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tumor necrosis factor receptor 2

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Target id: 1871

Nomenclature: tumor necrosis factor receptor 2

Abbreviated Name: TNFR2

Systematic Nomenclature: TNFRSF1B

Family: Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) receptor family

Gene and Protein Information Click here for help
Species TM AA Chromosomal Location Gene Symbol Gene Name Reference
Human 1 461 1p36.22 TNFRSF1B TNF receptor superfamily member 1B
Mouse 1 474 4 78.17 cM Tnfrsf1b tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, member 1b
Rat 1 474 5q36 Tnfrsf1b TNF receptor superfamily member 1B
Previous and Unofficial Names Click here for help
CD120b | TNF-R2 | p75 TNFR | TNFalpha-R2 | TNF-R75 | TNFRII | tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, member 1B | tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily
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Natural/Endogenous Ligands Click here for help
lymphotoxin-α {Sp: Human}
tumour necrosis factor membrane form {Sp: Human}
Adaptor proteins (Human)
Other Binding Ligands
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Ligand Sp. Action Value Parameter Reference
lymphotoxin-α {Sp: Human} Peptide Click here for species-specific activity table Ligand is endogenous in the given species Immunopharmacology Ligand Hs - - -
tumour necrosis factor membrane form {Sp: Human} Peptide Click here for species-specific activity table Ligand is endogenous in the given species Immunopharmacology Ligand Hs - - -
Immunopharmacology Comments
TNFR2 is a receptor for lymphotoxin-α, and the membrane form of tumour necrosis factor (TNF). It plays a variety of important roles in immune system development and regulation [4-5], mediating immune suppression and tissue regeneration. It achieves immune suppression by influencing activation and proliferation of TNFR2-expressing Treg cells [2]. TNFR2 on Treg cells in the tumour microenvironment and on tumour cells is considered to be a therapeutically tractable target for novel immuno-oncology agents [7]. TNFR2 antagonistic antibodies [3] have the potential to reduce Treg and cancer cell activation and/or proliferation [1,6], and concomittantly promote proliferation of Teff cells, further contributing to immune system-mediated destruction of tumour cells.
Immuno Process Associations
Immuno Process:  Inflammation
Immuno Process:  Cytokine production & signalling
Immuno Process:  Cellular signalling
Immuno Process:  B cell (activation)
Immuno Process:  Immune regulation
Immuno Process:  T cell (activation)


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1. Chen X, Oppenheim JJ. (2017) Targeting TNFR2, an immune checkpoint stimulator and oncoprotein, is a promising treatment for cancer. Sci Signal, 10 (462). [PMID:28096506]

2. Chen X, Wu X, Zhou Q, Howard OM, Netea MG, Oppenheim JJ. (2013) TNFR2 is critical for the stabilization of the CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T. cell phenotype in the inflammatory environment. J Immunol, 190 (3): 1076-84. [PMID:23277487]

3. Fischer R, Marsal J, Guttà C, Eisler SA, Peters N, Bethea JR, Pfizenmaier K, Kontermann RE. (2017) Novel strategies to mimic transmembrane tumor necrosis factor-dependent activation of tumor necrosis factor receptor 2. Sci Rep, 7 (1): 6607. [PMID:28747780]

4. Gubernatorova EO, Tumanov AV. (2016) Tumor Necrosis Factor and Lymphotoxin in Regulation of Intestinal Inflammation. Biochemistry Mosc, 81 (11): 1309-1325. [PMID:27914457]

5. Ngo VN, Korner H, Gunn MD, Schmidt KN, Riminton DS, Cooper MD, Browning JL, Sedgwick JD, Cyster JG. (1999) Lymphotoxin alpha/beta and tumor necrosis factor are required for stromal cell expression of homing chemokines in B and T cell areas of the spleen. J Exp Med, 189 (2): 403-12. [PMID:9892622]

6. Torrey H, Butterworth J, Mera T, Okubo Y, Wang L, Baum D, Defusco A, Plager S, Warden S, Huang D et al.. (2017) Targeting TNFR2 with antagonistic antibodies inhibits proliferation of ovarian cancer cells and tumor-associated Tregs. Sci Signal, 10 (462). [PMID:28096513]

7. Vanamee ÉS, Faustman DL. (2017) TNFR2: A Novel Target for Cancer Immunotherapy. Trends Mol Med, 23 (11): 1037-1046. [PMID:29032004]


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