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HLA-B27 AND MODIFIED BONE FORMATION

Authors
Journal
The Lancet
0140-6736
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
307
Issue
7953
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(76)91344-1
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Of the many associations between histocompatibility antigens and human diseases a prominent one is that between HLA-B27 and inflammatory arthropathies. Hypotheses to explain this association include the B27 gene being linked to a specific immune-response gene required for disease expression and the B27 antigen acting via molecular mimicry with a microorganism or as a microorganism receptor. Alternatively, the HLA-B27 gene might be closely related to a gene which influences bone formation. The finding of a significant association between B27 and Forestier's disease, a disease characterised by abundant new bone formation, supports such a hypothesis.

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