Human interferon production: superinduction by 5,6-dichloro-1-beta-D-ribofuranosylbenzimidazole

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Science  17 Oct 1975:
Vol. 190, Issue 4211, pp. 282-284
DOI: 10.1126/science.1179208


Polyinosinic.polycytidylic acid [poly(I.C)] induced production of interferon by a strain of diploid human fibroblasts (FS-4), measured between 5 and 24 hours from induction, is enhanced up to 128-fold by 5,6-dichloro-1-beta-D-ribofuranosylbenzimidazole (DRB), a reversible inhibitor of nuclear heterogeneous RNA synthesis. A normalized dose-effect plot shows a close correlation between the superinducing effect of DRB and inhibition of RNA synthesis. Cultures that contained DRB continue to produce interferon for up to 4 days. Removal of the drug at any time during this period leads to a prompt shutoff of interferon production.