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January 7, 2009

Male (NZW x BXSB)F1 mice develop antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and proliferative glomerulonephritis that is markedly accelerated by the Yaa locus encoding an extra copy of Tlr7. Female (NZW x
BXSB)F1 mice with only 1 active copy of Tlr7 develop late-onset glomerulonephritis but not APS. Because a major function of Toll-like receptor 7 is to induce type I interferons (IFNs), our goal was to determine whether IFN can induce or accelerate the manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in female (NZW x BXSB)F1 mice.


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