Sources and signals regulating type I interferon production: lessons learned from cytomegalovirus.

Type I interferons (IFN-αβ) are pleiotropic cytokines critical for antiviral host defense, and the timing and magnitude of their production involve a complex interplay between host and pathogen factors. Mouse cytomegalovirus (a β-herpesvirus) is a persistent virus that induces a biphasic IFN-αβ response during the first days of infection. The cell types and… (More)