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pl. n. protein molecules, released by cells when activated by antigen, that are involved in cell-to-cell communications, acting as enhancing mediators for immune responses through interaction with specific cell-surface receptors on leucocytes. Kinds of cytokines include interleukins (produced by leucocytes), lymphokines (produced by lymphocytes), interferons, and tumour necrosis factor.

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