A naturally produced chemical rleased by the body or a substance used in biological therapy. Interleukins stimulate the growth and activities of certain kinds of white blood cells. Interleukin-2 (Il-2).
(in-ter-LOO-kin): A substance used in biological therapy. Interleukins stimulate the growth and activities of certain kinds of white blood cells.
Secreted peptide or protein that mainly mediates local interactions between white blood cells (leucocytes).
cytokines that stimulate the growth and maturation of cells of the immune system.
A cytokine that acts as a signal between different leukocyte populations.
A substance used in biological therapy that stimulates the growth and activities of certain kinds of white blood cells.
A protein, produced by an activated helper T cell, that acts as a hormone, stimulating the differentiation and proliferation of both B cells and cytotoxic T cells following their activation.
Generic term for soluble cytokines produced by leukocytes that act as growth factors and chemotactic agents and can initiate and regulate immune and inflammatory responses.
a cytokine secreted by immune system blood cells that regulates a range of immune functions. IL-2 is produced by activated CD4 cells and promotes the proliferation and activity of T-cells and natural killer cells.
one of a group of peptides which signal between the cells of the immune system. It is a cytokine.
A chemical messenger secreted by cells of the immune system. They act by affecting the behaviour of the rest of the immune system. For example, they may attract immune system cells to an area of the body or they may stimulate the development of some cells of the immune system.
Signal substances of immune regulation secreted by white blood cells
any of several lymphokines that promote macrophages and killer T cells and B cells and other components of the immune system
a natural hormone-like substance produced by the body that activates the growth of certain types of lymphocytes.
Interleukin is a family of proteins that controls aspects of the production of blood cells and platelets (hemopoiesis) and the immune response. Eight interleukins are currently characterized; interleukin 2, for instance, stimulates T-lymphocytes and is being investigated for the treatment of cancer.
A group of polypeptides that are members of the family of cytokines which affect functions of specific cell types and are found in small quantities. They are secreted regulatory proteins produced by lymphocytes and other cell types.
Any of several compounds produced by cells of the immune system that function in the regulation of the immune system
Any of several secreted regulatory proteins that are members of the family of cytokines (immune system chemicals) that affect functions of specific cell types. Interleukins are produced by immune system cells such as lymphocytes and macrophages and monocytes, and modulate inflammation and immunity by regulating growth, mobility and differentiation of lymphoid and other cells.
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a group of natural, hormone-like substances produced by white blood cells in the body that play a central role in the regulation of the immune system.
any of various compounds of low molecular weight that are produced by T-cells and macrophages and that function especially in regulation of the immune system and cell-mediated immunity
a hormone (cytokine) that acts as a messanger in the immune system.
a cytokine (chemical messenger) secreted by immune system cells that regulates a range of immune system functions. Types include IL-1, IL-2 (T-cell growth factor), IL-10 and IL-12.
(IL) – secreted peptide or protein that mediates interactions between white blood cells; a type of cytokine.
international nomenclature for cytokines/lymphokines/chemokines/growth factors (IL-number)
A group of cytokines that help immune system cells communicate and modulates immune response.
Chemicals that help control your body’s immune system.
A biological response modifier (substance that can improve the body's natural response to infection and disease) that helps the immune system fight infection and cancer. These substances are normally produced by the body. They are also made in the laboratory for use in treating cancer and other diseases.
Proteins that control immune system.
Interleukins activate the "killer" activities of specific white blood cells in the immune system. One specific interleukin, IL-2, helps the immune cells reproduce more quickly and is used to treat melanoma that has spread.
A protein substance in the blood that helps the body's immune system fight infection and cancer.
Interleukins are a group of cytokines (secreted signaling molecules) that were first seen to be expressed by white blood cells (leukocytes, hence the -leukin) as a means of communication (inter-). The name is something of a relic though; it has since been found that interleukins are produced by a wide variety of bodily cells. The function of the immune system depends in a large part on interleukins, and rare deficiencies of a number of them have been described, all featuring autoimmune diseases or immune deficiency.