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Any of various small proteins that are produced by a variety of cell types, especially T cells and other white blood cells, and that regulate many aspects of inflammation and the immune response, including stimulating the production of white blood cells and platelets.


(Biochemistry) a substance extracted from white blood cells that stimulates their activity against infection and may be used to combat some forms of cancer


(ˈɪn tərˌlu kɪn)
any of a family of small proteins that participate in the body's defense system, esp. by promoting the growth and activation of white blood cells.
[1979; inter- + leuk (ocyte) + -in1; so called because such proteins act as agents of communication between different populations of leukocytes]
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Noun1.interleukin - any of several lymphokines that promote macrophages and killer T cells and B cells and other components of the immune system
lymphokine - a cytokine secreted by helper T cells in response to stimulation by antigens and that acts on other cells of the immune system (as by activating macrophages)
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Keywords: Chronic Periodontitis, Cardiovascular Disease, Interleukin-6, Males, females.
The interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-18 (IL-18) concentrations were measured in the serum by Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay.
Akbaraly, PhD, of France's Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale and colleagues report that high levels of interleukin-6, which are elevated during chronic inflammation, are associated with a reduction in successful aging, which they define as the absence of chronic diseases and disability coupled with optimal physical, cognitive, cardiovascular, and respiratory functioning.
Washington, Jan 15 (ANI): Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia believe the discovery of Interleukin-6, an inflammatory mediator key to the loss of vision caused by diabetic retinopathy, may help in the development of new treatment.
The researchers found no differences between febrile and afebrile patients in serum levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 during labor or post partum, Dr.
Hypercytokinemia was also shown, with an interleukin-6 of 12.
Next, the researchers considered two other inflammatory compounds, called C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6, and triglycerides.
CHICAGO -- Frail elderly people have reduced hemoglobin values and elevated interleukin-6 levels when compared with elderly people who aren't frail, Dr.
In the group of babies with sepsis, the degree of reactive hyperemia correlated to log interleukin-6 and log interleukin-8 values.
The researchers found that exposure to moderate levels of sidestream cigarette smoke increased harmful oxidation and also promoted the production of interleukin-6, an inflammatory mediator closely linked to cardiovascular disease.
Plasma CoQ10 levels, markers of inflammation including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 and homocysteine; malondialdehyde (a marker of lipid peroxidation) and levels of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) were measured before and after the treatment period.