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'Biologics' are protein-based drugs derived from living organisms and are designed to either inhibit or augment a specific component of the immune system. Examples include antibodies directed against very specific molecular components of the immune response, for example, pro-inflammatory cytokines, or naturally occurring cytokine inhibitors such as IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra). © 2007 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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Book title

Biologics in General Medicine

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111 - 123