Horror Autoinflammaticus: The Molecular Pathophysiology of Autoinflammatory Disease

Seth L Masters, Anna Simon, Ivona Aksentijevich, Daniel L Kastner

Annual Review of Immunology | ANNUAL REVIEWS | Published : 2009


The autoinflammatory diseases are characterized by seemingly unprovoked episodes of inflammation, without high-titer autoantibodies or antigen-specific T cells. The concept was proposed ten years ago with the identification of the genes underlying hereditary periodic fever syndromes. This nosology has taken root because of the dramatic advances in our knowledge of the genetic basis of both mendelian and complex autoinflammatory diseases, and with the recognition that these illnesses derive from genetic variants of the innate immune system. Herein we propose an updated classification scheme based on the molecular insights garnered over the past decade, supplanting a clinical classification th..

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