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Discovery could be used to prevent viral infection and autoimmunity

November 27, 2018

The team found that chemical changes at certain sites on messenger RNA (mRNA) regulate the production of interferon beta, a protein involved in inflammation and the activation of immune cells that kill viral particles.

As reported in the journal Genes and Development, the study revealed how two enzymes influence production of IFN-beta by determining whether a methyl group is attached to a certain position on adenosine, a nucleotide in the mRNA code.

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