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Scientists have discovered a gene that could contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes and systemic lupus erythematosus. A mutation in the gene can cause it to alter certain immune cells (called T-cells) of the body, making them attack normal tissues. Autoimmune diseases are conditions where the immune system identifies certain cells of the body to be abnormal and mounts an attack response to them, in diabetes type 1, the response is to the pancreas, in lupus, it is many tissues. This research will pave the way to the identification of other gene mutations causing autoimmune diseases, and should facilitate the development of appropriate medications.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medical Research News
About: Gene mutation identified in autoimmune conditions
Date: 30 May 2005
Source: Medical Research News
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