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How do the interferons protect the body against viruses?
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Toxic to viruses
Interferons are directly toxic to viruses; i cannot comment on the exact mechanism, however.

In brief: Toxic to viruses
Interferons are directly toxic to viruses; i cannot comment on the exact mechanism, however.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Interferons
Interferons (ifns) are proteins made and released by host cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites or tumor cells.
They allow for communication between cells to trigger the protective defenses of the immune system that eradicate pathogens or tumors.

In brief: Interferons
Interferons (ifns) are proteins made and released by host cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites or tumor cells.
They allow for communication between cells to trigger the protective defenses of the immune system that eradicate pathogens or tumors.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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