Thursday, 16 August 2012

Staph Infections Give Mice Lupus

The big news in lupus research at the moment is the discovery that chronic Staphylococcus aureus infections can cause lupus, or a lupus-like autoimmune condition in mice.

Mayo Clinic researchers have been studying the link and the next step is to see if the same thing happens in humans as in mice - to see if the infections are cause, or exacerbate, lupus in people who are genetically prone to it.

The long-term hope of this research is to be able to prevent or reduce lupus flares.


References:
Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/lupus-risk-staph-bacteria_n_1758258.html
Journal of Immunology http://www.jimmunol.org/content/189/4/2054.short
News-Medical.Net http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120809/Link-between-chronic-exposure-to-staph-bacteria-and-risk-of-lupus.aspx

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