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Can mold cause MECFS by tricking the immune system to attack HERV's ?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by cigana, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. cigana

    cigana Senior Member

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    I thought this idea was too good for it to get buried in another thread, so here's a new one I hope people could comment on.

    @natasa778 found this evidence that a protein associated with the mold Aspergillus Niger is theoretically similar to the HERV-W envelope protein. In principle couldn't that cause an auto-immune reaction against the HERV? Perhaps there are other similarities we haven't yet identified between other molds and other HERVs.

    In response to @Dufresne I mentioned why I think mold is involved in MECFS outbreaks:

    @Valentijn had this to say about the reliability of the Uniprot database:


    This study
    might be relevant, showing HERV proteins cause neuroinflammation.
     
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    acer2000 Senior Member

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    I think this finding, if true is quite interesting. Is there more info or more research being done on this?
     
  3. cigana

    cigana Senior Member

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    I don't think there is any research being done on this. I guess it would be up to us to try to inform researchers of the possibility...
     

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