Method of regulating appetite and efficiency of food utilization employing interferon
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The appetite of a warm-blooded vertebrate can be regulated by administering to the vertebrate a biological active fraction of interferon in an amount effective to modulate the vertebrate's food intake or efficiency in utilizing food. The appetite of a cow can be stimulated by the oral or intravenous administration of bovine fibroblast interferon or by interferon secreted nasally by the cow in response to inoculation with a vaccinal virus strain such as that of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus. The appetite of swine can be enhanced by oral administration of bovine fibroblast interferon.
Cummins, Joseph M. (1985). Method of regulating appetite and efficiency of food utilization employing interferon. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from