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Antibodies 2017, 6(1), 1;

Pathogenic and Protective Autoantibodies in Autoimmune Polyendocrinopathy-Candidiasis-Ectodermal Dystrophy (APECED)

Center for Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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Academic Editor: Christiane Hampe
Received: 27 October 2016 / Revised: 22 November 2016 / Accepted: 13 January 2017 / Published: 17 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Auto-Antibody and Autoimmune Disease)
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Autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED) is a rare disorder caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene, leading to defects in T cell selection. The disease manifestations include both autoimmune tissue destruction and immunodeficiency, with specific susceptibility to chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis. Studies have demonstrated a wide repertoire of high affinity tissue- and cytokine-specific antibodies in patients with APECED. Here, we review the antigenic targets and function of these disease-causing and disease-ameliorating antibodies. View Full-Text
Keywords: APECED; autoantibodies; T cells; AIRE APECED; autoantibodies; T cells; AIRE
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Kashem, S.W.; Binstadt, B.A. Pathogenic and Protective Autoantibodies in Autoimmune Polyendocrinopathy-Candidiasis-Ectodermal Dystrophy (APECED). Antibodies 2017, 6, 1.

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