A 33-year-old male asked:
molecular mimicry is a possible cause of some forms of autoimmunity due to bacterial infection..do fungal/viral infections ever cause autoimmunity?
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Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Molecular mimicry: Why yes viral infections certainly do display molecular mimicry. Most commonly are the herpesvirus family (herpes simplex, varicella, cmv, ebv...16 in all). That is why these viruses remain latent within us and if the immune system is disrupted by acquired immunodeficiencies (age, chemotherapy, HIV or other viral infections) these viruses then reactivate.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014
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