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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:41:04 AM
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Interferons enhance the immune response by stimulating the activity of immune cells and rendering virus-infected cells more susceptible to the responses of the immune system.
What does "activity" exactly mean in the given context?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:51:31 AM

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Hi Jigneshbharati.
This is definitely not my 'speciality' - I last studied biology fifty years ago.

I understand "activity" to mean "the state or quality of being active".

I understand the sentence to be saying that the cells which are immune to the virus are made 'more active, energetic and lively' by interferons.
Infected cells are made weaker by interferons.

So the immune system's work is more effective - infected cells are more quickly killed and immune cells are not affected.


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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 7:56:24 AM
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