Journal article

Lack of IL-4-induced Th2 response and IgE class switching in mice with disrupted Stat6 gene

K Shimoda, J vanDeursen, MY Sangster, SR Sarawar, RT Carson, RA Tripp, C Chu, FW Quelle, T Nosaka, DAA Vignali, PC Doherty, G Grosveld, WE Paul, JN Ihle

Nature | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 1996

Abstract

Signal transducers and activators of transcription (Stats) are activated by tyrosine phosphorylation in response to cytokines, and are thought to mediate many of their functional responses. Stat6 is activated in response to interleukin (IL)-4 and may contribute to various functions including mitogenesis, T-helper cell differentiation and immunoglobulin isotype switching. To evaluate the role of Stat6, we generated Stat6-null mice (Stat6 -/-) by gene disruption in embryonic stem cells. The mice were viable, indicating the lack of a non-redundant function in normal development. Although naive lymphoid cell development was normal, Stat6 -/- mice were deficient in IL-4-mediated functions includi..

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