Protein, later shown to be interleukin-1 IL-1, that stimulates the breakdown of connective tissue extracellular matrix.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • interleukin-1 — (= IL 1) Protein (17 kD: 152 amino acids) secreted by macrophages or accessory cells involved in the activation of both T and B lymphocytes in response to antigens or mitogens, as well as affecting a wide range of other cell types. At least two… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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