LIF: lots of interesting functions

Trends Biochem Sci. 1992 Feb;17(2):72-6. doi: 10.1016/0968-0004(92)90505-4.

Abstract

Leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF) is one of a growing number of cytokines that cannot be readily categorized according to its functions. Rather, these pleiotropic hormones have diverse and often overlapping effects on a multitude of cell types: for example, LIF can inhibit the differentiation of embryonal stem cells on one hand and induce the differentiation of M1 leukaemic cells on the other. Recent work has shed light on the physiological effects of LIF, how these are limited, and the biochemical and biological properties of LIF and its receptor.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Growth Inhibitors / genetics
  • Growth Inhibitors / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-6*
  • Leukemia Inhibitory Factor
  • Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Receptor alpha Subunit
  • Lymphokines / genetics
  • Lymphokines / physiology*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Receptors, Cytokine*
  • Receptors, Immunologic / physiology
  • Receptors, OSM-LIF

Substances

  • Growth Inhibitors
  • Interleukin-6
  • LIF protein, human
  • LIFR protein, human
  • Leukemia Inhibitory Factor
  • Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Receptor alpha Subunit
  • Lymphokines
  • Receptors, Cytokine
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • Receptors, OSM-LIF