Aliases for IL6ST Gene
External Ids for IL6ST Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for IL6ST Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is a signal transducer shared by many cytokines, including interleukin 6 (IL6), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), and oncostatin M (OSM). This protein functions as a part of the cytokine receptor complex. The activation of this protein is dependent upon the binding of cytokines to their receptors. vIL6, a protein related to IL6 and encoded by the Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, can bypass the interleukin 6 receptor (IL6R) and directly activate this protein. Knockout studies in mice suggest that this gene plays a critical role in regulating myocyte apoptosis. Alternatively spliced transcript variants have been described. A related pseudogene has been identified on chromosome 17. [provided by RefSeq, May 2014]
GeneCards Summary for IL6ST Gene
IL6ST (Interleukin 6 Signal Transducer) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with IL6ST include preterm premature rupture of the membranes and conjunctival disease. Among its related pathways are Immune System and Signaling by GPCR. GO annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and interleukin-6 receptor binding. An important paralog of this gene is CSF3R.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for IL6ST Gene
Signal-transducing molecule. The receptor systems for IL6, LIF, OSM, CNTF, IL11, CTF1 and BSF3 can utilize gp130 for initiating signal transmission. Binds to IL6/IL6R (alpha chain) complex, resulting in the formation of high-affinity IL6 binding sites, and transduces the signal. Does not bind IL6. May have a role in embryonic development (By similarity). The type I OSM receptor is capable of transducing OSM-specific signaling events.