Viral infections occur often and they can cause serious health problems. Despite the success of the current antiviral drugs and vaccines, new medication is necessary. In this dissertation, a series of experiments shows that specific drugs that can strengthen the immune system, are capable of protecting cells against viral infections. Here, particularly the substance interferon-beta turned out to play an important role. Moreover, it turned out that direct exposure of cells to interferon-beta led to long-term protection against a viral infection. These findings may be important for the future treatment of patients with an increased sensitivity to viral infections.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||29 Nov 2012|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
- viral infections
- health problems
- immunity stimulation