Journal article

The immunopathogenesis of oral lichen planus-Is there a role for mucosal associated invariant T cells?

Lara M DeAngelis, Nicola Cirillo, Michael J McCullough

JOURNAL OF ORAL PATHOLOGY & MEDICINE | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic, T-cell-mediated, immune condition of unknown cause. OLP may present with painful symptoms requiring treatment, as well as lesions outside the oral cavity. It is likely that what initiates the OLP disease process is a complex interaction of host susceptibility and environmental triggers. While it is possible that OLP represents a true autoimmune condition against an epithelial autoantigen, the mechanisms that lead to this immune dysregulation are still poorly understood. In this review article, we discuss current concepts relating to the immunopathogenesis of OLP, as well as the potential contributory roles the oral microbiota and mucosal-associated inva..

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