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tumor necrosis factors

A family of proteins that were originally identified by their ability to cause necrosis of neoplasms. Their necrotic effect on cells is mediated through tumor necrosis factor receptors which induce apoptosis.
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  • TNF (tumor necrosis factors)
  • tumour necrosis factors
  • cachectin
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