL-9 and its Receptor: From Signal Transduction to Tumorigenesis

Catholic University of Louvain, Лувен-ла-Нев, Walloon, Belgium
Growth Factors (Impact Factor: 3.39). 01/2005; 22(4):207-15. DOI: 10.1080/08977190410001720879
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IL-9 is a multifunctional cytokine secreted by TH2 lymphocytes. Besides its role during immune responses, its growth factor and antiapoptotic activities on multiple transformed cells suggest a potential role in tumorigenesis. Indeed, IL-9 overexpression induces thymic lymphomas in mice, and IL-9 production is associated with Hodgkin disease and HTLV-I transformed T cells in humans. IL-9 activities are mediated by a specific receptor chain that forms a heterodimeric receptor with the common gamma chain also involved in IL-2,4,7,15 and 21 signaling. The IL-9 receptor and common gamma chains associate with JAK1 and JAK3, respectively and trigger the STAT-1, -3 and -5, IRS and RAS-MAPK pathways. Moreover, in vitro, dysregulated IL-9 response can lead to autonomous cell growth and malignant transformation of lymphoid cells associated with constitutive activation of the Jak/STAT pathway.

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    • "IL9R (OMIM * 300007) is a multifunctional cytokine secreted by TH2 lymphocytes with a general role during immune responses. It has been associated with the development of asthma and a potential role in tumorigenesis as suggested byKnoops & Renauld, (2004). An immediate link between this gene and clinical presentation of KS subjects is therefore not clear. "
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    • "It demonstrated pro-inflammatory activity and played a key role in the pathogenesis of atopic diseases and asthma [20]–[22]. Its activities are mediated via a heterodimeric receptor complex formed by the IL-9Rα chain, which associates with JAK1 and the IL-2Rγ chain, also known as γc (common γ chain), which associates with JAK3 [23]. JAK3 mutations are involved in the pathogenesis of NK/T cell lymphoma [24], [25]. "
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    • "Furthermore, according to its growth/proliferative and anti-apoptotic activities on the different transformed cells, a potential role for this cytokine might be tumorigenesis.[34] In addition, over-expression of IL-9 induces thymic lymphomas in mice, and IL-9 production is associated with the Hodgkin disease and human T-lymphotropic virus type-1 transformed T-cells in human.[35] Nevertheless, this patient by herself is not affected by lymphoma. "
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