interleukin-8medical dictionary


A cytokine that activates neutrophils and attracts neutrophils and T-lymphocytes.

It is released by several cell types including monocytes, macrophages, T-lymphocytes, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and keratinocytes by an inflammatory stimulus. Il-8 is a member of the beta-thromboglobulin superfamily and structurally related to platelet factor 4.

Acronym: IL-8

(12 Dec 1998)

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