Monday, July 13, 1998
While searching for genetic origins for human disease is in vogue, work
also continues to seek viral and bacterial origins of disorders ranging from autoimmune
conditions to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Two reports last week added to the links.
One associated rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with human parvovirus B19 and the other linked
extraskeletal calcification-based disorders such as kidney stones with nanobacteria.
Other recent studies have connected adenovirus AD-36 with obesity (see
BioCentury, May 18), and suggested that viruses could induce autoimmune responses by
mimicking antigens that trigger immune responses against the host