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Scleroderma is a condition of variable phenotype characterised by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. There is a range of disease-specific autoantibodies found in the sera of patients. The aims of this study were to: (1) investigate the role of the MHC and particularly HLA-DP in the production of autoantibodies; (2) investigate clinical associations(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). To investigate the role of TGF-beta1 gene polymorphisms in SSc, we genotyped six biallelic polymorphic positions (position -988, -800, and -509; and codons 10, 25, and 263) in 61 Korean SSc patients and in 148 healthy controls, using(More)
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