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interleukin
Jul 7, 2003

What is interleukin? What do they expect it to do? Can it prevent the syndrome of A.I.D.S?

Response from Dr. Young

Interleukins (IL) are a family of immune "hormones" that are naturally produced by the body.

There are clinical trials ongoing to assess whether their use for the treatment of HIV might be of benefit, though the upshot of these data so far are equivocal. It is clear that persons who receive one interleukin, IL-2 have increased number of CD4 cells; it is not clear if these increases have clinical or immunological benefit at this time. BY



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