HLA-B27 and disease pathogenesis: new structural and functional insights.
The human leukocyte antigen class I allele HLA-B27 is a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigen that is strongly associated with the spondyloarthritic group of human rheumatic diseases, the most common of which is ankylosing spondylitis. Although the mechanism underlying this disease association remains unknown, numerous theories have been proposed. Much more is known of the natural role of HLA-B27 in binding and presenting antigenic peptides to T cells. The 'arthritogenic peptide hypo...Expand abstract
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