Positive Regulators of the Jak/STAT Pathway

Positive Regulators of the Jak/STAT Pathway Background

About Positive Regulators of the Jak/STAT Pathway

The JAK-STAT pathway (Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription pathway) is a cytokine-stimulated signaling pathway involved in many important biological processes such as cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis, and immune regulation.

The positive regulators of the Jak/STAT pathway are a diverse group of proteins and molecules that enhance and promote the activation and signaling of Janus kinase (Jaks) and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) proteins. For example, some proteins, such as SH2B1 and STI1, associate with and facilitate the activity of Jak proteins. These positive regulators act at different pathway levels to amplify signaling cascades, resulting in robust and sustained cellular responses. Understanding the mechanisms and functions of these positive regulators is critical to deciphering the complexity of the Jak/STAT pathway.

JAK/STAT signaling pathway Fig.1 JAK/STAT signaling pathway. (Matsui WH, 2016)

Mechanism of Positive Regulators of the Jak/STAT Pathway

  • Cytokines and Growth Factors

Cytokines and growth factors are extracellular ligands that bind to specific receptors, leading to the activation of Jaks and subsequent STAT proteins. These ligands, such as interferons, interleukins, and growth factors, initiate the signaling cascade by inducing receptor dimerization and Jak activation, promoting STAT phosphorylation and nuclear translocation. Cytokines and growth factors act as primary positive regulators by initiating the Jak/STAT pathway.

  • Tyrosine Kinase Receptors

Tyrosine kinase receptors, including receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), can directly activate Jaks and promote the phosphorylation of STAT proteins. Upon ligand binding, these receptors undergo autophosphorylation and recruit Jaks to their cytoplasmic domains. Jaks then phosphorylate the receptors and subsequently phosphorylate STAT proteins, leading to their activation and transcriptional activity.

  • Coactivators and Transcriptional Mediators

Positive regulators of the Jak/STAT pathway also include coactivators and transcriptional mediators that enhance the transcriptional activity of activated STAT proteins. These molecules, such as p300/CBP and Mediator complex components, interact with phosphorylated STATs and recruit additional transcriptional machinery, including histone acetyltransferases and chromatin remodeling complexes. This interaction facilitates the assembly of transcriptional complexes and promotes gene expression.

Functions of Positive Regulators of the Jak/STAT Pathway

  • Various Pathologic Conditions

Positive regulators are implicated in various pathological conditions. Dysregulation or aberrant activation of the Jak/STAT pathway due to malfunctioning positive regulators is associated with numerous diseases, including autoimmune disorders, inflammatory diseases, and certain types of cancer. Therefore, understanding the precise roles and dysregulation of positive regulators provides valuable insights into disease pathogenesis and potential therapeutic interventions.

  • Cell Growth and Differentiation

The Jak/STAT pathway regulates cell growth and differentiation in various tissues and organs. Positive regulators ensure proper activation and signaling of the pathway, allowing for the appropriate proliferation and differentiation of cells. Dysregulation of positive regulators can lead to abnormal cell growth, developmental defects, and diseases.

  • Regeneration and Tissue Repair

The Jak/STAT pathway is involved in tissue regeneration and repair processes. Positive regulators play a crucial role in initiating and sustaining the signaling cascade necessary for tissue healing. They promote the activation and nuclear translocation of STAT proteins, leading to the expression of genes involved in tissue regeneration, angiogenesis, and wound healing.

Available Resources for Jak/STAT Pathway Positive Regulators

Positive regulators of the Jak/STAT pathway are essential for robust and sustained signaling and appropriate cellular responses. Understanding their mechanisms and functions provides valuable insights for therapeutic interventions aimed at modulating the Jak/STAT signaling pathway. Creative BioMart is committed to providing a wide range of resources to support the study of positive regulators of the Jak/STAT pathway, enabling scientists to understand and utilize these regulators for therapeutic interventions. Click to view all related molecules/targets and research reagents. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us with any questions or requests.


  1. Matsui WH. Cancer stem cell signaling pathways. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016;95(1 Suppl 1): S8-S19.

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