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Cytokines in Health and Disease

Sergio Romagnani
Published in : Journal of Medical Sciences ; Vol 1, No 1 (2008)
DOI : 10.2174/1996327000801010013


Cytokines are soluble mediators produced by cells of the immune system, and also by other cell types. They were first identified as molecules able to transmit messages from or to immune cells,  but subsequently it was found that cytokines play very heterogenous functions even outside of the immune system. Therefore, cytokines are very important not only in physiologic processes, but they also play a critical role in the great majorityof human diseases.

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