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amplification systemPhysiology A generic term for any group of proteins that function in coordinated sequences, forming positive feedback loops for expanding the response to a low intensity signal
- eg factor Xa activating factor 'X' in the presence of factor VIII, Ca2+, and phospholipid
- Augments B-cell response. See Alternative and Classic pathways .
- Amplifies T-cell response, ILs, kinins, lipid mediators and mast cell products
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cytokinesA general term for a range of proteins of low molecular weight that exert a stimulating or inhibiting influence on the proliferation, differentiation and function of cells of the immune system. Cytokines include INTERLEUKINS and INTERFERONS.
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Chemicals made by the cells that act on other cells to stimulate or inhibit their function. Cytokines that stimulate growth are called "growth factors."
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