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Meixlsperger, S; Münz, C (2009). Morbus Crohn--a disease of failing macroautophagy in the immune system? International Immunology, 21(11):1205-1211.



Mutations in genes involved in macroautophagy have been found to be associated with Morbus Crohn, also called Crohn's disease (CD), an inflammatory bowel disease. Taking this disease as an example for pathogenesis due to altered macroautophagy, we discuss here how macroautophagy supports innate and adaptive immunity. This support ranges from maintenance of components of the immune system, antigen processing for presentation to the immune system, to education of the immune system in order to distinguish self from dangerous non-self. A better understanding of these mechanisms should allow us not only to develop therapeutical strategies for CD but also to utilize macroautophagy for enhanced immunity against pathogens and tumors.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Experimental Immunology
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:11 Jan 2010 10:26
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 23:56
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Additional Information:Free text article
Publisher DOI:10.1093/intimm/dxp096
PubMed ID:19762453
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 4
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Scopus®. Citation Count: 5

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