Type I interferons are interferons that signal via binding to the interferon-alfa receptor (which in turn signals via the JAK-STAT pathway), they are produced by a variety of different cells, in response to viral pathogens and certain other triggers; these cells include: leucocytes, fibroblasts and lymphoblasts.[1] They include interferon alfa and beta.[1] Type I IFNs are upregulated in a few autoimmune diseases, most notably systemic lupus erythematosus and hence drugs that inhibit their signalling are being investigated as possible treatments for these disorders.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Kilbourne, J; Case, JT; Cho, DS; Hui, C; Jarnot, M; Koroma, B; Pash, J; Powell, T; Schulman, JL; Sorden, N (2015). "Interferon Type I". Medical Subject Headings. Bethesda, USA: U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. Crow, MK; Olferiev, M; Kirou, KA (16 October 2014). "Targeting of type I interferon in systemic autoimmune diseases.". Translational Research. PMID 25468480. doi:10.1016/j.trsl.2014.10.005. 

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