interleukin-2

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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 abbreviation IL-2

Examples of interleukin-2 in a Sentence

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, 30 Sep. 2019 Synthorx has developed a partly artificial version of interleukin-2, a natural compound with anti-cancer activity. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 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, 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, 30 Apr. 2018 She was also given interleukin-2, a substance that stimulates killer T-cells. Denise Grady, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2016 See More

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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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