Interferon status after measles virus infection

S Afr Med J. 1988 Jun 18;73(12):711-2.


Peripheral blood leucocytes from patients who had recently had measles infection were examined for their ability to produce alpha- or gamma-interferon, their antiviral state and the level of E enzyme. These results were compared with peripheral blood leucocytes from healthy control subjects. The results show that while peripheral blood leucocytes from control patients produced alpha- and gamma-interferon, those from the measles patients produced only alpha-interferon. The peripheral blood leucocytes from all the measles patients were in an antiviral state whereas those from only 20% of the controls were in this state. Since gamma-interferon is mainly produced by T lymphocytes, the lack of gamma-interferon production by peripheral blood leucocytes from patients with measles correlates with previously reported depressed T-cell function in patients after measles infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Interferon Type I / blood*
  • Interferon-gamma / blood*
  • Leukocytes / analysis
  • Male
  • Measles / immunology*


  • Interferon Type I
  • Interferon-gamma