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IFN-α can both protect against and promote the development of Type 1 diabetes

Wong, F. Susan and Wen, Li 2008. IFN-α can both protect against and promote the development of Type 1 diabetes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1150 (1) , pp. 187-189. 10.1196/annals.1447.031

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Abstract

Viral infection has been hypothesized to be one of the environmental triggers for the development of type 1 diabetes. Infection induces a large amount of interferon-α (IFN-α) produced by dendritic cells and other cells. To test the role of IFN-α in the development of diabetes, we have used three different experimental approaches in both diabetes- prone and -resistant animal models for type 1 diabetes. Our results suggested that a viral mimic or IFN-α can either suppress or promote the development of autoimmune diabetes, depending on the model system. It is likely that IFN-α plays a complex role in the etiology of type 1 diabetes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0077-8923
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 13:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105283

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