Hitherto unknown risk factor for arteriosclerosis identified
Following a blood infection, the first class of antibodies produced by the immune system are IgM antibodies. They form the "vanguard" of the immune response before other cells are activated to fight the infection. Some people are deficient or completely lack these antibodies, and develop congenital immune deficiency. Together with the CeMM (the Austrian Academy of Sciences Research Center for Molecular Medicine), researchers from MedUni Vienna's Division of Medical-Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics have now discovered how this deficiency contributes to an increased risk of arteriosclerosis and consequently even to serious cardiovascular diseases.

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