IL-1-beta. Definition

Medical Definition: IL-1-beta

It belongs to a group of related proteins made by leukocytes (white blood cells) and other body cells. Mainly leukocytes, a type of white blood cells, produce IL-1-beta, a form of IL-1-beta, and this helps to macrophages, another type of white blood cells fight infection. It also helps leukocytes pass through the walls of blood vessels and reaching the sites of infection and causes fever by affecting areas of the brain that control body temperature. The other form of IL-1-beta, IL-1-alpha, acts like the IL-1-beta. The IL-1-beta that occurs in the laboratory is used in the treatment of cancer as a biological response modifier to boost the immune system. The IL-1-beta is a type of cytokine. Also called IL-1B and interleukin-1-beta.

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