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'Switch' to Boost Anti-Viral Response to Fight Infectious Diseases

(Science Daily) Singapore scientists … have for the first time, identified the molecular 'switch' that directly triggers the body's first line of defence against pathogens, more accurately known as the body's "innate immunity." The scientists found that this 'switch' called Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) when turned on, activates the production of interferons -- a potent class of virus killers that enables the body to fight harmful pathogens such as dengue and influenza viruses…
Said Professor Kong-Peng Lam …, "This study … brings us a step closer to understanding the mechanism of human diseases, and enables us to find more effective treatment strategies to combat deadly viral diseases, which we have yet to find cures for."
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