T cell derived IL-6 is differentially required for antigen-specific antibody secretion by primary and secondary B cells.


IL-6 (formerly PCTGF, HP-1, BSF-2, HGF, IFN-beta 2, 26 kDa) is a recently defined lymphokine demonstrating activity on multiple cell types, including hepatocytes, thymocytes, T cells, plasmacytomas, and B cells. The biologic effects of IL-6 on lymphocytes, particularly B cells, suggest this factor may be involved in the regulation of normal immune responses… (More)