Interferons play a vital role in the natural response on viral infection. In particular, type I interferon (IFN-I) is the focus of interest in the development of new therapeutic approaches for example in the fields of immunology, tumor diseases, multiple sclerosis and sepsis. </p> <strong>Technology</strong><br> Two novel transgenic mice have been developed, the IFNAR knock-out mouse (IFNARKO) and the conditional IFNAR mouse (IFNARCOND), both congenic on the C57BL/6 background, the mouse type from which most of the tumors used in tumor models are isolated. The IFNARKO mouse carries an ubiquitous deletion of the interferon type I receptor (IFNAR) allowing investigations into the role of IFNAR in every tissue and every stage of development. The conditional IFNAR-mouse allows the potential IFNAR inactivation by an adequate stimulus in a specific tissue or cell type. By this, the function of the IFN-I system can be investigated in its spatial and temporal dimensions for the first time by targeted time- and/or site-controlled IFNAR inactivation.<br><br>
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