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Epigenetics in Rheumatoid Arthritis


Trenkmann, M; Brock, M; Ospelt, C; Gay, S (2010). Epigenetics in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, 39(1):10-19.

Abstract

Epigenetics is a steadily growing research area. In many human diseases, especially in cancers, but also in autoimmune diseases, epigenetic aberrations have been found. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation and destruction of synovial joints. Even though the etiology is not yet fully understood, rheumatoid arthritis is generally considered to be caused by a combination of genetic predisposition, deregulated immunomodulation, and environmental influences. To gain a better understanding of this disease, researchers have become interested in studying epigenetic changes in rheumatoid arthritis. Here, we want to review the current knowledge on epigenetics in rheumatoid arthritis.

Abstract

Epigenetics is a steadily growing research area. In many human diseases, especially in cancers, but also in autoimmune diseases, epigenetic aberrations have been found. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation and destruction of synovial joints. Even though the etiology is not yet fully understood, rheumatoid arthritis is generally considered to be caused by a combination of genetic predisposition, deregulated immunomodulation, and environmental influences. To gain a better understanding of this disease, researchers have become interested in studying epigenetic changes in rheumatoid arthritis. Here, we want to review the current knowledge on epigenetics in rheumatoid arthritis.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Rheumatology Clinic and Institute of Physical Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:August 2010
Deposited On:11 Nov 2009 14:18
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 14:27
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1080-0549
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12016-009-8166-6
PubMed ID:19707891

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