Proteolytic processing of chemokines: implications in physiological and pathological conditions

Wolf, Marlene; Albrecht, Stefan; Märki, Christa (2008). Proteolytic processing of chemokines: implications in physiological and pathological conditions. International journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 40(6-7), pp. 1185-98. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.biocel.2007.12.009

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Chemokines are small, secreted proteins that orchestrate the migration of cells, which are involved in immune defence, immune surveillance and haematopoiesis. However, chemokines are also implicated in the pathology of various inflammatory diseases, cancers and HIV. The chemokine system is considerably large and has a redundancy in the repertoire of its inflammatory mediators. Therefore, strict regulation of chemokine activity is crucial. Chemokines are the substrate for various proteases including the serine protease CD26/dipeptidyl-peptidase IV and matrix metalloproteinases. Regulation by proteolytic cleavage controls and fine-tunes chemokine function by either enhancing or reducing its chemotactic activity or receptor selectivity. Often chemokines and the proteases that regulate them are produced in the same microenvironment and expression of both may be simultaneously induced by a common stimulus enabling the rapid regulation of chemokine activity. The overall impact of cleaved chemokines in cellular responses is very complex. In this review, we will give an overview on chemokine modification and the respective chemokine modifying proteases. Furthermore, we will summarize the emerging literature describing the consequences in inflammation, haematopoiesis, cancer and HIV infection upon proteolytic chemokine processing.

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Wolf, Marlene; Albrecht, Stefan and Märki, Christa










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04 Oct 2013 14:55

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