interferon-alpha 2amedical dictionary


Interferon a (human leukocyte protein moiety reduced). A type I interferon consisting of 165 amino acid residues with lysine in position 23. This protein is produced by recombinant DNA technology and resembles interferon secreted by leukocytes. It is used extensively as an antiviral or antineoplastic agent.

Pharmacological action: antineoplastic agent, antiviral agents.

Chemical name: Interferon-alphaA (human leukocyte protein moiety reduced)

(12 Dec 1998)