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Chronic GVHD as an autoimmune disease

Tyndall, A. and Dazzi, F.. (2008) Chronic GVHD as an autoimmune disease. Best practice & research. Clinical haematology, Vol. 21, H. 2. pp. 281-289.

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Abstract

Many of the clinical, histological and serological manifestations of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) resemble autoimmune disease (AD), and although the differences are significant, they may be more semantic than biological. Indeed, studies suggest that some ADs may represent a fetal-versus-maternal chronic GVHD. Both conditions involve dysregulated immune responses resulting in tissue inflammation, damage, scarring and organ dysfunction, and both may be associated with a genetic predisposition. Epitope-specific autoaggressive phenomena such as immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) are often seen following allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HCT), implying a loss of specific tolerance to self structures. However, the more widespread manifestations of GVHD such as the well-known scleroderma-like symptoms differ in many fundamental respects from de-novo scleroderma, and other multisystem ADs such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Rheumatologie FPS (Tyndall)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Rheumatologie FPS (Tyndall)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Former Units at DBM > Rheumatologie FPS (Tyndall)
UniBasel Contributors:De Vere-Tyndall, Alan
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Baillière Tindall
ISSN:1521-6926
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal item
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