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The suffix -kin is used in naming interleukin-type substances except for interleukin 3 (IL-3), which was classified as a pleiotropic colony-stimulating factor and assigned the "plestim" stem (e.g., daniplestim). The "kin" nomenclature series was divided into subgroups with an adjuvant stem representing the numerical class of the interleukin followed by the kin suffix.

The subgroups are:

interleukin 1 derivatives

interleukin 1 a derivatives

interleukin 1 b derivatives

interleukin 2 derivatives

interleukin 4 derivatives

interleukin 5 derivatives

interleukin 6 derivatives

interleukin 7 derivatives

interleukin 8 derivatives

interleukin 9 derivatives

interleukin 10 derivatives

interleukin 11 derivatives

interleukin 12 derivatives

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