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glossary:autoimmune [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||Pertaining to autoimmunity, a misdirected [[immune response]] that occurs when the [[immune system]] goes awry and attacks the body itself. |
|+||Autoimmunity is present to some extent in everyone and is usually harmless. However, autoimmunity can cause a broad range of human illnesses, known collectively as autoimmune [[disease]]s. Autoimmune diseases occur when there is progression from benign autoimmunity to pathogenic autoimmunity. This progression is determined by [[genetic]] influences as well as environmental triggers. |
|+||Autoimmunity is evidenced by the presence of autoantibodies ([[antibodies]] directed against the person who produced them) and T cells that are reactive with host antigens.|
|+||Common Misspellings: autoemmune, autoimune, autoinmune |