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Friday, November 04, 2011

Cytokines

Cytokines are small cell-signaling protein molecules that are secreted by the glial cells of the nervous system and by numerous cells of the immune system and are a category of signaling molecules used extensively in intercellular communication.

Cytokines have been classed as lymphokines, interleukins, and chemokines, based on their presumed function, cell of secretion, or target of action.

Cytokines are highly pharmacologically active and thus may be effective agents for modifying biological responses.

Cytokines and growth factor related products in the multiplexed bead array market may represent approximately 60-70% of product revenues.



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