Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents vol:1 issue:1 pages:9-22
MS may be caused by an as yet unidentified virus whose life-long persistence in the body may deregulate the immune system so as to make it react against central nervous system tissue. Interferon are endogenous, hormone-like proteins with antiviral and immunomodulatory properties. This paper analyses current knowledge on the production and action of these proteins in the perspective of their possible involvement in the pathogenesis of MS. It also reviews observations made sofar on interferon production and action in MS patients.