SLE is an autoimmune disease capable of causing severe tissue damage in many organs. The cause of SLE is unknown, but recent research has identified infection-fighting proteins called interferons (or IFNs) which are made and released by host cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites or tumor cells. IFNs allow for communication between cells to trigger the protective defenses of the immune system that eradicate pathogens or tumors.
In this video, Dr. Erik Peterson from the University of Minnesota describes the basis for his new study which will look at how PTPN22 (one lupus risk gene) affects the interferon-producing capacity of lupus patients.
LFM will be speaking live with Dr. Peterson on Tuesday, April 30 at 12 p.m. Join us to learn more about this research opportunity and find out how you can get involved. Register today at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1804589201556293632.