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How do the interferons protect the body against viruses?

How do the interferons protect the body against viruses?

Toxic to viruses: Interferons are directly toxic to viruses; i cannot comment on the exact mechanism, however. ...Read more

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Interferon (Definition)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more


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I have been injected by one dose of interferon as a precaution for virus c , did this harm my body. This happened since 6 yrs ago?

Interferon: This will not have harmed you, but you should definitely go and be tested to see if you have hepatitis c and whether there may be a need for treatment. This is a very serious illness. ...Read more

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How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

Mechanism of action: Interferon Alpha 2a is a protein similar to infection fighting proteins released by white blood cells. Ribavirin is a prodrug that resembles purine RNA nucleotides. Therefore, Ribavirin interferes with the RNA replication of the hcv. ...Read more

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What is the structure of avonex (interferon beta 1a)? What does it do in the body?

Response: Avonex, (interferon beta 1a) a minimally effective interferon, is intended to slow inflammatory cellular invasion of central nervous system in MS. An extremely poor choice these days in presence of 12 more effective drugs. Side effects such as general malaise, flu-like reactions, depression, thyroid issues, liver problems, fatigue and need to inject limit use. If you wish to view structure, visit Wikipedia. ...Read more

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Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma nhl.Treated with eletron beam.Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine.Nodules over body .?

Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma nhl.Treated with eletron beam.Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine.Nodules over body .?

There are: Several new therapies which have come to market in the us. Not sure about india. We also use extracorporeal photopheresis, but that requires a specific machine and a photochemical called uvadex (methoxsalen). ...Read more

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What food should I avoid while using interferon?

Food: I assume you are taking interferon for hepatitis c infection. There is really nothing special to avoid while using interferon. But make sure you are well hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Try to avoid any spicy food, since it can cause upset stomach (interferon can also cause upset stomach). Avoid alcohol completely. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: interferon?

Stimulating immunity: Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on what cells they activate. ...Read more

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What do alpha and beta interferons do?

Interferons: Used to treat several diseases, mainly multiple sclerosis, and hepatitis c, according to severity and degree of responsiveness,mainly they modulate the immune system ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more