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.

Huffington Post
Journal of Immunology

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