interferon beta

noun

Examples of interferon beta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three cell-signaling molecules—tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin 6 and interferon beta—stood out in long COVID patients. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023 UT Southwestern is also studying Synairgen’s interferon beta therapy, an inhaled antiviral protein, through the ACTIV-2 trial. Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2022 The cells began to produce a protein called interferon beta, which caused the cells to die, and fast. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2012 The net result, as is the case with suppression mediated by Nsp6 and Nsp13, is less production of interferon beta. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Britain on Tuesday began a large-scale trial of a new COVID-19 treatment in which patients inhale aerosolized interferon beta proteins into the lungs with a nebulizer. TheWeek, 13 Jan. 2021 The body produces interferon beta to fight off viral infections, but the new coronavirus appears to suppress production of the proteins as part of its mechanism to evade patients' immune responses, BBC News reports. TheWeek, 13 Jan. 2021 Synairgen hopes a direct shot of aerosolized interferon beta straight to the lungs will provoke a strong anti-viral response. TheWeek, 13 Jan. 2021 The other three are chloroquine; a combination of lopinavir and ritonavir; and a combination of lopinavir, ritonavir, and interferon beta. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interferon beta was in 1981

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“Interferon beta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interferon%20beta. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

interferon beta

noun
: beta interferon
Derived from genetically modified hamster cells, the drug is identical to the human body's own interferon beta, which acts to suppress wayward immune responses.Scientific American
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