New insights into the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy: possible underlying autoimmune mechanisms and therapy.

Abstract

In the present study, autoimmune processes involved in the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) are discussed. Genetic predisposition, persistent viral infection, and molecular mimicry have previously been described as the underlying mechanisms of the disease, and prevalence of autoantibodies (AABs) against several intra- and extracellular… (More)

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