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Immunity. 2000 Jan;12(1):95-105.

Dissection of signaling cascades through gp130 in vivo: reciprocal roles for STAT3- and SHP2-mediated signals in immune responses.

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Division of Molecular Oncology (C7), Biomedical Research Center, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan.


We generated a series of knockin mouse lines, in which the cytokine receptor gp130-dependent STAT3 and/or SHP2 signals were disrupted, by replacing the mouse gp130 gene with human gp130 mutant cDNAs. The SHP2 signal-deficient mice (gp130F759/F759 were born normal but displayed splenomegaly and lymphadenopathy and an enhanced acute phase reaction. In contrast, the STAT3 signal-deficient mice (gp130FXQ/FXXQ) died perinatally, like the gp130-deficient mice (gp130D/D). The gp130F759/F759 mice showed prolonged gp130-induced STAT3 activation, indicating a negative regulatory role for SHP2. Th1-type cytokine production and IgG2a and IgG2b production were increased in the gp130F759/F759 mice, while they were decreased in the gp130FXXQ/FXXQ immune system. These results indicate that the balance of positive and negative signals generated through gp130 regulates the immune responses.

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