platelet activating factor
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Related to platelet activating factor: Cytokines
platelet activating factorA factor which, like PROSTAGLANDINS and LEUKOTRIENES, is released from cell membranes. It is a potent cause of INFLAMMATION and an activator of several cell types of the immune system. It is rapidly destroyed and its effect is local.
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