Why isn't interleukin in GO?

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While chemokines and interferons represent true protein families with a high degree of homology and similar functions among the various members, it is fairly arbitrary that certain cytokines are called interleukins and others are not. Things that are called interleukins represent a diverse array of proteins from multiple protein families and having a very wide range of functions, cellular origins, and cellular targets.

Relevant tickets

https://github.com/geneontology/go-ontology/issues/14140 https://sourceforge.net/p/geneontology/ontology-requests/11250/

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