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Interferons are signaling proteins released by cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and cancerous cells.

Types of interferon[edit | edit source]

Interferon type I[edit | edit source]

Important in the immune response to Coxsackie B3

Interferon type II (IFN-γ)[edit | edit source]

Interferon type III[edit | edit source]

Clinical uses[edit | edit source]

Intravenous interferon therapy[edit | edit source]

Chronic fatigue syndrome[edit | edit source]

19 patients with Chronic fatigue syndrome treated were treated interferon-alpha (randomized to be treated immediately or at three-month follow up). At the end of the study, 3 patients completely recovered and two improved, for a total of four responders. 4 of the 5 responders but only 1 of the 15 nonresponders had detectible IgM antibodies to a Coxsackie B virus.[1]

Herbs[edit | edit source]

Several herbs may increase interferon including Tulsi.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brook, M. G.; Bannister, B. A.; Weir, W. R. C. (1993-09-01), "Interferon-α Therapy for Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Journal of Infectious Diseases, 168 (3): 791–792, doi:10.1093/infdis/168.3.791, ISSN 0022-1899, PMID 8354926, retrieved 2016-11-09 
  2. Mondal, Shankar; Varma, Saurabh; Bamola, Vishwa Deepak; Naik, Satya Narayan; Mirdha, Bijay Ranjan; Padhi, Madan Mohan; Mehta, Nalin; Mahapatra, Sushil Chandra (2011-07-14), "Double-blinded randomized controlled trial for immunomodulatory effects of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn.) leaf extract on healthy volunteers", Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 136 (3): 452–456, doi:10.1016/j.jep.2011.05.012, ISSN 1872-7573, PMID 21619917 

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