Cell death: a trigger of autoimmunity?
SourceBioessays, 22, 7, (2000), pp. 627-36
Article / Letter to editor
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Paediatrics - OUD tm 2017
Systemic autoimmune diseases are characterized by the production of antibodies against a broad range of self-antigens. Recent evidence indicates that the majority of these autoantigens are modified in various ways during cell death. This has led to the hypothesis that the primary immune response in the development of autoimmunity is directed to components of the dying cell. In this article, we summarize data on the modification of autoantigens during cell death and the possible consequences of this for autoimmunity.
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