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Scientists identify interferon beta as likely culprit in persistent viral infections

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Bob, May 15, 2015.

  1. Bob

    Bob

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    Discussion about interferon beta acting as an immune suppressant rather than an immune stimulant, and the potential to inhibit it to treat persistent viral infections. In relation to ME, I guess it raises the question of whether we have an over active immune system or a suppressed immune system or both.


    Scientists identify interferon beta as likely culprit in persistent viral infections


    May 13, 2015
    Scripps Research Institute

    Read more:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150513124930.htm


    Research paper:
    Blockade of Interferon Beta, but Not Interferon Alpha, Signaling Controls Persistent Viral Infection.
    Ng CT et al.
    Cell Host & Microbe
    May 2015
    DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2015.04.005

     
    Last edited: May 15, 2015
  2. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

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    Did they only test this theory on the one type of viral infection? I would be very surprised if this applied widely to other viruses. There seems to be a lot of evidence that IFN-β is protective in enterovirus infections and can clear persistent infection.
     
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  3. lnester7

    lnester7 Seven

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    Mine have been low in every test (extremely low ) was the official result.
     

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