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Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1991 May;17(2):323-32.

Dietary amino acid-induced systemic lupus erythematosus.

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Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.


The effects of dietary manipulations on autoimmune disease are understood poorly. In this article, we detail our experience with a human subject who developed autoimmune hemolytic anemia while participating in a research study that required the ingestion of alfalfa seeds. Subsequent experimental studies in primates ingesting alfalfa sprout seeds and L-canavanine (a prominent amino acid constituent of alfalfa) is presented. The results of these studies indicate a potential toxic and immunoregulatory role of L-canavanine in the induction of a systemic lupus-like disease in primates.

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