A Small Fraction of Cells Communicates the Maximal Interferon Sensitivity to a Population

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  • Cloned L cells were shown to be very heterogeneous in their time and dose-responses to mouse interferon. Sensitive cells transferred interferon-induced viral resistance to less sensitive cells making them equally sensitive. A small fraction of cells was found to determine the overall response of the “parental” L-cell population. Based on these findings a new mechanism of interferon action on cells not in contact with interferon was proposed. The implications of this proposal to polypeptide hormone action are discussed. © 1979, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.
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  • Blalock JE
  • Start Page

  • 80
  • End Page

  • 84
  • Volume

  • 162
  • Issue

  • 1