TIR8/SIGIRR is an interleukin-1 receptor/toll like receptor Family member with regulatory functions in inflammation and immunity

Federica Riva, Eduardo Bonavita, Elisa Barbati, Marta Muzio, Alberto Mantovani, Cecilia Garlanda

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Interleukin-1R like receptors (ILRs) andToll Like Receptors (TLRs) are key receptors of innate immunity, inflammation, and orientation of the adaptive response. They belong to a super-family characterized by the presence of a conserved intracellular domain, theToll/IL-1R (TIR) domain, which is involved in the activation of a signaling cascade leading to activation of transcription factors associated to inflammation.The activation of inflammatory responses and immunity by ILRs orTLRs signaling is potentially detrimental for the host in acute and chronic conditions and is tightly regulated at different levels by receptor antagonists, decoy receptors or signaling molecules, and miRNAs. Recent evidence suggests that the ILRs family member TIR8 (also known as SIGIRR) is a regulatory protein acting intracellularly to inhibit ILRs and TLRs signaling. In particular, current evidence suggests that TIR8/SIGIRR dampensTLRs-mediated activation and inhibits signaling receptor complexes of IL-1 family members associated withTh1 (IL-18),Th2 (IL-33), andTh17 (IL-1) differentiation. Studies with Tir8/Sigirr-deficient mice showed that the ability to dampen signaling from ILRs and TLRs family members makesTIR8/SIGIRR a key regulator of inflammation. Here, we summarize our current understanding of the structure and function of TIR8/SIGIRR, focusing on its role in different pathological conditions, ranging from infectious and sterile inflammation, to autoimmunity and cancer-related inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle 322
JournalFrontiers in Immunology
Issue numberOCT
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Cytokine
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Inflammation-associated cancer
  • Interleukin-1
  • Toll like receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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