Novel Insights into the Role of Defensins in Virus-Induced Autoimmunity in the Central Nervous SystemEvangelos I Kazakos1*, Jannis Kountouras1 and Georgia Deretzi2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Evangelos I Kazakos
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Received Date: May 06, 2016; Accepted Date: May 31, 2016; Published Date:Jun 03, 2016
Citation: Kazakos EI, Kountouras J, Deretzi G (2016) Novel Insights into the Role of Defensins in Virus-Induced Autoimmunity in the Central Nervous System. J Neuroinfect Dis 7:216. doi:10.4172/2314-7326.1000216
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Virus-induced autoimmunity in the brain, an immune-privileged site, occurs primarily from a breach in thymic selection mechanisms that constitute peripheral tolerance, culminating in a self-directed, Tcell- mediated immune response traditionally thought to occur via molecular or epitope mimicry; immune recognition of novel selfantigens; bystander activation of autoreactive defensin-specific, Tlymphocytes (ATLs); and aberrant expression of cytokines in polyclonically expanded T-cell subsets.