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The role of IL-22 in viral infections: paradigms and paradoxes

Gimeno Brias, Silvia, Stack, Gabrielle, Stacey, Maria A., Redwood, Alec J. and Humphreys, Ian R. ORCID: 2016. The role of IL-22 in viral infections: paradigms and paradoxes. Frontiers in Immunology 7 , 00211. 10.3389/fimmu.2016.00211

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Interleukin-22 (IL-22) is a member of the IL-10 family of cytokines. Hematopoietic cells express IL-22, and this cytokine signals through the heterodimeric IL-22 receptor expressed by non-hematopoietic cells. A growing body of evidence points toward a role for IL-22 in a diverse array of biological functions ranging from cellular proliferation, tissue protection and regeneration, and inflammation. In recent years, the role that IL-22 plays in antiviral immune responses has been examined in a number of infection models. Herein, we assess our current understanding of how IL-22 determines the outcome of viral infections and define common mechanisms that are evident from, sometimes paradoxical, findings derived from these studies. Finally, we discuss the potential therapeutic utility of IL-22 manipulation in the treatment and prevention of viral infections and associated pathologies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 1664-3224
Funders: Wellcome Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 17 May 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 10:34

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