The thymus is responsible for the development and regulation of T Cell immunity. Thymic peptides are hormone-like substances secreted by the thymus and playing a key role in its functioning. They affect the expression of various cytokine receptors on T-cells and induce the secretion of interleukin-2, interferon alfa and interferon gamma when the immune system is challenged. Some thymic peptides are thymomodulin, thymostimulin (TP-1), thymopentin (aTP-5 or Timunox), thymic humoral factor (THF) and thymosin alpha 1. It is thought that supplementation of thymic peptide may help enhance immune function.
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