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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 38

of 'Pathogenesis of Sjögren's syndrome'

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Autoimmunity and coxsackievirus infection in primary Sjogren's syndrome.
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Triantafyllopoulou A, Moutsopoulos HM
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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005;1050:389.
 
Exocrine gland epithelial cells are the target of autoimmune pathology in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). Their activated phenotype has incited the notion that they are infected by a virus. We recently presented evidence that coxsackieviruses may persistently infect the salivary glands of pSS patients. We hypothesize that coxsackieviruses may play a permissive role for the perpetuation and possibly the induction of autoimmune disease in pSS.
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Department of Pathophysiology, National University of Athens Medical School, M. Asias 75, Goudi, Athens 11527, Greece.
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