interleukin-2

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interleukin-2

[‚in·tər¦lük·ən ′tü]
(immunology)
A lymphokine secreted mostly by helper T lymphocytes that promotes the growth of T lymphocytes. Abbreviated IL-2.
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Characterization of Lymphokine-Activated Killing by Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Stimulated with Interleukin 2 (IL-2) Analogs Specific for the Intermediate Affinity IL-2 Receptor.
T-cell replacing factor (interleukin 5) induces expression of interleukin 2 receptors on murine splenic B-cells.
Stimulation of the first type, T helper 1 (TH1), led to an increase in interleukin 2 and a messenger called interferon gamma.