interleukin-3medical dictionary


Product of mitogen activated T-cells: colony-stimulating factor for bone marrow stem cells and mast cells.

A multilineage cell growth factor secreted by lymphocytes, epithelial cells, and astrocytes which stimulates clonal proliferation and differentiation of various types of blood and tissue cells. It is considered one of the haematopoietic colony-stimulating factors.

Synonyms: multi-CSF

Acronym: IL-3

(12 Dec 1998)