Agent Name

Interferons

CAS Number

9008-11-1

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Interferon alpha, human; Interferon alpha, recombinant; Interferon alpha2, human; Interferon beta, human recombinant; Interferon, chick; Interferon, endogenous; Interferon, human lymphoblastoid; Interferon, human, alfa; Interferon, human, alpha; Interferon, lymphoblastoid; Interferon, mouse; Interferon, rabbit; Interferons; Interferonum [INN-Latin]; Plaferon; [ChemIDplus] IFN; [Merck Index]

Category

Proteins

Sources/Uses

A group of proteins involved in resistance to viral infections: alpha (antiviral and antineoplastic), beta (antiviral and immunomodulator), and gamma (immunomodulator); [Merck Index] "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 defences of the immune system that eradicate pathogens or tumors." [Wikipedia]

Comments

Abortifacient effects, teratogenicity, and adverse effects to the male reproductive system observed in experimental animals at high doses; [REPROTOX]

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