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Autoimmunity, Anti Virals and herpes viruses

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by user9876, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. user9876

    user9876 Senior Member

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    There seem to be theories of ME being a viral infection hence treatment with anti virals along with theories that it is an auto immune disease leading to treatment with rituximab. I was wondering if there was some relationship between autoimmunity and viral action and hence antivirals.

    I found this paper that seems to relate these concepts - hence I thought it might be of interest.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1065340/
    Not comming from a biological background I'm not convinced I understand the paper but as I see it what they are saying is that were someone has an auto immune disease this will attract B/T cells to the site being attacked. Some of these may contain a herpes type virus, this could lead to the virus becomming active at that site hence causing a relapse. Therefore they suggest the use of anti-virals (partiularly where patients are on immune suppressants). There seem to have been a number of interesting mouse experiments refered to in the paper.
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