The encoded protein, a member of the tumor necrosis factor family, is a cytokine produced by lymphocytes. The protein is highly inducible, secreted, and forms heterotrimers with lymphotoxin-beta which anchor lymphotoxin-alpha to the cell surface. This protein also mediates a large variety of inflammatory, immunostimulatory, and antiviral responses, is involved in the formation of secondary lymphoid organs during development and plays a role in apoptosis. Genetic variations in this gene are associated with susceptibility to leprosy type 4 and psoriatic arthritis.
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Protein Aliases: LT-alpha; lymphotoxin A; lymphotoxin alpha (TNF superfamily, member 1); Lymphotoxin-alpha; TNF superfamily, member 1; TNF-beta; tumor necrosis factor beta; tumor necrosis factor ligand 1E; Tumor necrosis factor ligand superfamily member 1
Gene Aliases: LT; LTA; TNFB; TNFSF1; TNLG1E