Cytokines and inflammatory bowel disease.
Cytokines play an important role in the pathology of inflammatory bowel disease by determining the nature of the mucosal immune response. One way of establishing whether CD and UC are causally related to a defect in the host immune response is to look for polymorphisms that are over-represented in these populations. This is being carried out at great pace both for the cytokine genes and for some other immune response genes. A number of gene expression studies have established that those cytok...Expand abstract
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