Navigation Links
Oral interferon may prevent and control avian influenza virus infection
Date:7/28/2011

New Rochelle, NY, July 28, 2011Avian influenza virus is a threat to the commercial chicken industry and, with its recent rapid spread across China, has also shown the ability for transmission from chickens to humans and other mammals. In an article in Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Chinese researchers report that oral chicken interferon-alpha may significantly reduce influenza virus levels when given either preventively or therapeutically. The article is available free online at www.liebertpub.com/jir

Chickens can serve as a reservoir for epidemic avian viruses such as avian influenza virus (AIV), which can then be transmitted to mammals such as humans. AIV causes mild to severe respiratory illness in chickens. Interferon-alpha is a cytokine, a chemical produced by immune cells that has a role in inducing antiviral immunity.

Shanshan Meng and colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, and Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jinan, People's Republic of China, present the results of a study in which healthy chicks 7 or 33 days old were given chicken interferon-alpha either before or after exposure to AIV. The level of virus in their respiratory tracts was then measured and compared. The authors report their findings in the article "Recombinant Chicken Interferon-α Inhibits H9N2 Avian Influenza Virus Replication In Vivo by Oral Administration."

"The poultry industry is vulnerable to infection of the birds by pathogenic viruses such as avian influenza virus. This study shows that interferon can be used for both treating the infected chickens as well as protecting the neighboring uninfected ones; moreover oral administration, which is convenient and inexpensive, is effective," says Ganes C. Sen, PhD, Chairman, Department of Molecular Genetics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Co-Editor in Chief of Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research.


'/>"/>

Contact: Vicki Cohn
vcohn@liebertpub.com
914-740-2100
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Gamma interferon a wake-up call for stem cell response to infection
2. Interfering with a double-edged sword: novel anti-inflammatory functions for interferons
3. Big picture of how interferon-induced genes launch antiviral defenses revealed
4. Duke team finds compounds that prevent nerve damage
5. Kazak apple research key to preventing blue mold
6. H. Pylori bacteria may help prevent some esophageal cancers
7. AACR hosts Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting
8. JDRF funded study links hygiene hypothesis to diabetes prevention
9. Anti-cancer drug prevents, reverses cardiovascular damage in mouse model of premature aging disorder
10. Statins may prevent miscarriages
11. Farmers can spot lame sheep, but fail to prevent footrot spread
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Oral interferon may prevent and control avian influenza virus infection
(Date:3/30/2017)... 2017  On April 6-7, 2017, Sequencing.com will host ... hackathon at Microsoft,s headquarters in Redmond, ... on developing health and wellness apps that provide a ... Genome is the first hackathon for personal genomics ... companies in the genomics, tech and health industries are ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... , March 28, 2017 ... Biometrics), Hardware (Camera, Monitors, Servers, Storage Devices), Software (Video ... and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", published by ... in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 75.64 ... 2017 and 2022. The base year considered for the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 The report "Gesture Recognition and ... Industry, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market ... CAGR of 29.63% between 2017 and 2022. Continue ... ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/16/2017)... ... May 16, 2017 , ... ... availability of its new ProxiMeta™ Hi-C metagenomic deconvolution service. ProxiMeta enables researchers ... or high-molecular-weight DNA extraction—speeding research insights at lower cost. , “We’re very ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... Village, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 16, 2017 ... ... personalized medicine technology and cancer diagnostics, has released its ClearID Lung Cancer blood ... altered in lung cancer, this new test is designed to quickly and accurately ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... ... (PRWEB) May 16, 2017 , ... ... Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS), long-standing development partners Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, ... interbody spine surgery workshop to help expand knowledge of the implantation of ...
(Date:5/15/2017)... ... May 15, 2017 , ... Tunnell Consulting announced that ... “The Key Role of Specifications in Process Validation,” at the Process Validation Summit ... will bring together leaders from the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to explore processes, strategies ...
Breaking Biology Technology: