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Interleukin 29

Interleukin 29
Symbol IL29
Alt. Symbols , IFNL1
Entrez 282618
HUGO 18363
OMIM 607403
RefSeq NM_172140
UniProt Q8IU54
Other data
Locus Chr. 19 q13.13

Interleukin-29 (IL-29) is a protein of the helical cytokine family and is a type III interferon.[1] It is also known as IFNλ1 and is highly similar in amino acid sequence to the IL-28, the other type III interferon.

IL-29 plays an important role in host defenses against microbes and its gene is highly upregulated in cells infected with viruses.

The IL-29 gene is found on chromosome 19 in humans.[2]


  1. ^ Vilcek, Novel interferons. Nature Immunology, 2003, Volume 4, pages 8-9
  2. ^ P. Sheppard, et al., IL-28, IL-29 and their class II cytokine receptor IL-28R. Nature Immunology, 2003, Volume 4, pages 63-68.

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