thymic factor

thymic factor

Alternative oncology
Any of a number of polypeptides (thymopentin, thymopoietin and thymosin) produced by the thymus, which orchestrate the maturation and growth of T cells. Thymic factors evoked transient interest among experimental oncologists as a possible adjuvant therapy for cancer patients, an interest that has waned in response to trial failures.
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Thymic factor activity, lymphocyte stimulation response and antibody producing cells in copper deficiency.
The human thymus produces at least seven thymic proteins: thymopoietin, thymosin alpha, thymulin, thymic humoral factor, hormonal thymic factor, serum thymic factor, and other thymic factors.
Effect of a thymic factor (TS) on the immune response of aged guinea pigs.
Enhancement of the immunocompetence in neonatal guinea pigs by a thymic factor (TS).
A large number of distinct factors are necessary to maintain a balanced production between the various types of T lymphocytes; these factors include almost all interleukins, thymosins, thymopoietin, thymic humoral factor, thymic factor X, serum thymic factor, amongst others.
Thymic factor deficiencies caused by natural aging are responsible for several immune system deficiencies.
Blood concentrations of these thymic factors reach their maximal value at puberty, and gradually decline afterwards.
The final article is a reprint from 1979 on the existence of a family of thymic factors that control T-cell maturation.
The HGF Youth Elixir uses human growth factor in addition to Thymulen[R]4 which is a highly purified ingredient that compensates the natural loss of thymic factors related to the decline of the thymus with age.