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

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To submit your manuscript for consideration at Scientific Reports as part of this Collection, please follow the steps detailed on this page. On the first page of our online submission system, under “I’m submitting:” select the option “any other article type”. Once logged in you can submit your manuscript to a Collection by selecting “Guest Edited Collection”, under the “Choose the appropriate manuscript type” message, and clicking “Continue”. Then when filling out the manuscript information, select the "Autoimmune diseases" Collection from the alphabetical list on the “Springer Nature Subject Category” tab. Authors should express their interest in the Collection in their cover letter.

Accepted papers are published on a rolling basis as soon as they are ready.

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