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Recombinant Human IL-18BP Fc



Interleukin-18 binding protein (IL-18BP) is a constitutively secreted glycoprotein that acts as a natural antagonist for interleukin-18 (IL-18) by preventing interaction between IL-18 and its receptors. Through this binding, IL-18BP neutralizes the proinflammatory role of IL-18 in cell-mediated immune responses, resulting in reduced IFN-gamma production by T helper type I cells and inhibition of allospecific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity through augmented natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity. As an inhibitor of IL-18 and an essential component of skin homeostasis, IL-18BP has been linked to a variety of diseases, including eczema, asthma, and the autoimmune condition, Crohn's disease. The upregulation of IL-18BP by keratinocytes expressing the human papillomavirus (HPV) E7 oncoprotein has been shown to decrease IL-18-induced IFN-gamma production and IL-18-mediated T cell activation. Elevated levels of IL-18 and IL-18BP, as well as proinflammatory cytokines IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, IL-1beta and IL-8, have been linked to chronic inflammation and observed in macrophages (including Kupffer cells) isolated from lesions and intestinal tissues of Crohn's disease patients. As a member of the immunoglobulin-like class of receptors, IL-18BP contains a single immunoglobulin (Ig) domain; although two (b and d) of the four identified human isoforms (a-d) contain incomplete domains that greatly reduce their binding affinity. PeproTech's CHO cell-derived Recombinant Human IL-18BP Fc is a glycosylated, disulfide-linked homodimer of 792 amino-acid-residues whose monomer consists of a 163-amino-acid portion of secreted IL-18BP fused to the 231-amino-acid length Fc portion of human IgG by two glycine residues. The calculated molecular weight of monomeric CHO cell-derived Recombinant Human IL-18BP Fc is 43.6 kDa; however, due to glycosylation, it migrates at an apparent molecular weight of approximately 60-65 kDa by SDS-PAGE analysis under reducing conditions.


  • Gene Id: 10068
  • Uniprot: O95998
  • Activity: Determined by its ability to neutralize IL-18 induced IFN-gamma production in KG-1 cells.
  • Category: RUO Cytokines
  • Subcategory: Other Proteins
  • Research Areas: Cancer, Immune System, Inflammation, Allergy, Transplantation, COVID-19
  • Alternative Names: Interleukin-18-binding protein, IL-18BPa, Tadekinig-alfa
  • Species of Origin: Human
  • Expression System Source: CHO cells