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I8523 Sigma-Aldrich

Interleukin-12 from mouse

≥97% (SDS-PAGE), recombinant, expressed in baculovirus infected Sf21 cells, lyophilized powder, cell culture tested

Synonym: IL-12




Interleukin-12 (IL-12) from mouse has been used to study the effect of IL-12 on Th1 (type 1 T helper) immunity in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) infected with Sporothrix schenckii. It has been used as a standard in ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) cytokine assay.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Interleukin-12 (IL-12) was identified as a factor secreted by human Epstein-Barr (EBV)-transformed B cell lines. IL-12, or Natural Killer Cell Stimulatory Factor (NKSF), is a 75 kDa disulfide-linked heterodimer of a 35 kDa subunit and 40 kDa subunit. IL-12 is produced predominantly by monocytes and NK cells and induces T cells and NK cells to produce IFN-γ. Human IL-12 is not active on mouse cells, but murine IL-12 is active on both murine and human lymphocytes. The biological activity of recombinant human IL-12 was measured by its ability to stimulate the proliferation of PHA-activated human T lymphoblasts. IL-12 has anti-angiogenic properties.

Physical form

Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in phosphate buffered saline containing 0.5 mg bovine serum albumin.

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Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
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