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Thymic epithelial cells (TECs) are crucial for the production of T-cells. Cancer therapies including cytotoxic drugs and ionizing radiations damage TECs resulting in abnormal T-cell production and function. Fortunately, TECs can regenerate after injury. The Janus kinase (Jak) pathway is important in supporting survival of TECs. Jak inhibitors are used to treat cancer and immune disorders. The impact of Jak inhibitors on recovery of TECs is unknown. We induced acute thymus injury in mice by using ionizing radiation and evaluated the impact of ruxolitinib on thymus regeneration. We also tested if ruxolitinib affected proliferation of TECs in vitro. An increase was observed in the recovery of thymus cells after acute injury in association with up-regulation of TEC-related growth factors including keratinocyte growth factor (Kgf), epidermal growth factor (Egf), insulin-like growth factor 1 (Igf1) and receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (Rankl). Giving ruxolitinib decreased levels of receptors of these growth factors on TECs and blocked growth factor-induced recovery of thymus cells in damaged thymii. Ruxolitinib also blocked growth factors-induced proliferation of TECs in vitro. Thymus regeneration was inhibited when ruxolitinib was given immediately after thymus injury but not when it was given 1 week later. These data may have implications for how ruxolitinib is used in clinical practices.
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Name: Biochemical pharmacology
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A Janus kinase subtype that is involved in signaling from GROWTH HORMONE RECEPTORS; PROLACTIN RECEPTORS; and a variety of CYTOKINE RECEPTORS such as ERYTHROPOIETIN RECEPTORS and INTERLEUKIN RECEPTORS. Dysregulation of Janus kinase 2 due to GENETIC TRANSLOCATIONS have been associated with a variety of MYELOPROLIFERATIVE DISORDERS.
A Janus kinase subtype that is involved in signaling from a broad variety of CYTOKINE RECEPTORS. The TYK2 kinase is considered the founding member of the janus kinase family and was initially discovered as a signaling partner for the INTERFERON ALPHA-BETA RECEPTOR. The kinase has since been shown to signal from several INTERLEUKIN RECEPTORS.
A Janus kinase subtype that is involved in signaling from a broad variety of CYTOKINE RECEPTORS.
A Janus kinase subtype that is predominantly expressed in hematopoietic cell. It is involved in signaling from a broad variety of CYTOKINE RECEPTORS including ones that utilize the INTERLEUKIN RECEPTOR COMMON GAMMA SUBUNIT.
An interleukin-21 receptor subunit that combines with the INTERLEUKIN RECEPTOR COMMON GAMMA SUBUNIT to form a high affinity receptor for interleukin-21. It signals via interaction of its cytoplasmic domain with JANUS KINASES such as JANUS KINASE 1 and JANUS KINASE 3.
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