SJL and NOD macrophages are uniquely characterized by genetically programmed, elevated expression of the IL-12(p40) gene, suggesting a conserved pathway for the induction of organ-specific autoimmunity.

@article{Alleva2001SJLAN,
  title={SJL and NOD macrophages are uniquely characterized by genetically programmed, elevated expression of the IL-12(p40) gene, suggesting a conserved pathway for the induction of organ-specific autoimmunity.},
  author={David G. Alleva and Eric B. Johnson and Jap Wilson and David I. Beller and Paul J. Conlon},
  journal={Journal of leukocyte biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={69 3},
  pages={
          440-8
        }
}
Genetic susceptibility of the SJL mouse to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) appears, in part, to be a result of genes that promote abnormal development of the pathogenic Type 1 (Th1) phenotype of neuroantigen-specific T-cells. Because antigen-presenting/accessory cells (APCs) produce cytokines that can modulate the development of Th1 and Th2 phenotypes, we addressed whether APCs from SJL mice were genetically programmed for elevated expression of the Th1-promoting cytokine, IL-12… CONTINUE READING

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