from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lymphokine that is released by helper T cells in response to an antigen and interleukin-1 and stimulates the proliferation of helper T cells. It has been used experimentally to treat cancer.


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  • Then two courses of another existing drug, interleukin-2, made the tumors in her lungs worse, and made her skin peel off.

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  • In this Phase 3 clinical trial, conducted at 21 care centers, researchers randomly assigned 185 patients with metastatic melanoma, meaning the cancer had spread, to either the vaccine followed by interleukin-2, a drug that activates the immune system, or interleukin-2 alone.

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  • The immune-boosting drug, interleukin-2, enhances the vaccine's effectiveness by stimulating the production of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that circulates throughout the body.

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  • About 16% of those given the vaccine/interleukin-2 combination saw their tumors shrink by 50% or more, compared to 6% given interleukin-2 alone.

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  • Patients given the combo also lived an average of nearly 7 months longer than those only give interleukin-2 — nearly 18 months compared to about 11 months.

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  • 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.

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  • Endotoxin LPS, as it accumulates all day long from reproducing symbiotic bacteria, activates your immune system and interleukin-2.

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  • These include tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin-2, -4, and -8.

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  • A randomized study of low dose subcutaneous interleukin-2 plus melatonin versus supportive care alone in metastatic colorectal cancer patients progressing under 5-fluorouracil and folates.

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  • Immune effects of preoperative immunotherapy with high-dose subcutaneous interleukin-2 versus neuroimmunotherapy with low-dose interleukin-2 plus the neurohormone melatonin in gastrointestinal tract tumor patients.

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