Primary biliary cholangitis: a comprehensive overview.

  title={Primary biliary cholangitis: a comprehensive overview.},
  author={Ana Lleo and Simona Marzorati and Juan-Manuel Anaya and M Eric Gershwin},
  journal={Hepatology international},
  volume={11 6},
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is an autoimmune liver disease characterized by biliary destruction, progressive cholestasis, and potentially liver cirrhosis. Patients develop a well-orchestrated immune reaction, both innate and adaptive, against mitochondrial antigens that specifically targets intrahepatic biliary cells. A puzzling feature of PBC is that the immune attack is predominantly organ specific, although the mitochondrial autoantigens are found in all nucleated cells. The disease… CONTINUE READING
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