Immunologic messenger molecules: cytokines, interferons, and chemokines.

  title={Immunologic messenger molecules: cytokines, interferons, and chemokines.},
  author={Scott P. Commins and Larry Borish and John W. Steinke},
  journal={The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology},
  volume={125 2 Suppl 2},
Cytokines and chemokines are secreted proteins involved in numerous aspects of cell growth, differentiation, and activation. A prominent feature of these molecules is their effect on the immune system with regard to cell trafficking and development of immune tissue and organs. The nature of an immune response determines which cytokines are produced and ultimately whether the response is cytotoxic, humoral, cell mediated, or allergic. For this chapter, cytokines are grouped according to those… CONTINUE READING
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