Monokines Definition

CYTOKINES that convey biochemical messages among monocytes (white blood cells in the blood circulation) and macrophages (white blood cells that reside in the tissues). Monokines direct the actions of these immune cells during the IMMUNE RESPONSE, stimulating and coordinating numerous functions. There is some overlap between monokines and LYMPHOKINES (which lymphocytes produce).

See also COMPLEMENT CASCADEIMMUNE SYSTEMINTERFERONSINTERLEUKINS; LEUKOCYTE; LYMPHOCYTEMACROPHAGEMONOCYTE.

Monokines – Definition
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