Monday, February 06, 2017

Protozoan Parasites and Type I IFNs

2017 Jan 19;8:14. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.00014. eCollection 2017.

For many years, the role of interferon (IFN)-I has been characterized primarily in the context of viral infections. However, regulatory functions mediated by IFN-I have also been described against bacterial infections and in tumor immunology. Only recently, the interest in understanding the immune functions mediated by IFN-I has dramatically increased in the field of protozoan infections. In this review, we discuss the discrete role of IFN-I in the immune response against major protozoan infections: Plasmodium, Leishmania, Trypanosoma, and Toxoplasma.


IFN-I; Leishmania; Plasmodium; Toxoplasma; Trypanosoma; protozoan infections

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