IL -24; a glycosylated dimeric cytokine affecting monocytes and cytotoxic to melanoma cells

John Mumm, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston


IL-24 is an unusual member of the IL-10 family, which is considered a Th1 cytokine that exhibits tumor cell cytotoxicity. I describe the purification of this novel cytokine from the supernatant of IL-24 gene transfected human embryonic kidney cells and define the biochemical and functional properties of the soluble, human IL-24 protein. I showed IL-24 non-covalently associates with bovine albumin. Immunoaffinity purification followed by cation exchange chromatography resulted in the significant enrichment of N-glycosylated IL-24. This protein elicited dose-dependent secretion of TNF-α and IL-6 from purified human monocytes and TNF-α secretion from PMA differentiated U937 cells. I showed this same protein was cytotoxic to melanoma tumor cells via the induction of IFN-α. I reported IL-24 associates as at least two disulfide linked, N-glycosylated dimers. Enzymatic removal of N-linked-glycosylation from purified IL-24 partially diminished its cytokine and cytotoxic functions. Disruption of IL-24 dimers via reduction and alkylation of intermolecular disulfide bonds nearly abolished IL-24s cytokine function. I elucidated IL-24 induced TNF-α secretion was pSTAT1, pSTAT3 as well as the class II heterodimeric receptors IL-20R1/IL-22R2 independent. I identified a requirement for the heterodimer of Toll-like Receptors 1 and 2 for IL-24s cytokine function and show a physical interaction between IL-24 and the extracellular domain of TLR-1. Thus, I demonstrated that purified N-glycosylated, soluble, dimeric, human IL-24 exhibits both immunomodulatory and anti-cancer activities and these functions remain associated during purification. IL-24 induced TNF-α secretion required an interaction with the heterodimeric receptor TLR-1/2 and IL-24s cytotoxic affect to melanoma tumor cells was in part due to its induction of IFN-β.

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Mumm, John, "IL -24; a glycosylated dimeric cytokine affecting monocytes and cytotoxic to melanoma cells" (2005). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI3193455.