Interferon alpha

Jason Grebely, Gregory Dore, William Sievert

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Interferons (IFNs) are naturally occurring proteins that have a wide variety of antiviral, antiproliferative, and immunomodulatory effects. They act in a relatively nonspecific manner to inhibit viral infection. There are three classes of interferons: interferon alpha (multiple subtypes), interferon beta, and interferon gamma. Interferon alpha and beta are primarily antiviral, whereas interferon gamma is primarily immunomodulatory. Only interferon alpha has been used to treat viral infections.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKucers the Use of Antibiotics
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Review of Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiparasitic, and Antiviral Drugs, Seventh Edition
EditorsM. Lindsay Grayson
Place of PublicationBoca Raton FL USA
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781498747967
ISBN (Print)9781498747950
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017

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