Comment on 'AIRE-deficient patients harbor unique high-affinity disease-ameliorating autoantibodies'

Nils Landegren, Lindsey B. Rosen, Eva Freyhult, Daniel Eriksson, Tove Fall, Gustav Smith, Elise M.N. Ferre, Petter Brodin, Donald Sharon, Michael Snyder, Michail Lionakis, Mark Anderson, Olle Kämpe

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The AIRE gene plays a key role in the development of central immune tolerance by promoting thymic presentation of tissue-specific molecules. Patients with AIRE-deficiency develop multiple autoimmune manifestations and display autoantibodies against the affected tissues. In 2016 it was reported that: i) the spectrum of autoantibodies in patients with AIRE-deficiency is much broader than previously appreciated; ii) neutralizing autoantibodies to type I interferons (IFNs) could provide protection against type 1 diabetes in these patients (Meyer et al., 2016). We attempted to replicate these new findings using a similar experimental approach in an independent patient cohort, and found no evidence for either conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere43578
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 27

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Immunology in the medical area


  • autoantibody
  • autoantigen
  • human
  • human biology
  • immune tolerance
  • immunology
  • inflammation
  • medicine
  • type 1 diabetes


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