Molecular mimicry: any role in the pathogenesis of spondyloarthropathies?

Abstract

Ankylosing spondylitis and reactive arthritis are seronegative spondyloarthropathies, which are strongly associated with HLA-B27. Despite intensive investigation, the basis for this association is not clear. However, in recent years one favored hypothesis to explain this linkage has been that of molecular mimicry, i.e., sharing of linear or conformational… (More)

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