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Autoimmunity and a Wily Virus: Is There a Link?

January 14, 2014

A common viral infection and its subsequent immunologic machinations and manifestations may help explain why, in some individuals, the immune system turns against itself in the potentially devastating process of autoimmunity.

It's long been suspected that viral infections may serve as the trigger for autoimmune disease, and a potential link between autoimmunity and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was first proposed in The Lancet in 1971, following the observation that patients with systemic lupus erythematosus had increased levels of antibodies to this virus.

But EBV, also known as human herpesvirus 4, is near-ubiquitous, being present in some 90% to 95% of adults following initial infection via the oral and nasal epithelial tissues and residing in a lifelong latent state in B cells.

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Source: MedPage Today


Autoimmunity and a Wily Virus: Is There a Link?

January 14, 2014

A common viral infection and its subsequent immunologic machinations and manifestations may help explain why, in some individuals, the immune system turns against itself in the potentially devastating process of autoimmunity.

It's long been suspected that viral infections may serve as the trigger for autoimmune disease, and a potential link between autoimmunity and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was first proposed in The Lancet in 1971, following the observation that patients with systemic lupus erythematosus had increased levels of antibodies to this virus.

But EBV, also known as human herpesvirus 4, is near-ubiquitous, being present in some 90% to 95% of adults following initial infection via the oral and nasal epithelial tissues and residing in a lifelong latent state in B cells.

***

Click here to read full article.

Source: MedPage Today



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