Hypothesis: Viral infections of pregnant women may be early triggers of childhood type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune disease

Zvi Laron*, Lester Shulman, Christiane Hampe, Orit Blumenfeld

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Abstract

Children and adolescents with early onset autoimmune diseases have a different seasonality of month of birth than the general population. This pattern is consistent with an infection during pregnancy affecting the fetus or an infection immediately after birth that act as early triggers of the autoimmune diseases. We present data supporting the use of Rotavirus vaccinations in the reduction of incidence of childhood T1D and propose further investigations into whether other anti-virus vaccinations may reduce the burden of other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and subtypes of rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto thyroiditis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102977
JournalJournal of Autoimmunity
Volume135
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Childhood
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Thyroiditis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Viruses

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