Encyclopedia of Cancer

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Decoy Receptor 3

  • Shie-Liang HsiehEmail author
  • Wan-Wan Lin
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_1545-2



DcR3 is a member of the TNF receptor superfamily (TNFRSF6B), and the DcR3 gene is mapped to chromosome 20q13.3. DcR3 is a glycosylated protein of 300 amino acids and 33 kD. The receptor lacks a transmembrane domain and exists as soluble protein.


Tissue Expression and Decoy Function of DcR3

DcR3 is generally undetectable in normal tissues but is highly expressed in several human malignant tissues, such as adenocarcinomas of the esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas and lung, glioblastomas, and lymphomas. In addition, high serum levels of DcR3 have been detected in many cancer patients. Clinical data indicate the significance of detecting serum DcR3 as a novel parameter for the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of malignancies. Several lines of evidence suggest a significant role for DcR3 in immune suppression and tumor progression. DcR3 has been regarded to function as decoy receptor for FasL, LIGHT (homologous to lymphotoxins, shows indu...


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See Also

  1. (2012) HVEM. In: Schwab M (ed) Encyclopedia of cancer, 3rd edn. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp 1766-1767. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-16483-5_2872Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyNational Yang-Ming University, Immunology Research Center, Taipei Veterans General Hospital; Genomics Research Center, Academia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyCollege of Medicine, National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan