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Effects of infectious mononucleosis and HLA-DRB1*15 in multiple sclerosis

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
source: Mult Scler. 2009 Jan 19 [Epub ahead of print]

authors: Nielsen T, Rostgaard K, Askling J, Steffensen R, Oturai A, Jersild C, Koch-Henriksen N, Sørensen P, Hjalgrim H

Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark.

summary: The cause of MS is not known but many factors are implicated including genes and possibly viruses. The authors investigated the relationship between a specific gene, Epstein-Barr virus and MS. They found that people with this gene who also had had an Epstein-Barr virus infection may be more susceptible to MS.

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