Immune system

  • Do interleukins help in activating immune system and destroying tumour cells?

    Or only Alpha interferon (given to cancer patients) is able to activate immune system and destroying tumour cells? Please explain.

  • @anag
    Interleukins (ILs) are a group of cytokines (secreted proteins and signal molecules) that were first seen to be expressed by white blood cells (leukocytes).
    Recently there has been a breakthrough in harnessing the immune system to treat malignant tumors. Cytokines are small glycoproteins that bind to cell surface receptors and regulate the development, survival, and function of immune cell. ... IL-2 is one of the key cytokines with pleiotropic effects on the immune system.

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