Chapter I – The Mechanism of Toxicity in Viral Diseases
The toxicity associated with viral diseases is somewhat similar to the autoimmune disease at least in some of the basic cytokine toxicity. That is, the substances called interleukins are elevated, including IL1b, (for fever), IL2, IL6, TNFa (Tumor Necrosing Factor) and of course antibodies like in autoimmune diseases. The difference is in that the antibodies are not directed against the surface of a tissue, cell or membrane that is native to the host, but rather against an antigen (foreign protein) that is from the virus itself.
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