an intercellular hormone or chemical messenger protein
(e.g., interleukin, colony- stimulating factor) released by white blood
cells (e.g., macrophages, T-cells). Cytokines facilitate communication
among immune system cells and between immune system cells and the rest
of the body. Cytokines coordinate several aspects of the immune response
including stimulating antibody production, promoting the migration of
phagocytes to the site of an infection and activating cytotoxic T-lymphocytes.
CytokinesJAMA 1. Immune system proteins involved in the normal regulation of the immune response. They may also
help to activate HIV.
2. Proteins used for communication by cells of the immune system. Central to the normal regulation
of the immune response.
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