New perspectives on use of thymic factors in immune deficiency
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Current knowledge on the role of thymic factors in the immune response is inadequate and remains relatively primitive when compared with present technical possibilities for assessing lymphocyte subsets or cytokine interaction. New studies support the potential importance of thymic factors as regulators of immune interactions. Indirect evidence supports the concept that thymic factors may work at the level of IL-2. The functional identity of cells responsive to thymic factors and the relation of observed effects to cytokine network interactions need to be established. The use of thymic factors in the future will depend on the development of criteria to identify appropriate settings in which to use such factors and the implementation of appropriate measures of immune functional response.