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  • n  any of various protein molecules secreted by cells of the immune system that serve to regulate the immune system

  • Pessimists counter that the effects of H5N1 seem to resemble those of the Spanish flu, including evidence of cytokine storms and ARDS, and note that no one can predict what a new .
  • To do this, it links simultaneously to an adjacent section on CD4 known as a cytokine receptor.
  • Once the virus has bound to both CD4 and the cytokine, chemical changes take place that alter the structure of the cell's membrane, and the lock .

  • Richard Ulevitch in EurekAlert (press release)
    The resulting beneficial effect of cytokine hyper-production runs contrary to some of the current thinking in sepsis research,Ulevitch said. "The general thinking is that this initial cytokine 'storm' is harmful, and that belief has been...

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