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Microbes Infect. 2002 May;4(6):647-55.

Mechanisms of inhibition of the host interferon alpha/beta-mediated antiviral responses by viruses.

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Department of Microbiology, Box 1124, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1 Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, USA.


Complex multicellular organisms have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to prevent and control infection by pathogens. Among these mechanisms, the type I interferon or interferon alpha/beta system represents one of the first lines of defense against viral infections. Typically, viral infection induces the synthesis and secretion of interferon alpha/beta by the infected cell, which in turn activates signaling pathways leading to an antiviral state. As a counter measure, many viruses have developed intriguing mechanisms to evade the interferon alpha/beta system of the host. In this review, we will summarize recent research developments in this interesting field of virus-host cell interactions.

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