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Don't count your interleukins before they've hatched [letter]

Eberl, Matthias 2002. Don't count your interleukins before they've hatched [letter]. Trends in Immunology 23 (7) , pp. 341-342. 10.1016/s1471-4906(02)02239-1

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The current habit of over-enthusiastic labelling of novel cytokines as ‘interleukins’ has led to considerable confusion for any scientist attempting to follow the recent advances in immunology in Medline, nucleotide/protein databases and patent servers. It seems that the historic argument about whether interferon-γ-inducing factor should be called interleukin (IL)-18, or rather IL-1γ, was only the tip of the iceberg of ambiguity among novel cytokines. A few examples from the ‘over 16s’ might shed more light on this problem, not mentioning the unexpected expansion of IL-1-related cytokines at the very top of the list that has recently been addressed by Sims et al. [1].

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1471-4906
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2020 08:40

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