The protein encoded by this gene is a signal transducer shared by many cytokines, including interleukin 6 (IL6), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), and oncostatin M (OSM). This protein functions as a part of the cytokine receptor complex. The activation of this protein is dependent upon the binding of cytokines to their receptors. vIL6, a protein related to IL6 and encoded by the Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, can bypass the interleukin 6 receptor (IL6R) and directly activate this protein. Knockout studies in mice suggested a critical role of the gene encoding this protein in regulating myocyte apoptosis. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding distinct isoforms have been described.
CD130; CD130 antigen; CDw130; gp130; gp130 of the rheumatoid arthritis antigenic peptide-bearing soluble form; gp130, oncostatin M receptor; GP130-RAPS; IL-6 receptor subunit beta; IL-6R subunit beta; IL6R-beta; IL6ST; interleukin receptor beta chain; Interleukin-6 receptor subunit beta; Interleukin-6 signal transducer; Membrane glycoprotein 130; membrane glycoprotein gp130; Oncostatin-M receptor subunit alpha
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