Chemistry for medical professionals

Chemistry for medical professionals

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The interleukins belong to the cytokines and have important functions in the immune system. Interleukin-1β, for example, stimulates the T lymphocytes.

Interleukin-1β consists of 153 amino acids that only form β-sheet structures. There are parallel and anti-parallel units. They are arranged in such a way that an almost globular protein is formed overall.