Cytokines, Chemokine and Their Receptors
The immune system is capable of communication and designed to counter rapidly, precisely and comprehensively to defend an organism against foreign invaders and ailment. The cytokine - a superfamily of proteins is a vital part of the signalling network between cells and is indispensable in producing and regulating the immune system. Much progress has been made recently in interpreting how the immune system converses with or is mediated by, cytokines and chemotactic cytokines (chemokines). These interacting biological signals have extraordinary capabilities, such as influencing growth and development, hematopoiesis, lymphocyte recruitment, T cell subset differentiation, and inflammation.