The Role of TNF-α as a Proinflammatory Cytokine in Pathological Processes
Luciano B. Silva1, Alexandrino P. dos Santos Neto2, *, Sandra M.A.S. Maia1, Carolina dos Santos Guimarães1, Iliana L. Quidute1, Alessandra de A.T. Carvalho2, Severino A. Júnior3, Jair C. Leão2
1 Departament of Endodontics, University of Pernambuco (UPE), 1650 Gal Ne wton Cavalcanti Avenue, Camaragibe, PE, Brazil 54753-020
2 Department of Clinical and Preventive Dentistry, Health Sciences Center, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), 1235 Prof. Moraes Rego Street, Recife, PE, Brasil 50670901
3 Department of Fundamental Chemistry, Exact and Nature Sciences Center, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Prof. Luis Freire Street, Recife, PE, Brasil 50740-540
TNF-α is a member of the vast cytokine family being considered a proinflammatory substance produced many by macrophages and other cells belonging to the innate immunity, many of them classified as indeed Antigen Presenting Cells (APCs) involved in the complex chemotactic process of activation of the adaptive immunity. The aim of this work was to accomplish a literature review concerning the main pathologies that have TNF-α as a modulating agent in other to bring light to the main interactions present in the inflammation installed.
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