Environment/Drug-induced Human Autoimmune Disease

J. F. Nyland, P. Caturegli, N. R. Rose

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Autoimmune diseases comprise a broad spectrum of disorders that share the common basic mechanism of an uncontrolled response to 'self.' While there are some instances where there is a clear genetic predisposition to development of autoimmune disease in humans, for the most part the mechanisms and contributing factors are as complex as the diseases themselves. It seems likely that the greatest proportion of susceptibility to autoimmune disease is due to external, environmental agents, the focus of this chapter. Included in the discussion are environmental agents such as drugs, metals and inorganic compounds, organic compounds, foods, and occupational exposures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImmune System Toxicology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780080468686
StatePublished - Aug 12 2010


  • Autoimmune disease
  • Drug-induced
  • Environment
  • Human
  • Inorganic compounds
  • Metals
  • Occupational exposure
  • Organic compounds
  • Xenobiotic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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