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interleukin

a substance extracted from white blood cells that stimulates their activity against infection and may be used to combat some forms of cancer

interleukin

[‚in·tər′lü·kən]
(immunology)
Any of a class of proteins that are secreted mostly by macrophages and T lymphocytes and induce growth and differentiation of lymphocytes and hematopoietic stem cells.
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Under the terms of the new relationship, Sheffield University received equity in Interleukin Genetics in exchange for dedicating resources to the joint venture discovery program in the genetics and control of inflammatory diseases.