Thymic hormones and cytokines

A. Mastino, C. Favalli, S. Grelli, E. Garaci

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The discovery and the first studies on thymic hormones (TH) are historically linked with their role on the developmental events of T lymphocytes that occur within the thymus. However, paradoxically, during the most recent years, much more information about the effects of TH on mature effector cells, in relation with those indicating their real functions during the T-cell differentation, have been, in fact, available. Here we report an update discussion concerning the possible role of the cooperation between TH and cytokines in T-cell development. Moreover we illustrate the results obtained by us and other authors, demonstrating a strict connection between the action of thymosins, a family of peptides first isolated and purified from calf thymus (1), and that of cytokines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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