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interferon elaborated by fibroblasts and microphages in response to the same stimuli as interferon alpha; only one gene codes for this interferon.
Synonym(s): fibroblast interferon
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See beta interferon.
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interferon betaFibroblast interferon IFN-β A 20 kD anti-viral protein with 30% 'homology' with IFN alpha, encoded on chromosome 9, produced by fibroblasts in response to viruses or polyribonucleotides
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interferon betaA INTERFERON used as a drug to reduce the severity, and frequency of relapses, of MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. Unfortunately, there is little clear evidence that this interferon can affect the long-term outcome. In addition, it may cause an influenza-like effect for several months after starting treatment. Brand names are Avonex and Betaferon.
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in·ter·fer·on be·ta(intĕr-fēron bātă)
Interferon elaborated by fibroblasts and microphages.
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