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.
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However, that chain makes cells listen also to the messages carried by interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-7 (IL-7), says Warren J.