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There has been a marked increase in the incidence of autoimmune diseases in the last half-century. While the underlying genetic basis of this class of diseases has recently been elucidated implicating predominantly immune response genes1, changes in environmental factors must ultimately be driving this increase. The newly identified population of interleukin (IL)-17 producing CD4+ helper T …

What are Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmunity is the flaw in a functional division of the immune system called self-tolerance, which results in immune responses against the body’s own cells and tissues. Any disease that results from this type of response is called autoimmune disease. Famous examples include type 1 diabetes mellitus, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease …