A disease that intervenes during the course of another disease. A patient with AIDS may develop an intercurrent bout of pneumonia.
alpha, beta, and gamma. All are proteins (lymphokines) normally produced by the body in response to infection. The interferons have been synthesized using recombinant DNA technology. The goal of interferon therapy is to eradicate a virus from an infected person. Using interferon, for example, to eradicate the hepatitis B or C virus will, it is […]
A protein produced by various cells, including macrophages, interleukin-1 raises body temperature, spurs the production of interferon, and stimulates growth of disease-fighting cells, among other functions. Abbreviated IL-1.
Abbreviated IL-10. An antiinflammatory and immunosuppressive substance produced within the body. IL-10 plays a role in the regulation of immune responses. It is secreted by antigen-presenting cells, promotes the development of immunologic tolerance, and suppresses the production of inflammatory cytokines. The gene for IL-10 is in chromosome region 1q31-q32. IL-10 modulates acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), […]
A type of interleukin, a chemical messenger, a substance that can improve the body’s response to disease. It stimulates the growth of certain disease-fighting blood cells in the immune system. Also called IL-2.
A protein that stimulates the immune system to develop mast cells and bone-marrow cells. Abbreviated IL-3.