interleukins and functions

  1. any ideas how to remember the functions of
    a list of 24 interleukins

    (IL-19, IL-20, IL- 22, and IL-24 are similar to IL-10
    and IL-21 is similar to IL-2, IL-4 and IL-5)
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  3. by   MikeyJ
    You have to know the function of each interleukin? Geesh.. in my A&P classes, I had to remember the important ones (not 24 of them!). But I personally just made an excel file and memorized them. Here is a link that does that
  4. by   GingerSue
    thanks for the link (with 33 interleukins)
    my list goes to 24
  5. by   zacarias
    I never did interleukins in school. Ask any nurse and they won't be able to differentiate the functions. Most docs don't know off-hand.
  6. by   caroladybelle
    High dose IL-2 has been used for quite a while as one of the few effective treatments for metastatic renal cell cancer and metastatic melanoma. But only a few facilities give it as to do so effectively, it really needs to be given on an onco floor that has capability for double vasopressors. And those are few and far between.

    There is a new treatment for met. renal ca, so using IL2 for that may decrease.