interleukin-4


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interleukin-4

[‚in·tər′lük·ən ′fȯr]
(immunology)
A cytokine that is capable of a variety of activities, such as induction of proliferation by T cells, mast cells, megakarocytes, and erythroid precursors; induction of antibody secretion by B cells; and potentiation of the proliferation of mast cells. Abbreviated IL-4.
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Whether a shortage of interleukin-4 and interleukin-10 sabotages nerve terminals in people is unclear, she says, since the authors of the new study didn't measure all cytokines that might have an effect.
All the volunteers, whether they had received interleukin-4 or photochemotherapy, showed significantly improved psoriasis symptoms during 6 weeks of treatment and 6 weeks of follow-up, Martin Rocken, a dermatologist at the Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen, Germany.
Independent research implicates the overproduction of two functionally related cytokines, Interleukin-4 (IL-4) and Interleukin-13 (IL-13), as being an important contributor to the abnormal immune response that can lead to asthma.