a family of cytokines (messenger proteins) that play
a role in immune response. Interferons are secreted by infected cells,
and help protect other cells from infection. The three major classes are
alpha, beta and gamma interferon. Exogenous interferons are under study
as an immunomodulatory therapy for HIV disease. Side effects of administered
interferon include flu-like symptoms such as fever, aches and anorexia.
InterferonJAMA A general term used to describe a family of 20 to 25 proteins that cause a cell to become resistant to a wide variety of viruses. They are produced by cells infected by almost any virus.
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