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Lupus

Lupus and genetics

12/26/2001

Question:

Your information was very helpful for my report on Lupus, but I would like to ask another question and that is from which parent passes Lupus to their children? Thank you.

Answer:

Both parents can pass on genes that increase susceptibility to the development of lupus in their children. From the research in mouse models of lupus, it is believed that an `assortment` of genes, rather than transferring a few genes contributes to lupus susceptibility. This assortment involves gaining `bad` (lupus-inducing) genes and losing `good` (lupus-suppressor) genes.

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Response by:

Ram Raj   Singh, MD Ram Raj Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati