Genetic factors modify the risk of developing beryllium disease.


Chronic beryllium disease (CBD) is a debilitating, granulomatous lung disease that occurs in 1 to 5% of exposed workers. Beryllium stimulates a major histocompatibility Class II-restricted, TH1, CD4+ T cell-mediated immune response. The immunological component of the illness, coupled with the small subset of beryllium workers who develop disease, led… (More)


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