interleukin-6

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interleukin-6

[‚in·tər¦lük·ən ′siks]
(immunology)
A cytokine derived from activated T lymphocytes that has many functions, including induction of B-cell growth; induction of B-cell differentiation and antibody production; induction of differentiation and proliferation of T cells; synergistic induction with IL-3 of hematopoietic cell growth; and induction of hepatocyte secretion of acute-phase inflammatory proteins. Abbreviated IL-6.