Autoimmune myocarditis: a paradigm of post-infection autoimmune disease

Noel R. Rose, Ahvie Herskowitz, David A. Neumann, Nikolaus Neu

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Infection with Coxsackievirus B3 often leads to myocarditis - an inflammatory condition affecting the muscular walls of the heart. As Noel Rose and colleagues review here, heart-reactive autoantibodies produced as an unusual consequence of infection in some strains of mice were reactive with cardiac-specific myosin. Moreover, myosin (with complete Freund's adjuvant) could reproduce late-phase myocarditis when injected into susceptible mice. Hence, this virus appears to expose or release cardiac myosin and thereby initiates autoimmune myocarditis in genetically susceptible hosts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalImmunology Today
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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