interleukin-2

noun
in·​ter·​leu·​kin-2 | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlü-kən-ˈtü How to pronounce interleukin-2 (audio) \

Definition of interleukin-2

: an interleukin produced by antigen-stimulated helper T cells in the presence of interleukin-1 that induces proliferation of immune cells (such as T cells and B cells) and is used experimentally especially in treating certain cancers

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Recent Examples on the Web In Paris, David Klatzmann, an immunologist at Sorbonne University, is experimenting with treating autoimmune disorders with low levels of interleukin-2 (IL-2), an immune-signaling molecule first used to treat cancer in the mid-1980s. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Could Immunotherapy Treat Diseases Besides Cancer?," 30 Sep. 2019 Synthorx has developed a partly artificial version of interleukin-2, a natural compound with anti-cancer activity. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Biotech Notebook: Treasure from cellular trash; science gets artsy at Symphony at Salk," 26 July 2019 Researchers studying the immune system discovered the molecules interferon and interleukin-2; each was initially hailed as a promising treatment based on their dramatic effects in shrinking tumors in rodents. Jerome Groopman, The New York Review of Books, "The Body Strikes Back," 21 Mar. 2019 Eventually, the company produced a partly synthetic DNA code that modified interleukin-2 and similar molecules to eliminate the immune-suppressing effects, Shawver said. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla biotech raises $63 million to make cancer drugs from artificial DNA," 30 Apr. 2018 One of these proteins, called interleukin-2, has been studied for decades as an immune-stimulating cancer therapy. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla biotech raises $63 million to make cancer drugs from artificial DNA," 30 Apr. 2018 She was also given interleukin-2, a substance that stimulates killer T-cells. Denise Grady, New York Times, "1 Patient, 7 Tumors and 100 Billion Cells Equal 1 Striking Recovery," 7 Dec. 2016

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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interleukin-2

noun
\ -ˈtü How to pronounce interleukin-2 (audio) \

Medical Definition of interleukin-2

: an interleukin produced by antigen-stimulated helper T cells in the presence of interleukin-1 that induces proliferation of immune cells (as T cells and B cells) and has been used experimentally especially in treating certain cancers abbreviation IL-2

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