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The hepatic interleukin-6 receptor. Studies on its structure and regulation by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate-dexamethasone.

Recombinant human 125I-interleukin-6 (IL-6) was cross-linked with the homobifunctional reagent disuccinimidyl suberate to human hepatoma cells (HepG2). Three recombinant human 125I-IL-6-containing complexes of apparent molecular masses of 100, 120, and 200 kDa were immunoprecipitated with specific antibodies to human IL-6 or to the 80-kDa IL-6 receptor subunit. We show by immunoprecipitation, peptide mapping, and by the use of a cleavable heterobifunctional cross-linker (Denny-Jaffe reagent) that different polypeptides are involved in the formation of the 100- and 120-kDa IL-6-containing complexes. The molecular compositions of the 100- and 120-kDa cross-linked complexes were identified. The 100-kDa complex consisted of one ligand and one IL-6 receptor subunit, glycoprotein 80 (gp80), whereas the 120-kDa complex was found to be composed of one ligand and a polypeptide which was immunoprecipitable with the monoclonal antibody AM64 directed against gp130. Exposure of HepG2 cells to phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) or PMA-dexamethasone led to an increase in the 80-kDa IL-6 receptor mRNA and functional receptor protein. Whereas treatment of HepG2 cells with PMA led to an increase in the formation of gp80.gp130.IL-6 complexes determined by cross-linking, no corresponding increase in high affinity binding sites was found. The existence of a third IL-6 receptor subunit present in limiting amounts on HepG2 cells is proposed to explain this discrepancy. Evidence is presented that the 80-kDa IL-6 receptor up-regulation by PMA-dexamethasone is caused by the depletion of protein kinase C since the protein kinase C inhibitor staurosporine mimics the effect of PMA-dexamethasone.[1]


  1. The hepatic interleukin-6 receptor. Studies on its structure and regulation by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate-dexamethasone. Pietzko, D., Zohlnhöfer, D., Graeve, L., Fleischer, D., Stoyan, T., Schooltink, H., Rose-John, S., Heinrich, P.C. J. Biol. Chem. (1993) [Pubmed]
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