\sˈa͡ɪtəkˌa͡ɪnz], \sˈaɪtəkˌaɪnz], \s_ˈaɪ_t_ə_k_ˌaɪ_n_z]\
Definitions of CYTOKINES
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Non-antibody proteins secreted by inflammatory leukocytes and some non-leukocytic cells, that act as intercellular mediators. They differ from classical hormones in that they are produced by a number of tissue or cell types rather than by specialized glands. They generally act locally in a paracrine or autocrine rather than endocrine manner.
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