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Interaction Analysis between HLA-DRB1 Shared Epitope Alleles and MHC Class II Transactivator CIITA Gene with Regard to Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Marcus Ronninger, Maria Seddighzadeh, Morten Christoph Eike, Darren Plant, Nina A. Daha, Beate Skinningsrud, Jane Worthington, Tore K. Kvien, Rene E. M. Toes, Benedicte A. Lie, Lars Alfredsson and Leonid Padyukov


HLA-DRB1 shared epitope (SE) alleles are the strongest genetic determinants for autoantibody positive rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One of the key regulators in expression of HLA class II receptors is MHC class II transactivator (CIITA). A variant of the CIITA gene has been found to associate with inflammatory diseases

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