Interactions Between the Nervous System and the Immune System

Implications for Psychopharmacology


Adrian J. Dunn
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Louisiana State University Medical Center
Shreveport, Louisiana 71130.



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#1 The cytokines are a large group of proteins that were originally identified as products of immune cells that functioned as chemical messengers between cells of the immune system. They are now known to be synthesized by a variety of different cell types in the body and can have a very wide range of actions on many organ systems. The cytokines include the interleukins (of which there are at least 13), the interferons, tumor necrosis factors, and a variety of cell growth-stimulating factors.

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