Common factor behind myocardial infarction, rheumatism and MS
A common gene variant has been identified as the risk factor behind a number of common diseases by research scientists at Karolinska Institutet and the Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMM), Stockholm, Sweden. Up to a quarter of the population could be affected.
Researchers in the fields of cardiovascular disease, rheumatism and MS have together shown that there is a common risk factor for these conditions. It is the first identified gene to link autoimmune diseases with cardiovascular diseases.
"This gene variant can therefore be one of the single largest genetic causes of complex diseases with inflammatory components," says Fredrik Piehl, associate professor at Karolinska Institutet and researcher at the CMM. "There is also a chance that other diseases are also affected by this gene variant. The discovery can now lead to more reliable diagnostics and better treatments for a great number of patients."
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