The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The immunostimulatory peptide WKYMVm-NH activates bone marrow mouse neutrophils via multiple signal transduction pathways.

G-protein-coupled receptors play a major role in the activation of the innate immune system, such as polymorphonuclear neutrophils. Members of the formyl peptide receptor family recognize chemotactic peptides as well the amyloïd-beta peptide and fragments of the human immunodeficiency virus envelope and may thus be implicated in major pathologies. The peptide WKYMVm-NH2 probably activates the receptor FPRL1 and its mouse orthologues Fpr-rs1 and Fpr-rs2. We examined the stimulation of C57BL6 mouse neutrophils by WKYMVm-NH2 and the effects of several inhibitors for intracellular signalling pathways (wortmannin, LY 294002, staurosporin, H-89, U 73122, thapsigargin and SKF 96365). We show here that WKYMVm-NH2 is a powerful stimulator of primary and secondary granule exocytosis as well as superoxide production. The signalling pathway involves phosphoinositide 3-kinase, protein kinase C, phospholipase C and store-operated calcium influx. Studies with peptide antagonists suggest that WKYMVm-NH2 preferentially activates exocytosis via FPRL1 and not FPR, the major receptor for N-formylated peptides such as fMLF. However, the signalling pathways activated by WKYMVm-NH2 in mouse neutrophils are similar to those activated by fMLF in human neutrophils. Thus, the effect and the signalling pathways of the two agonists and their receptors are at least partially overlapping.[1]


  1. The immunostimulatory peptide WKYMVm-NH activates bone marrow mouse neutrophils via multiple signal transduction pathways. Boxio, R., Bossenmeyer-Pourié, C., Vanderesse, R., Dournon, C., Nüsse, O. Scand. J. Immunol. (2005) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities