Interleukin-18 (IL-18) also known as interferon-gamma inducing factor. It belongs to the IL-1 superfamily and is produced mainly by macrophages but also other cell types, stimulates various cell types and has pleiotropic functions. IL-18 is similar to IL-1β for being processed by caspase 1 to an 18 kD biologically active mature form. IL-18 is able to induce severe inflammatory reactions, which suggests its role in certain inflammatory disorders. And there is evidence for a role of IL-18 in various infectious, metabolic or inflammatory diseases such as influenza virus infection, atheroma, myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mechanism and Function

IL-18 forms a signaling complex by binding to the IL-18 alpha chain (IL 18Rα), which is the ligand binding chain for mature IL-18; however, this binding is of low affinity (Figure 1).In cells that express the co-receptor, termed IL-18 receptor beta chain (IL-18Rβ), a high affinity complex is formed, which then signals.The complex of IL-18 with the IL-18Ra and IL-18Rβ chains is similar to that formed by other members of the IL-1 family with the co-receptor, the IL-1R accessory chain IL-1RAcP (also termed IL-1R3). Although nearly all cells express the IL-1R1, not all cells express IL-1RAcP. Similarly, most cells express the IL-18Ra but not all cells express the IL-18Rβ. IL-18Rβ is expressed on T-cells and dendritic cells but not commonly expressed in mesenchymal cells. Following the formation of the heterodimer, the Toll-L-1 receptor (TIR) domains approximate and it appears that the cascade of sequential recruitment of MyD88, the IRAKs and TRAF-6 followed by the degradation of IκB and release of NFκB are nearly identical as that for IL-1.

The activity of IL-18 can be suppressed by extracellular interleukin 18 binding protein (IL-18BP) that binds soluble IL-18 with a higher affinity than IL-18Rα thus prevents IL-18 binding to IL-18 receptor. IL-37 is another endogenous factor that suppresses the action of IL-18. IL-37 has high homology with IL-18 and can bind to IL-18Rα, which then forms a complex with IL-18BP, thereby reduces the activity of IL-18.

With the deepening of research, it has been found that IL-18 can act on different cells. It can promote the inflammatory response process, stimulate the formation of blood vessels, promote mitosis, and regulate the immune function of the host. The occurrence and development of sexually transmitted diseases are closely related.

IL-18 Detection Service Fig 1. Mechanism of Signaling

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  1. Murray K N, et al. Interleukin-18: Biological properties and role in disease pathogenesis. Immunological Reviews, 281(1):138–153.
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