High seroprevalence of anti-HTLV-I antibody in rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={High seroprevalence of anti-HTLV-I antibody in rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Katsumi Eguchi and Tomoki Origuchi and Hiroshi Takashima and Kohkichi Iwata and Shigeru Katamine and Shigenobu Nagataki},
  journal={Arthritis and rheumatism},
  volume={39 3},
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between human T lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) infection and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Nagasaki, an area highly endemic for HTLV-I infection. METHODS Sera from 113 female patients with RA and 19,796 female blood donors were screened for anti-HTLV-I antibodies with a gelatin particle agglutination kit and confirmed using an immunoblotting kits. RESULTS The age-adjusted summary odds ratio of HTLV-I infection among RA patients, as compared with… CONTINUE READING

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