Autoantibodies Against Telomeres May Help Identify SSc With Lung Disease

Autoantibodies Against Telomeres May Help Identify SSc With Lung Disease

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Autoantibodies Against Telomeres May Help Identify SSc With Lung Disease

Autoantibodies against proteins of the telomeres — the protective caps of chromosomes and a marker of lifespan — were found in scleroderma patients with lung disease and shorter telomeres, a new study reveals. The findings suggest these autoantibodies could serve as a novel biomarker for scleroderma with lung disease. The study, “Autoantibodies targeting telomere-associated proteins in systemic sclerosis,” was published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Telomeres are coverings on the tips of…

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