The combined impact of persistent infections and human genetic variation on C-reactive protein levels

Flavia Hodel, Olivier Naret, Clara Bonnet, Nicole Brenner, Noemi Bender, Tim Waterboer, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Peter Vollenweider & Jacques Fellay
Abstract Multiple human pathogens establish chronic, sometimes life-long infections. Even if they are often latent, these infections can trigger some degree of local or systemic immune response, resulting in chronic low-grade inflammation. There remains an incomplete understanding of the potential contribution of both persistent infections and human genetic variation on chronic low-grade inflammation. We searched for potential associations between seropositivity for 13 persistent pathogens and the plasma levels of the inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein (CRP),...
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