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Commentary on J Clausen's Review Endogenous Retroviruses in MS

Int MS J. 2003 Apr;10(1):20-1
Garson JA.
Department of Virology, Windeyer Institute of Medical Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, London, UK.

The possibility that endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) may be involved in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other human autoimmune diseases has been investigated intensively by several groups over the past decade, but as yet no clear consensus view has emerged and the topic remains controversial.

The investigations in man were stimulated initially by reports of ERV expression in a number of mouse strains that are genetically predisposed to autoimmune disease.