Interleukin-18 inhibits hepatitis B virus replication in the livers of transgenic mice.

Interleukin-18 (IL-18) produced by activated antigen-presenting cells stimulates natural killer (NK) cells, natural killer T (NKT) cells, and T cells to secrete gamma interferon (IFN-gamma). In this study, injection of a single 10- micro g dose of recombinant murine IL-18 rapidly, reversibly, and noncytopathically inhibited hepatitis B virus (HBV… CONTINUE READING