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Cytokines - The Interleukins

 Cytokines - The Interleukins (9853-10) Review the general nature of cytokines and in particular, one class of cytokine - the interleukins. The interleukins show multiple effects. They may act individually expressing a single function or more likely initiate a series of multiple functions.

Code 9853-10
Level Advanced

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PEP hours: 25
CPS credits: 1.7
Level: Advanced
Course Type: Express
Start Date: Upon registration
Completion: Up to 52 weeks
Delivery: PDF via email
Prerequisites: None
Textbook: N/A
Equipment: Computer with Internet is required
Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the following terms: cytokine, chemokine, lymphokine and monokine.
  • Compare the actions of cytokines in comparison to the functions of hormones.
  • Describe the three types of chemical signaling in the body
  • Describe the clinical condition known as cytokine storm.
  • List the causes of cytokine storm
  • Discuss the classification system that depends on the three dimensional structure of cytokine receptors.
  • Describe the general features of the interleukins.
  • Describe the features that make IL1 considered the prototypic interleukin.
  • List the interleukins that may be of use therapeutically.
  • Describe the interleukins that act as specific growth factors for eosinophils and neutrophils.
  • Describe the interleukin that is a major autocrine growth modulator for myeloma and associated with plasma cell leukemia.
  • Discuss the use of interleukins as growth factors and their potential use for repopulation of bone marrow following chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant.
Author/Instructor: John Chapman, FCSMLS, FIMLS, CLSp(H)
Version Date: November 2010