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What Are Interleukins? (from BETA)

Fall/Winter 2000

The interleukins are a family of cytokines (chemical messengers) that include IL-1, IL-d (sometimes called T-cell growth factor), IL-10 and IL-12. IL-1 activates CD4 cells, mediates acute systemic immune symptoms (e.g., fever), and acts on the hyupothalamus (a gland in the brain that helps regulate metabolic rate) to decrease appetite.


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