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Tumor Necrosis Factor-α human

TNF-α, recombinant, expressed in E. coli, powder, suitable for cell culture

Synonym: TNF-α, hTNF-α

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Analysis Note

The biological activity of TNF-α is measured by the cytolysis of murine L929 cells.

Physical form

Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm-filtered buffer solution containing 3mM Tris-HCl and 5% trehalose.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Tumore necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), also known as cachectin, is expressed as a 26 kDa membrane bound protein and is then cleaved by TNF-α converting enzyme (TACE) to release the soluble 17 kDa monomer, which forms homotrimers in circulation. TNF-α plays roles in antitumor activity, immune modulation, inflammation, anorexia, cachexia, septic shock, viral replication and hematopoiesis. TNF-α is expressed by a great variety of cells, with numerous inductive and suppressive agents. Primarily, TNF-α is produced by macrophages in response to immunological challenges such as bacteria (lipopolysaccharides), viruses, parasites, mitogens and other cytokines. TNF-α is cytotoxic for many transformed cells (its namesake activity) but in normal diploid cells, it can stimulate proliferation (fibroblasts), differentiation (myeloid cells) or activation (neutrophils). TNF-α also shows antiviral effects against both DNA and RNA viruses and it induces production of several other cytokines. Although TNF-α is used in clinical trials as an antitumor agent, Sigma′s cytokine, growth factor and hormone products are for research only. TNF-α and the related molecule TNF-β (LT-α) share close structural homology with 28% amino acid sequence identity and both activate the same TNF receptors, TNFR1 and TNFR2. Mouse and human TNF-α share 79% amino acid sequence identity. Unlike human TNF-α, the mouse form is N-glycosylated.

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RIDADR 
NONH for all modes of transport
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Protocols & Articles

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Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Superfamily

The tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily comprise an increasing number of structurally related ligand-receptor pairs, including TNF-α, TNF-β (lymphotoxin, LT), TNFR1, TNFR2, LT-βR, osteoprotegrin ...
Jennifer Fries
BioFiles 2009, 4.5, 23.
Keywords: Apoptosis, Biofiles, Cell disruption, Ligands, Microscopy, Type

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