interleukin interleukin  /ˌɪn tər ˈlu kɪn/


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


  1. What they found were two new genes, IL2 and IL7, which code for receptors for interleukin the proteins that regulate how T cells work in the body.
  2. The macrophage then secretes a protein called interleukin-1, a chemical signal that causes the T cell to begin replicating.
  3. And there's a price: the interleukin-2 was injected twice daily for five days every eight weeks, during which time patients felt feverish, achy and generally lousy.



  1. "But once you have an ironclad discovery, as I believe the interleukin-7 receptor is, then you have the motivation to endure the expense of a long clinical trial," Dr. Stefánsson said.
    on Jul 29, 2007 By: Kari Stefansson Source: New York Times

  2. "We are pleased to welcome Tom to Interleukin," said Thomas Curran, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "Tom's more than 25 years of financial and industry experience, as well as his leadership and strategy skills will help the company focus on...
    on Sep 6, 2007 By: Thomas Curran Source:

  3. "We had contemplated that Lew would join the Board when he joined Interleukin Genetics as CEO and we are pleased that the process is now complete," said Weaver.
    on Jul 28, 2008 By: James Weaver Source: Trading Markets (press release)

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