Published in Drug Week, August 1st, 2003
"Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is considered to be an autoimmune disorder mediated by group A streptococcal (GAS) M protein-specific T cells and antibodies that cross-react with cardiac antigens and epitopes of the GAS M protein. In this study, Lewis rats were immunized with a pool of overlapping peptides spanning the conserved region of the GAS M protein in Complete Freund's Adjuvant, followed by immunization with Bordetella pertussis. Controls received adjuvants alone," scientists writing in the Journal of...
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