The role of interleukin 15 in mounting an immune response against microbial infections

Yasunobu Yoshikai, Hitoshi Nishimura

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    Abstract

    Interleukin (IL)-15 is a recently described cytokine that resembles IL-2 in its biological activities, stimulating natural killer cells, T cells and B cells to proliferate, secrete cytokines, and exhibit increased cytotoxicities or produce antibody IL-15 also exerts unique functions such as stimulation of phagocytes, maintenance of mast cells and migration of activated/memory T cells. IL-15 is involved in protection against infections with a variety of microbes through not only activating innate immunity but also mounting adaptive immunity. (C) 2000 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)381-389
    Number of pages9
    JournalMicrobes and Infection
    Volume2
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Microbiology
    • Immunology
    • Infectious Diseases

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