ALLERGY LINKED WITH AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

A new analysis identifies a connection between allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and autoimmune diseases.

“Our study implies that allergic and inflammatory diseases may actually trigger autoimmune diseases by relaxing the controls that normally eliminate newly produced, self-reactive B cells. This is important because many autoimmune diseases are caused by self-reactive antibodies produced by such B cells” notes lead researcher, Dr. David Rawlings.

Source:
Nature Immunology – April 1, 2007;Epub.
www.nature.com

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