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    Blocking cytokine function

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    Looks at the various ways in which pathogens can block the function of cytokines. Includes several specific examples.

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    The blocking of cytokine function is a mechanism most commonly employed by a variety of viruses. Some viruses, especially members of the Poxvirus family and cytomegalovirus, encode for soluble cytokine receptors called virokines. These virokines bind to cytokines within the host, preventing them from interacting with the true ...

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    The solution describes how some pathogens escape the immune system by blocking the function of cytokines.