cytokine
A generic name for a diverse group of soluble proteins and peptides which act as humoral regulators at extremely small concentrations and which, either under normal or pathological conditions, modulate the functional activities of individual cells and tissues.

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  • Cytokine — Cytokines (Greek cyto , cell; and kinos, movement) are small cell signaling protein molecules that are secreted by the glial cells of the nervous system and by numerous cells of the immune system and are a category of signaling molecules used… …   Wikipedia

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