Definitions for "Interferons"
Keywords:  cytokine, viral, antiviral, alfa, gamma
A cytokine that interferes nonspecifically with the reproduction of viruses.
A group of naturally occurring proteins that act as chemical messengers between cells. Three have so far been discovered, alpha, beta and gamma, all of which have immune-modulating effects. Interferons are used in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases, such as MS.
A family of disease-fighting molecules produced naturally in the body, but also made in the laboratory as drugs to enhance the body's ability to destroy viruses and cancer cells.