John Weis - Researchers Show Gene Variation Associated with Rare Heart Problem in Children
Scientists from the University of Utah School of Medicine are the first to show that a genetic variation in the IFITM3 gene is associated with a higher risk of developing coronary artery lesions in patients with Kawasaki disease–regarded as the leading cause of acquired heart disease among children in developed countries. This new finding, published in the May 13, 2014, issue of Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine, gives insight into potential mechanisms for Kawasaki disease and provides further evidence that viruses may play an important role in development of this inflammatory condition.
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