Interferons in Cancer Therapy: From Clinical Trials to New Potentials in Anticancer Drug Discovery and Development

  • Gerhard G. Steinmann
  • Gunther R. Adolf
  • Gerhard Leitz
Part of the Developments in Oncology book series (DION, volume 74)


Interferons are naturally occurring proteins and share antiviral, immunomodulatory, and antiproliferative properties. They can be subdivided into 2 classes according to their acid stability. The first class which is acid-proof consists of 3 families; alpha, beta, and omega. The second class consists of interferon gamma which is not acid-proof (Table 1). Since the discovery and naming of Interferon by Isaacs and Lindenmann in 1957, Boehringer Ingelheim has for three decades now been a part of the world-wide interferon research, involving virology, immunology, cell biology, molecular genetics, biotechnological production, as well as experimental and clinical oncology. In the last few years, interferons have come of age and have found a respectable position among the most prominent new drugs.


Interferon Alpha Hairy Cell Leukemia Hairy Cell Interferon Alfa Human Interferon 
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  • Gerhard G. Steinmann
  • Gunther R. Adolf
  • Gerhard Leitz

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