Autoimmune diseases

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Autoimmune diseases are characterised by the immune system’s attack on the body’s own tissues. These conditions affect an increasing number of people worldwide, predominantly women. Loss of tolerance to self-antigens can occur in virtually all of the body’s organs and systems, including digestive (e.g., type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease), endocrine (e.g., Grave’s disease, Addison’s disease), and neurological (e.g., multiple sclerosis, autoimmune epilepsy), as well as connective tissue (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis). While autoimmunity has been linked to genetic and epigenetic factors as well as to a range of environmental triggers such as pathogens and drugs, the underlying causes of many of these conditions remains incompletely understood. This Collection will highlight articles on all aspects of autoimmune diseases, including their etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

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  • Gamal Badr

    Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Egypt.

  • Janine Bilsborough

    F. Widjaja Inflammatory Bowel Disease Institute, USA

  • Coziana Ciurtin

    University College London, London, UK

  • George C. Tsokos

    Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA

Collections articles undergo Scientific Reports' standard peer review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. This includes the journal’s policy on competing interests. The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.

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