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  • n. Any of a group of cytokine proteins important in the regulation of lymphocyte function.

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  • n. any of several lymphokines that promote macrophages and killer T cells and B cells and other components of the immune system

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Examples

  • Mice exposed to pollution showed a 15-fold increase in interleukin-6 just 24 hours later.

    Air Pollution Triggers Blood Clots | Impact Lab

  • Kaptoge S, Mann AG, Sarwar N, Wood A, et al. (2008) Long-term interleukin-6 levels and subsequent risk of coronary heart disease: two new prospective studies and a systematic review.

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  • Specifically, the researchers found that retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A, seems to work together with high levels of a pro-inflammatory substance known as interleukin-15 IL-15 to break the body's tolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

    Mouse study suggests new clues to celiac disease

  • It's well known that sleep is induced by an immune "expression," or a cytokine, called interleukin-2, which happens in response to the LPS put off by our gut bacteria.

    T.S. Wiley: Can Sleep Loss Destroy Your Immune System?

  • A flu infection stimulates the release of an immune system protein called interleukin-6, which in normal amounts helps the immune system do its job.

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  • Unlike existing drugs, it blocks a protein called interleukin-6, making it an option for the patients who don't respond to other treatments.

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  • A roughly similar result was seen when part of the sequence of a small bacterial protein was randomized to generate a library containing about forty million members, and when a library of fifty million artificial “minibodies” was probed for binding to a protein called interleukin Nord, K., Gunneriusson, E., Uhlen, M., and Nygren, P.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • A little bacteria was added to the blood sample, then the researchers measured the strength of the immune response (specifically, how much of a substance called interleukin-6 the immune cells produced).

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • This happens because soluble fiber causes increased production of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4, he said.

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  • There were, however, immune function genes whose expression increased with CD133 expression, including a cytokine gene called interleukin-17 that is linked to inflammation, and a gene related to suppression of immune function called NCAM-1.

    Newswise: Latest News

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  • With thanks to sionnach for the suggestion! "Noun. Any of a class of cytokines that act to stimulate, regulate, or modulate lymphocytes such as T cells."

    October 28, 2007