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Abstract: Do vasoactive neuropeptides and heat shock proteins mediate fatigue-related autoimmune disorders?

  [ 50 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • December 28, 2004

Med Hypotheses. 2005;64(3):539-42. Staines DR. Gold Coast Public Health Unit, 10-12 Young Street, Southport 4215, Qld, Australia. Autoimmune dysfunction of certain vasoactive neuropeptides may be implicated in a range of disorders associated with fatigue like states (chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War syndrome) and even sudden infant death syndrome. These substances have neurotrophic, neuroregulatory, and neurotransmission functions, as well as that of immune modulators and hormones. They exert significant control over carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. The hypothesis is that because these substances have vital and indispensable roles in cellular processes, loss or compromise of these roles would lead to predictable and severe cellular and systemic effects. The important roles of certain VNs make them a vulnerable target for autoimmune dysfunction. They are known to be associated with heat shock proteins for intracellular functioning with which they may form immunostimulating complexes. While peptide-HSP complexes are a relatively new area for research, this paper asserts that attention could be focused on these substances and complexes in an effort to elucidate a number of perplexing fatigue-associated disorders. PMID: 15617862 [PubMed - in process]

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