Pathological lymphocyte activation by defective clearance of self-ligands in systemic lupus erythematosus.

@article{Yasutomo2003PathologicalLA,
  title={Pathological lymphocyte activation by defective clearance of self-ligands in systemic lupus erythematosus.},
  author={Koji Yasutomo},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2003},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={214-22}
}
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is one of the autoimmune diseases extensively studied by immunologists and physicians. The main focus regarding SLE pathophysiology has been placed on abnormal cell surface receptor function on lymphocytes. However, recent studies have revealed that defective clearance of apoptotic cells causes self-antigen accumulation, which could trigger the activation of autoreactive lymphocytes. Thus, here we review current findings about the association of the defective… CONTINUE READING