Activate Now
ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Misdiagnosis on a grand scale?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome: An infectious disease

Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

Are All the "Feel-Good" Pathways Blocked in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Mitchondrial Disorders: A Comparison Plus the MitoQ Trial...

5 Things I've Learned About Chronic Illness Through Mindfulness

An assessment of fatigue in patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

Increased Vulnerability to Pattern-Related Visual Stress in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Maintenance of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in Young CFS Patients Is Associated with the 5-HTTLPR ...

NIH takes action to bolster research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Print Page
Email Article

Scientists Find That Interferons Induce Persistent Viral Infection

  [ 6 votes ]   [ 1 Comment ] • April 19, 2013

Editor's Comment: Type I interferons, also known as alpha and beta interferon, are upregulated during viral infections. It has long been thought that Type I interferons are powerful antiviral agents. However, this study reveals that Type I interferons actually perpetuate chronic viral infections by suppressing effective antiviral immune reponses. By blocking Type I interferons, the researchers found that although circulating virus was higher for the first few days of infection, it was cleared much faster, preventing the infection from becoming chronic. Dr. Paul Cheney observed many years ago that patients with CFS have high levels of alpha interferon. For a more in-depth discussion of this significant finding, please read the article in Science Daily.

Persistent LCMV Infection Is Controlled by Blockade of Type I Interferon Signaling

By John R. Teijaro et al.


During persistent viral infections, chronic immune activation, negative immune regulator expression, an elevated interferon signature, and lymphoid tissue destruction correlate with disease progression. We demonstrated that blockade of type I interferon (IFN-I) signaling using an IFN-I receptor neutralizing antibody reduced immune system activation, decreased expression of negative immune regulatory molecules, and restored lymphoid architecture in mice persistently infected with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. IFN-I blockade before and after establishment of persistent virus infection resulted in enhanced virus clearance and was CD4 T cell–dependent. Hence, we demonstrate a direct causal link between IFN-I signaling, immune activation, negative immune regulator expression, lymphoid tissue disorganization, and virus persistence. Our results suggest that therapies targeting IFN-I may help control persistent virus infections.

Source: Science 12 April 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6129 pp. 207-211 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235214. John R. Teijaro1, Cherie Ng, Andrew M. Lee, Brian M. Sullivan, Kathleen C. F. Sheehan, Megan Welch, Robert D. Schreiber, Juan Carlos de la Torre, Michael B. A. Oldstone

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
MitoQ® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® B-12 Extreme™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products

Article Comments Post a Comment

In addition
Posted by: IanH
Apr 19, 2013
Compounding this is the Type II IFN, IFN-gamma.
IFN-gamma potentiates the type-I interferons but when it is persistently elevated itself it depolarizes the mitochondrial membrane causing energetics problems of the sort we see in many neuro-immune diseases, autism and ME/CFS included.
Reply Reply
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

Featured Products

Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria

Natural Remedies

Green Coffee Extract: Unique Obesity Intervention Green Coffee Extract: Unique Obesity Intervention
Could a B-12 Deficiency Be Causing Your Symptoms? Could a B-12 Deficiency Be Causing Your Symptoms?
Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker
Clinically Studied Joint Relief Product for FM & ME/CFS Clinically Studied Joint Relief Product for FM & ME/CFS
Undenatured Type II Collagen - Chicken Soup for Your Joints Undenatured Type II Collagen - Chicken Soup for Your Joints

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia Treatments
Fibromyalgia Diet
Fibromyalgia Medications
M.E. & CFS
What is M.E./CFS?
M.E./CFS Diagnosis
M.E./CFS Symptoms
M.E./CFS Causes
M.E./CFS Treatments
M.E./CFS Diet
M.E./CFS Medications
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Lyme Disease Causes
Lyme Disease Treatments
Lyme Disease Diet
Lyme Disease Medications
M.E. & CFS
Lyme Disease
General Health
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing