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Macrophage migration inhibitory factor exhibits a pronounced circadian rhythm relevant to its role as a glucocorticoid counter-regulator

Petrovsky, Nikolai; Socha, L; Silva, Diego; Grossman, Arthur Robert; Metz, Christine; Bucala, Richard


In humans, maximal expression of T helper 1 cytokines coincide with the nocturnal nadir of plasma cortisol, whereas T helper 2 cytokine responses are dominant during day-time. The pro-inflammatory cytokine, macrophage migration inhibitory factor counter-regulates glucocorticoid-mediated immune suppression. To determine the relationship between cortisol and macrophage migration inhibitory factor, healthy volunteers had blood drawn hourly for 24 h for measurement of plasma cortisol and basal- and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Immunology and Cell Biology
DOI: 10.1046/j.0818-9641.2002.01148.x


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