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      Circulating Interleukin-6 and Interleukin-6 Receptors in Patients with Acute and Recent Myocardial Infarction


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          Interleukin-6 (IL-6), a proinflammatory cytokine, plays a key role in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated circulating IL-6 and its receptors in patients with CAD. We evaluated 39 Japanese patients with CAD (30 males and 9 females aged 36–79 years), measuring their plasma levels of IL-6 and IL-6 receptors α and β (IL-6Rα, IL-6Rβ). Circulating levels of IL-6, IL-6Rα and IL-6Rβ were measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Blood was sampled immediately after admission and again after 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9 h, then every 12 h for 5 days. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) were measured on day 3 after symptom onset. Plasma levels of IL-6 and IL-6Rs were significantly increased in 28 patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) compared with 15 normal controls. However, neither IL-6 nor IL-6Rs showed an increase in 6 patients with angina pectoris. We observed two peaks for circulating IL-6 in AMI, the first of which showed a significant correlation with ANP as well as BNP. These results may help to explain why the amount of IL-6 produced is closely related to the severity of myocardial dysfunction in patients with CAD.

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          Targeted disruption of gp130, a common signal transducer for the interleukin 6 family of cytokines, leads to myocardial and hematological disorders.

          gp130 is a ubiquitously expressed signal-transducing receptor component shared by interleukin 6, interleukin 11, leukemia inhibitory factor, oncostatin M, ciliary neurotrophic factor, and cardiotrophin 1. To investigate physiological roles of gp130 and to examine pathological consequences of a lack of gp130, mice deficient for gp130 have been prepared. Embryos homozygous for the gp130 mutation progressively die between 12.5 days postcoitum and term. On 16.5 days postcoitum and later, they show hypoplastic ventricular myocardium without septal and trabecular defect. The subcellular ultrastructures in gp130-/- cardiomyocytes appear normal. The mutant embryos have greatly reduced numbers of pluripotential and committed hematopoietic progenitors in the liver and differentiated lineages such as T cells in the thymus. Some gp130-/- embryos show anemia due to impaired development of erythroid lineage cells. These results indicate that gp130 plays a crucial role in myocardial development and hematopoiesis during embryogenesis.
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            Leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) and LIF receptor expression in human endometrium suggests a potential autocrine/paracrine function in regulating embryo implantation.

            The uterine expression of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) is essential for embryo implantation in the mouse. Here, we describe the expression of LIF, related members of this group of cytokines, oncostatin M and ciliary neurotrophic factor, and the LIF receptor beta and glycoprotein gp130 in normal human tissues and in the endometrium of fertile women. Our results show that LIF is the only one of these factors expressed at detectable levels in the endometrium of women of proven fertility. LIF expression is restricted to the endometrial glands during the secretory/postovulatory phase but is not present in the endometrium during the proliferative/preovulatory phase. The LIF receptor beta is expressed during the proliferative and secretory phases of the cycle and is restricted to the luminal epithelium. The associated signal-transducing component of the LIF receptor, gp130, is also expressed in both the luminal and glandular epithelium throughout the cycle. These results suggest that uterine expression of LIF in humans, like mice, may have a role in regulating embryo implantation, possibly through an autocrine/paracrine interaction between LIF and its receptor at the luminal epithelium.
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              The hepatic interleukin-6 receptor. Down-regulation of the interleukin-6 binding subunit (gp80) by its ligand.

              Interleukin-6 (IL6) exerts its action via a cell surface receptor composed of an 80 kDa IL6-binding protein (gp80) and a 130 kDa polypeptide involved in signal transduction (gp130). We studied the role of gp80 in binding, internalization and down-regulation of the hepatic IL6-receptor (IL6R) by its ligand in human hepatoma cells (HepG2). Comparison of transfected HepG2 cells overexpressing gp80 with parental cells indicate that gp80 is responsible for low affinity binding (Kd = 500 pM) of IL6. Furthermore, gp80 is rate-limiting in internalization and degradation of IL6. Internalization resulted in a rapid down-regulation (t1/2 approximately 15-30 min) of IL6-binding sites at the cell surface. More than 80% of the internalized [125I]rhIL6 was degraded. The reappearance of IL6-binding sites at the cell surface required greater than 8 h and was sensitive to cycloheximide, suggesting that gp80 is not recycled after internalization. The down-regulation of the hepatic IL6R by its ligand might play an important role as a protection against overstimulation.

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                S. Karger AG
                August 2000
                14 August 2000
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                : 191-196
                aDepartment of General Medicine, bSecond Department of Internal Medicine, cDepartment of Laboratory Medicine, Gunma University School of Medicine, Maebashi, Japan
                7025 Cardiology 2000;93:191–196
                © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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