Sjogren's syndrome: immunological response underlying the disease
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Sjogren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmnune disorder characterized primarily by the discomforts od dry eyes and dry mouth due to the progressive loss of exocrine gland function. Development of a number of animal models to study Sjogren's syndrome, especially the NOD mouse and its congenic partner strains, has permitted a systematic analysis of immunological and non-immunological factors that influence predisposition for development of the autoimmune response. These data are reviewed here.
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J.B.Brayer, Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, Laboratory Science and Center for Orphaned Autoimmune Diseases, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA