Inflammation Research

, Volume 62, Issue 7, pp 641–651 | Cite as

TNF-α signalling and inflammation: interactions between old acquaintances

  • Hana Zelová
  • Jan Hošek



Inflammation is a very important part of innate immunity and is regulated in many steps. One such regulating step is the cytokine network, where tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) plays one of the most important roles.


A PubMed and Web of Science databases search was performed for studies providing evidences on the role of TNF-α in inflammation, apoptosis, and cancer.

Results and Conclusion

This review concisely summarizes the role of this pro-inflammatory cytokine during inflammation. It is focused mainly on TNF-α intracellular signaling and its influence on the typical inflammatory features in the organism. Being one of the most important pro-inflammatory cytokines, TNF-α participates in vasodilatation and edema formation, and leukocyte adhesion to epithelium through expression of adhesion molecules; it regulates blood coagulation, contributes to oxidative stress in sites of inflammation, and indirectly induces fever. The connection between TNF-α and cancer is mentioned as well.


TNF-α TNFR Inflammation Apoptosis Cancer 


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  1. 1.Department of Natural Drugs, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences BrnoBrnoCzech Republic

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