Total Il-22

IL-22 is a member of the IL-10 superfamily of cytokines. These cytokines are pleiotropic, affecting a wide range of immune functions. IL-22 is produced by Dendritic, T, and Innate Lymphoid cells and can be found in a wide range of tissues. Biological activity of IL-22 is initiated through interactions with IL-22R1 and IL-10R2, as well as IL-22BP1 and is regulated by IL-17A. IL-22 activation plays a role in the initiation and regulation of nonspecific immune response. IL-22 is associated with psoriasis; serum levels of the cytokine correlate with the severity of the disease. Emerging evidence suggests that IL-22 can play a role in other autoimmune disorders such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis, perhaps due to its role in inflammatory responses, which are regulated by IL-17A. IL-22 has also been implicated as a Reg gene regulator promoting β-cell production in Type 1 diabetes.