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TNF-A [1 record]

Record 1 2020-09-30


Subject field(s)
  • Cytology
  • Immunology

A protein that is released by activated macrophages as an immune system defense and, when the defense is overwhelmed, is a cause of cachexia or toxic shock ...


In some specialized works, the term «tumour necrosis factor» makes reference to the tumour necrosis factor alpha.


TNF-a: "a" refers to the Greek letter alpha.

Key term(s)
  • tumor necrosis factor alpha


  • Cytologie
  • Immunologie

Les facteurs nécrosant les tumeurs font partie des cytokines. Il en existe deux : le TNF alpha (également appelé cachectine, pour son rôle dans la cachexie liée aux maladies inflammatoires chroniques), produit par de nombreux types de cellules immunitaires (monocytes, lymphocytes), et le TNF bêta […]


Dans certains ouvrages spécialisés, le terme «facteur de nécrose tumorale» fait référence au facteur de nécrose tumorale alpha.


TNF a : La lettre «a» représente la lettre grecque.


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