Interferon: Role in health, current trends and therapeutic potentials

  • Ikenna Kingsley Uchendu Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
  • Nkiruka Peace Ojiako Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria


This mini review presents the current trends and topical issues on interferon. This article illustrates the theoretical background and details about interferon, its mechanism of action or roles in the prevention of microbial- or pathogenic disease progression, types and classes, and their therapeutic potentials. All the reported applications have shown that interferon has found its application in gene manipulation and expression of gene products; immunological techniques, viral disease treatment and in the treatment of cancers.

Keywords: Interferon, cancers, cancer therapy, viral infection, viral disease treatment.

Keywords: Interferon, cancers, cancer therapy, viral infection


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Author Biographies

Ikenna Kingsley Uchendu, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria

Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria

Nkiruka Peace Ojiako, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria

Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria


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Uchendu IK, Ojiako NP. Interferon: Role in health, current trends and therapeutic potentials. JDDT [Internet]. 15May2020 [cited 1Jun.2020];10(3):227-30. Available from: