Autoimmunity and a Wily Virus: Is There a Link?
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.
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A fascinating and detailed look at this issue with possible implications for further exploration and research in Autism.
Brimberg L, Sadiq A, Gregersen PK, Diamond B.
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