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Traitor proteins that could attack the body widespread, UF researchers find

Traitor proteins that could attack the body widespread, UF researchers find

Published: Mar 1st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 32 million Americans harbor potentially toxic proteins that can attack body tissues and lead to autoimmune diseases such as lupus and scleroderma, according to a new University of Florida study. This is the first accurate estimate of the frequency of the proteins, called autoantibodies, the researchers say. The findings appear online and in an upcoming print edition of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism.