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Mycoplasma arthritidis is the causative agent of severe polyarthritis in rats and mice, which resembles human rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Several mechanisms are involved in this disease. M. arthritidis releases substances acting on polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMNs), i.e. oxygen radical formation stimulating substances (500–3 000 daltons), a chemotactic(More)
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