Interleukin-2. Definition

Medical Definition: Interleukin-2

It belongs to a group of related proteins made by leukocytes (white blood cells) and other body cells. T lymphocytes produce interleukin-2. Increases growth and activity of other T and B lymphocytes, and affects the immune system. Aldesleukin (interleukin-2 produced in the laboratory) is used in the treatment of cancer as a biological response modifier to boost the immune system. Interleukin-2 is a type of cytokine. Also called IL-2.

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