DNA repair and systemic lupus erythematosus

Rithy Meas, Matthew J. Burak, Joann B. Sweasy

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease with no known cure that affects at least five million people worldwide. Monozygotic twin concordance and familial aggregation studies strongly suggest that lupus results from genetic predisposition along with environmental exposures including UV light. The majority of the common risk alleles associated with genetic predisposition to SLE map to genes associated with the immune system. However, evidence is emerging that implicates a role for aberrant DNA repair in the development of lupus. Here we summarize our current knowledge of the potential association of lupus with mutations in DNA repair genes. We also discuss how defective or aberrant DNA repair could lead to the development of lupus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalDNA Repair
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Class switch recombination
  • Cytoplasmic DNA
  • DNA repair
  • Neoantigen
  • Somatic hypermutation
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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