interleukin-6[in′tĕr-lū′kin]

Type:Term

Definitions
1. A cytokine derived from macrophages and endothelial cells that increases synthesis and secretion of immunoglobulins by B lymphocytes; also induces acute-phase proteins. In hepatocytes, it induces acute-phase reactants.

Synonyms
B-cell stimulatory factor 2 , interferon-β2

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