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ccl17

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Official Full Name
chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 17
Background
This gene is one of several Cys-Cys (CC) cytokine genes clustered on the q arm of chromosome 16. Cytokines are a family of secreted proteins involved in immunoregulatory and inflammatory processes. The CC cytokines are proteins characterized by two adjacent cysteines. The cytokine encoded by this gene displays chemotactic activity for T lymphocytes, but not monocytes or granulocytes. The product of this gene binds to chemokine receptors CCR4 and CCR8. This chemokine plays important roles in T cell development in thymus as well as in trafficking and activation of mature T cells.
Synonyms
CCL17; A-152E5.3; ABCD-2; MGC138271; MGC138273; SCYA17; TARC; CC chemokine TARC; C-C motif chemokine; chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 17; small inducible cytokine subfamily A (Cys-Cys), member 17; Small-inducible cytokine A17; Thymus and activation-regulated chemokine; Scya17l