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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For HIV-infected people at an earlier stage of T cell loss, interleukin-2 treatment may provide a respite from the onslaught of HIV.
Blocking this receptor in animal models prevents adverse effects from interleukin-2.
The scientists knew that tumor cells by themselves would spur an immune response, but they wanted to compare it with the immune rally sparked by interleukin-2.
Sustained increases in CD4 counts in HIV-infected patients treated with interleukin-2 during a randomized, controlled trial.
The question is whether the interleukin-2 toxin is the most effective treatment.
We now hypothesize that the pathologic release of interleukin-2 receptor into the blood may explain many of the immune abnormalities seen in Kawasaki's syndrome," Barron says.
11 progeny of the patient's own TIL cells, along with further infusions of interleukin-2.
She suspects that by killing fertilized eggs and by causing inflammation and fibrosis around the uterus and fallopian tubes, interleukin-2 causes infertility in women with endometriosis.
A related protein, interleukin-2, has received more attention because of its reported success in treating cancer (SN: 1/17/87, p.
Interleukin-2, the sometimes-promising, sometimes-disheartening experimental anticancer drug, last week took another stumble in the medical literature.
Jacques, immune cellstaken from the patient's peripheral blood are stimulated with interleukin-2 and then replaced into the brain.
In the therapy, white blood cells are removed from the patient, incubated in the immune system stimulator interleukin-2, and put back into the patient along with more interleukin-2.