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genetic variant involved in immune response and atherosclerosis

  July, 17 2002 23:44
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Genetic variant reduces immune response, yet protects against atherosclerosis

An international team led by Duke University Medical Center researchers has discovered that a genetic variant of an immune system receptor appears to simultaneously dampen the body's immune response to bacteria and other microbial toxins and to provide some protection against atherosclerosis, or clogging of the arteries. The scientists believe their discovery suggests a possible new approach to anti-atherosclerosis drugs.

Richard Merritt
Duke University Medical Center

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