Bacteria and human autoimmunity: the case of primary biliary cirrhosis

@article{Selmi2004BacteriaAH,
  title={Bacteria and human autoimmunity: the case of primary biliary cirrhosis},
  author={Carlo Francesco Selmi and Merrill Eric Gershwin},
  journal={Current Opinion in Rheumatology},
  year={2004},
  volume={16},
  pages={406-410}
}
Purpose of reviewPrimary biliary cirrhosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intrahepatic bile ducts that eventually leads to liver cirrhosis and organ failure, in which several observations suggest an autoimmune origin. Similarly to other autoimmune diseases, microbial mediated molecular mimicry is the most widely studied trigger that may break immunologic tolerance in primary biliary cirrhosis. Recent findingsThe hypothesis of a bacterial role in the cause of primary biliary cirrhosis… 
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