High efficiency targeting of IFN-α activity: possible applications in fighting tumours and infections

Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 2015 Apr;26(2):179-82. doi: 10.1016/j.cytogfr.2014.10.006. Epub 2014 Oct 31.


In this short review, we summarize how insights into the structure and dynamics of interferon-receptor complex assembly and activation guided the design of a novel class of engineered type I interferons that combine a largely lost potency on non-targeted cells with high activity on targeted cells. These novel interferons are expected to exhibit lower systemic toxicities compared to other interferon therapy modalities and could open avenues to revive these cytokines for the treatment of patients suffering of cancer and viral infections.

Keywords: Antibody; Immunocytokine; Interferon; Receptor.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Interferon-alpha / adverse effects
  • Interferon-alpha / genetics
  • Interferon-alpha / metabolism
  • Interferon-alpha / therapeutic use*
  • Molecular Targeted Therapy
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / immunology
  • Receptors, Interferon / genetics
  • Receptors, Interferon / metabolism
  • Recombinant Proteins / immunology
  • Recombinant Proteins / therapeutic use
  • Virus Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Virus Diseases / immunology


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Antiviral Agents
  • Interferon-alpha
  • Receptors, Interferon
  • Recombinant Proteins