"Cytokines" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure,
which enables searching at various levels of specificity.
Non-antibody proteins secreted by inflammatory leukocytes and some non-leukocytic cells, that act as intercellular mediators. They differ from classical hormones in that they are produced by a number of tissue or cell types rather than by specialized glands. They generally act locally in a paracrine or autocrine rather than endocrine manner.
Below are MeSH descriptors whose meaning is more general than "Cytokines".
Below are MeSH descriptors whose meaning is more specific than "Cytokines".
This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Cytokines" by people in the URMC Research Network by year, and whether "Cytokines" was a major or minor topic of these publication.