The Molecular Basis By Which The Interleukin-6 Cytokine Promotes Emphysema

Grant number: 1079475 | Funding period: 2015 - 2017



Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is a potent immuno-modulatory cytokine that is commonly elevated in emphysema, the 5th leading cause of death in Australia. To understand the role of IL-6 in emphysema, we aim to demonstrate here by using a unique mouse model for IL-6-driven emphysema and clinical biopsies from emphysema patients, that IL-6 uses an alternative signalling mechanism in emphysema termed trans-signalling. Therefore this project could provide novel therapeutic targets for emphysema.