Molecular mimicry revisited: gut bacteria and multiple sclerosis.

  • Fred Westall
  • Published 2006 in Journal of clinical microbiology

Abstract

Molecular mimicry is a possible explanation for autoimmune side effects of microorganism infections. Protein sequences from a particular microorganism are compared to known autoimmune immunogens. For diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), where the infectious agent is unknown, guesses to its identity are made. Mimics are assumed to be rare. This study… (More)

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