Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) represents a complex disease where the inheritable component has been estimated to be up to 60%. This PIR volume deals with the genetic basis and regulation of rheumatic diseases. The first part of the book describes genetic studies on rheumatic diseases. The second part deals with the shared heredity of rheumatic diseases, e.g., RA, lupus and ankylosing spondylitis. The third part of the volume describes tools for analysing genetic complexity, ranging from animal models to new molecular tools. The volume is essential reading for researchers and clinicians from rheumatology, inflammation research, immunology, and cell and molecular biology.
Annotation Trainee and practicing rheumatologists The study of disease genetics arguably began in rheumatology, with the description of the hereditary basis of alkaptonuria by Garrod in 1902, and the introduction of the concept of in-born errors of metabolism. A large proportion of the diseases seen by rheumatologists have genetic influences. The dissection of the genetic basis of rheumatic diseases has moved rapidly over the past 15 years. Increasingly, rheumatologists are being asked the question "How likely is it that my children will develop the disease I have?', and about the utility of genetic testing for those diseases. This book is not a hefty tome full of genetics jargon, but a quick reference source for doctors written to help answer those questions.
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Here is a unique and comprehensive resource for human geneticists and physicians concerned with the genetic causes of diseases routinely seen in research, clinical practice, and genetic counseling. Each of the chapters covers a particular disease, describes the genetic factors involved, and define the relevant biochemical, immunological, and physiological markers. The expert, widely known contributors also detail clinical applications, with advice on how the genetic data can be used to evaluate individuals and families, interpret diagnostic texts, and manage the disease.