Abstract: Molecular mimicry of bacteria as a factor in bacterial pathogenicity

[Article in Polish] Witkowska D. Instytut Immunologii i Terapii Doswiadczalnej PAN, Wroclawiu. Postepy Hig Med Dosw 1999;53(4):545-59

Structural and functional homology between bacterial proteins and host antigens, called molecular mimicry, is considered as significant pathogenic factor involved in several autoimmune diseases. The most important examples of this phenomenon reviewed in this work, involve rheumatic fever, Graves’ disease, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s syndrome and rheumatic arthritis caused by infections with Streptococcus, Yersinia, Klebsiella, Escherichia coli, respectively.

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PMID: 10544658 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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