Antielastin B-cell and T-cell immunity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Thorax, 04/23/2012

A systemic immune response against elastin could not be identified in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). By contrast, collagen V–mediated autoimmunity was increased in the subgroup of smokers and may potentially contribute to the pathogenesis of COPD.

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