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Genetic risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus identified

A collaboration between the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and other organizations, including UC Davis Health System, has identified a genetic variation that increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has broad implications for understanding the genetic variations that predispose toward autoimmune disease, and providing insight into critical steps that determine abnormal T-cell responses, said Michael Seldin, chair of the Rowe Program in Genetics and a professor in the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, who assisted in both the design and analysis of the study. The work is an outgrowth of previous collaborations conducted by the North American Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium of which Seldin is a founding investigator.

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