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Gene. 1997 Dec 19;204(1-2):35-46.

Characterization of a novel TNF-like ligand and recently described TNF ligand and TNF receptor superfamily genes and their constitutive and inducible expression in hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cells.

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SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Department of Molecular Immunology, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0939, USA.


A novel (TL1), a recently described (TL2) TNF-like, and three recently described TNF receptor-like (TR1, TR2, TR3) molecules were identified by searching a cDNA database. TL1 and TL2 are type-II membrane proteins. TR2 and TR3 are type-I membrane proteins whereas TR1 appears to be a secreted protein. TL1, TL2, TR2 and TR3 were expressed in hematopoietic cells, whereas TR1 was not. Northern blots hybridized with the cDNA probes revealed multiple forms of RNA as well as inducible expression of TL1, TL2, TR2 and TR3. TL2 and TR3, in particular, were highly induced in activated CD4+ T cells. Radiation hybrid mapping localized TR1 and TL2 to 8q24 and 3q26, respectively, which are not near any known superfamily members. TL1 was mapped to 9q32, near CD30L (9q33) and TR2 and TR3 mapped to the region of chromosome 1 that contains the TNFR-II, 4-1BB, OX40 and CD30 gene cluster at 1p36. Only TR3 in this cluster possesses a death domain. Southern blot analysis revealed the presence of TL and TR genes in different mammalian species. TL2, TR1, TR2 and TR3 were recently described by others as TRAIL/Apo-2L, OPG, HVEM and DR3/WSL-1/Apo-3/TRAMP/LARD, respectively.

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