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Immunity. 2000 Oct;13(4):549-60.

Partial impairment of cytokine responses in Tyk2-deficient mice.

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Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria.


To assess the role of the Janus kinase (Jak) family member Tyk2, we have generated Tyk2-/- mice. In contrast to other Jaks, where inactivation leads to a complete loss of the respective cytokine receptor signal, Tyk2-/- mice display reduced responses to IFNalpha/beta and IL-12 and a selective deficiency in Stat3 activation in these pathways. Unexpectedly, IFNgamma signaling is also impaired in Tyk2-/- mice. Tyk2-/- macrophages fail to produce nitric oxide upon lipopolysaccharide induction. Tyk2-/- mice are unable to clear vaccinia virus and show a reduced T cell response after LCMV challenge. These data imply a selective contribution of Tyk2 to the signals triggered by various biological stimuli and cytokine receptors.

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