Medical Definition of IL-2

1. A hormone-like substance released by stimulated T lymphocytes, causes activation and differentiation of other T lymphocytes independently of antigen. 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. It is secreted by Thl CD4 cells to stimulate CD8 cytotoxic T-1yrnphocytes. Interleukin 2 also increases the proliferation and maturation of the CD4 cells themselves. During HIV infection, Interleukin-2 production gradually declines. Use of interleukin 2 therapy is under study as a way to raise CD4 cell counts and restore immune function. Acronym: IL-2 (12 Dec 1998)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of IL-2

IJssel
IJssel river
IJsselmeer
IKEA
IKIWISI
IKR
IL
IL-1
IL-10
IL-11
IL-12
IL-13
IL-14
IL-15
IL-16
IL-2 (current term)
IL-3
IL-4
IL-5
IL-6
IL-7
IL-8
IL-9
ILA
ILEC
ILM
ILO
ILPC
ILS
ILY

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