Author(s): Adams DH, Lloyd AR, Adams DH, Lloyd AR
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Abstract Chemokines are a family of structurally related proteins that share the ability to induce migration of specific subsets of leucocytes. These specialised cytokines play a critical part in the generation of cellular inflammation, both in the protective responses to invading pathogens and in the pathological processes associated with infection and immune-mediated diseases. Chemokines are more than simple chemotactic factors, since they are also implicated in leucocyte activation, angiogenesis, and antimicrobial functions, including a protective role in HIV infection. These molecules provide potentially valuable targets for therapeutic intervention in a wide range of diseases.
This article was published in Lancet
and referenced in Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine