Toxicant and Disease Database
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Autoimmune antibodies (positive ANA, anti-DNA, RF, etc.)
Causes Grouped by strength of evidence
Although the presence of auto-antibodies is a part of the diagnosis of autoimmune disease, the relevance of auto-antibodies in otherwise health individuals is unknown. Mercury-induced autoimmunity has a strong genetic component. Some strains of rats are completely resistant while others are exquisitely sensitive to mercury toxicity. Susceptibility has been linked to MHC and non-MHC genes.