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Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 1995 Mar;106(3):175-9.

Immunoregulatory properties of IL-13: its potential role in atopic disease.

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Human Immunology and Molecular Biology Department, DNAX Research Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Palo Alto, Calif 94304-1104.


IL-13 is a relatively novel cytokine produced by activated T cells. IL-13 inhibits the production of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines by activated monocytes, induces B cell proliferation and differentiation, including IgE production, and the expression of certain adhesion molecules on endothelial cells. All these biological properties of IL-13 are shared with IL-4, but in contrast to IL-4, IL-13 does not act on T cells. In this review, the similarities in structure and biological function of IL-13 and IL-4 and the commonalities of their receptors are summarized. The potential role of IL-13 in allergic responses is briefly discussed.

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