Purpose of review The field of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) genetics has been advancing rapidly in recent years. This review will summarize recent advances in SLE genetics. Recent findings Genome-wide-association and follow-up studies have greatly expanded the list of associated polymorphisms, and much current work strives to integrate these polymorphisms into immune system biology and the pathogenic mediators involved in the disease. This review covers some current areas of interest, including genetic studies in non-European SLE patient populations, studies of pathogenic immune system subphenotypes such as type I interferon and autoantibodies, and a rapidly growing body of work investigating the functional consequences of the genetic polymorphisms associated with SLE. Summary These studies provide a fascinating window into human SLE disease biology. As the work proceeds from genetic association signal to altered human biology, we move closer to tailoring interventions based upon an individuals genetic substrate.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
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