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Immunol Today. 2000 Jun;21(6):265-8.

Autoimmunity can benefit self-maintenance.

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  • 1Department of Neurobiology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel.

Abstract

Autoimmunity is usually considered only as a cause of disease; nevertheless, human T-cell repertoires are filled naturally with autoimmune lymphocytes. Here, we review evidence that autoimmune T cells can help heal damaged tissues, indicating that natural autoimmunity could also be a cause of health.

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