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T-helper cells - interferones

  1. Jul 29, 2011 #1
    HIV completes the life cycle and finally causes the breaks down the T helper cells. During this process, are the T helper cells capable of producing interferon? Just curious. Tried to do some research, but couldn't understand what I read. So, kindly explain in a simplified language.
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2011 #2

    Ryan_m_b

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    I believe they can yes, but interferon is not the magic bullet that scientists once hoped it was. If I remember correctly when interferon was first discovered there was great hope that it could be synthesised and administered as an anti-viral panacea but unfortunately that is not the case. Interferon efficacy is not perfect and tenacious viruses like HIV are able to survive.
     
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