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Immunol Cell Biol. 1996 Oct;74(5):465-72.

Tumour necrosis factor and lymphotoxin: molecular aspects and role in tissue-specific autoimmunity.

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  • 1Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia.


Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) is a highly potent, proinflammatory cytokine with broad-ranging functions from the regulation of endothelial cell adhesion molecules to facilitate entry of leucocytes into tissues, to direct induction of cellular cytotoxicity. This diversity of function potentially attributable to TNF in the genesis of inflammatory disorders place TNF as a primary candidate for clinical targeting and considerable success in this regard has been achieved, particularly in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this article we provide a short overview of TNF and its homologue lymphotoxin (LT) alpha and beta. Particular emphasis is placed on recent discoveries regarding the cell surface expression of these cytokines and the role of TNF/LT in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of the human demyelinating disease, multiple sclerosis (MS).

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