Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


Compounds that stimulate interferon production in cells might have therapeutic effects against viruses that prevent the activation of interferon production. Our lab previously identified a compound as potential up-regulators of interferon production.. This project confirmed the effects of the compound and then analyzed the mechanism of interferon production using RT-PCR, bioassays, nanostring assays, and residual viral levels in vitro to determine the ability of the compounds to protect against viral infection. The results show that interferon production can be stimulated in a variety of cell lines (HEK293 cells, macrophages, dendritic cells, and fibroblast cells) and the protein RIG-I is necessary for interferon production by the compound.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2012


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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