alpha interferon

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alpha interferon

n.
Any of a family of glycoproteins that are secreted by cells as part of the immune response in vertebrates or are produced synthetically for use in treating viral infections and certain cancers. Also called interferon alpha.
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Type I interferons, however, are classically known to suppress allergen- and microbial-specific Th2 responses [4] and to be required for the induction of the production of IFN[gamma] during viral infections [5], but recent findings show that chronic interferon type I signaling suppresses the de novo formation of Th1 cells [6].
Chicken interferon type I inhibits infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) replication and associated respiratory illness.
Meier et al., "Interferon type I gene expression in chronic hepatitis C," Laboratory Investigation, vol.

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