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One of the type I interferons produced by fibroblasts in response to stimulation by live or inactivated virus or by double-stranded RNA. It is a cytokine with antiviral, antiproliferative, and immunomodulating activity.

Synonyms: fibroblast interferon.

Pharmacological action: adjuvants, immunologic, antineoplastic agent, antiviral agents.

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

Abbreviation: IFN-b

(12 Dec 1998)