TBX21

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T-box transcription factor TBX21 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the TBX21 gene.[1]

Function

This gene is a member of a phylogenetically conserved family of genes that share a common DNA-binding domain, the T-box. T-box genes encode transcription factors involved in the regulation of developmental processes. This gene is the human ortholog of mouse Tbx21/Tbet gene. Studies in mouse show that Tbx21 protein is a Th1 cell-specific transcription factor that controls the expression of the hallmark Th1 cytokine, interferon-gamma (IFNG). Expression of the human ortholog also correlates with IFNG expression in Th1 and natural killer cells, suggesting a role for this gene in initiating Th1 lineage development from naive Th precursor cells.[1]

Role in disease

Asthma

The transcription factor encoded by TBX21 is T-bet, which regulates the development of naive T lymphocytes. Asthma is a disease of chronic inflammation, and it is known that transgenic mice born without TBX21 spontaneously develop abnormal lung function consistent with asthma. It is thought that TBX21, therefore, may play a role in the development of asthma in humans as well.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Entrez Gene: TBX21 T-box 21".
  2. Tantisira KG, Hwang ES, Raby BA, Silverman ES, Lake SL, Richter BG, Peng SL, Drazen JM, Glimcher LH, and Weiss ST (Dec 2004). "TBX21: A functional variant predicts improvement in asthma with the use of inhaled corticosteroids". PNAS. 101 (52): 18099–18104. doi:10.1073/pnas.0408532102. PMC 539815. PMID 15604153.

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