interleukin

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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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Interleukin-16 (IL-16) gene polymorphisms in Iranian patients with colorectal cancer.
Associationof an interleukin-16 gene polymorphism with the riskand pain phenotype of endometriosis.
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE EFFECTS OF NEURONAL INTERLEUKIN-16 ON LONG TERM POTENTIATION IN MOUSE HIPPOCAMPAL SLICES.
GE2 also suppressed histamine release from human lung mast cells, a good model for asthma, and blocked the release of interleukin-16 in Langerhans-like dendritic cells, which contribute to infiammatory allergic processes in the skin.