Tumour necrosis factor-alpha promoter polymorphisms in primary biliary cirrhosis.


BACKGROUND/AIMS The incidence of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is increased in the close relatives of patients, suggesting that genetic factors play a role in disease susceptibility. Decreased in vitro production of tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha has been reported in PBC patients, suggesting a potential aetiological role for this cytokine. The aim of… (More)