Meaning of interleukin 2

interleukin 2

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  1. a lymphokine protein, secreted by T cells in response to antigen and interleukin 1, that stimulates the proliferation of T cells.
  2. a form of this protein produced by genetic engineering and used experimentally in immunotherapy. Abbr.: IL-2&hasp;&hasp; Cf. LAK cell.
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