SLE-associated risk factors affect DC function

  • Sun Jung KimEmail author
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (G Tsokos, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


Purpose of Review

Identification of function and potential pathogenic mechanisms of SLE risk genes in dendritic cells.

Recent findings

Functional studies of individual SLE risk factors in dendritic cells were performed, and functional alterations of some risk genes in dendritic cells were observed. Recent studies confirmed the pathogenic function of known risk genes. These findings postulate novel pathogenic mechanisms made by dendritic cells.


SLE is a complex disease and its etiology is not clearly understood. Dendritic cells are innate immune cells and critical for determining immune activation and immune tolerance. Genetic studies identified several new candidate genes which predispose to development of autoimmune diseases, but the mechanism of those genes has not been identified. This report updates functional implications or pathways in dendritic cells which are putatively important for the development or propagation of SLE based on genetic and functional studies performed in both human and animal models.


Dendritic cells SLE genetic risk factors 


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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Kim has nothing to disclose.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease, Department of Molecular MedicineThe Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, School of Medicine at Northwell-Hofstra UniversityManhassetUSA

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