Structure-activity of type I interferons.


Type I IFNs constitute a family of proteins exhibiting high homology in primary, secondary, and tertiary structures. They interact with the same receptor and transmit signals to cellular nucleus through a similar mechanism, eliciting roughly homogeneous biological activity. Nevertheless, the members of that family, IFN alpha species, IFN beta and IFN omega, due to local differences in the structure sometime show distinct properties. From the reported data it results that even minute changes or differences in the primary sequences could be responsible for a significant variety of biological actions, thus inducing to the hypothesis that Type I IFNs, rather than to be the result of a redundant replication during the evolution play definite roles in the defense of living organisms to foreign agents.

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@article{Viscomi1997StructureactivityOT, title={Structure-activity of type I interferons.}, author={Giuseppe Claudio Viscomi}, journal={Biotherapy}, year={1997}, volume={10 1}, pages={59-86} }