|Human, Monkey, Mouse, Rat|
Application Methods: Western Blotting
Background: GP130 is a signal-transducing subunit shared by the receptors for the IL-6 family of cytokines (1-3). The binding of a ligand to its receptor induces the dimerization of GP130, leading to activation of the Jak tyrosine kinase and to tyrosine phosphorylation of GP130. These events lead to the activation of multiple signal-transduction pathways, such as the Stat, Ras-MAPK and PI3 kinase pathways, whose activation is controlled by distinct regions of GP130 (4-7).
Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting
Background: TACE (TNF-α converting enzyme), also known as ADAM17, is a transmembrane metalloprotease that plays a key role in the cleavage of a number cell surface molecules in a process known as “shedding". TACE is abundantly expressed in many adult tissues, but in fetal development expression is differentially regulated (1). An important substrate of TACE is pro-TNF-α (1). Increased expression of TACE is associated with several pathological conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, where the pro-inflammatory effects of increased TNF-α contribute to disease pathogenesis (2,3). Regulation of other important molecules by TACE such as EGFR and Notch has recently been documented. TACE is responsible for the shedding of EGFR ligands such as amphiregulin and TNF-α. Some tumors have hyperactivated EGFR due to upregulated TNF-α production and upregulated TACE, making TACE a potential target for drug development (4). TACE activates Notch in a ligand-independent manner and has been shown to play a role in the development of the Drosophila nervous system (5). TACE has also been proposed to act as α-secretase for amyloid precursor protein (APP) (6), and to be involved in the renewal and proliferation of neural stem cells (7).