interleukin 2

interleukin 2

noun
1.
Immunology. a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells in response to antigen and interleukin 1, that stimulates the proliferation of T cells.
2.
Pharmacology. a form of this protein produced by genetic engineering and used experimentally in immunotherapy. Abbreviation: IL-2
Compare LAK cell.


Origin:
1980–85; see interleukin 1

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