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J Biol Chem. 1998 Oct 16;273(42):27548-56.

Herpesvirus entry mediator ligand (HVEM-L), a novel ligand for HVEM/TR2, stimulates proliferation of T cells and inhibits HT29 cell growth.

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  • 1Department of Molecular and Cellular Immunology, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406, USA.


Herpesvirus entry mediator (HVEM), a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor family, mediates herpesvirus entry into cells during infection. Upon overexpression, HVEM activates NF-kappaB and AP-1 through a TNF receptor-associated factor (TRAF)-mediated mechanism. Using an HVEM-Fc fusion protein, we screened soluble forms of novel TNF-related proteins derived from an expressed sequence tag data base. One of these, which we designated HVEM-L, specifically bound to HVEM-Fc with an affinity of 44 nM. This association was confirmed with soluble and membrane forms of both receptor and ligand. HVEM-L mRNA is expressed in spleen, lymph nodes, macrophages, and T cells and encodes a 240-amino acid protein. A soluble, secreted form of the protein stimulates proliferation of T lymphocytes during allogeneic responses, inhibits HT-29 cell growth, and weakly stimulates NF-kappaB-dependent transcription.

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