Function of the Common β Subunit of the GM-CSF/IL-3/IL-5 Receptors

  • Alice Mui
  • Akihiko Muto
  • Kazuhiro Sakamaki
  • Noriko Sato
  • Taisei Kinoshita
  • Sumiko Watanabe
  • Takashi Yokota
  • Kenichi Arai
  • Atsushi Miyajima
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 365)


Interleukin 3 (IL-3) and granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) stimulate various lineage-committed cells as well as early multipotential progenitors while interleukin 5 (IL-5) stimulates eosinophils and basophils1. These three cytokines induce similar intracellular signals and exhibit similar functions in their common target cells. Although primary amino acid sequences of IL-3, IL-5 and GM-CSF show no obvious homology, they consist of four α-helices and their gross tertiary structures are similar. Interestingly, binding of a human cytokine to its high affinity receptor is inhibited by another cytokine on their common target cells, e.g. high affinity IL-3 binding to its receptor is inhibited by GM-CSF and vice versa2.


Tyrosine Phosphorylation Cytoplasmic Domain High Affinity Receptor Tyrosine Phosphorylated Protein Chimeric Receptor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice Mui
    • 1
  • Akihiko Muto
    • 2
  • Kazuhiro Sakamaki
    • 3
  • Noriko Sato
    • 2
  • Taisei Kinoshita
    • 1
  • Sumiko Watanabe
    • 2
  • Takashi Yokota
    • 2
  • Kenichi Arai
    • 2
  • Atsushi Miyajima
    • 1
  1. 1.DNAX Research Institute of Molecular and Cellular BiologyPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Medical ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyo 108Japan
  3. 3.Pharmaceutical Basic Research LaboratoriesJT Inc.Fukuura, Kanazawaku, Yokohama 236Japan

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