Infectious Diseases: Predisposition


There is increasing evidence of genetic predisposition to both susceptibility and outcome in human infection. Examples from animal studies, single‐gene immunological defects and polygenic disorders have identified fundamental processes in infectious diseases and are likely to revolutionize the approach to both prevention and treatment of infection.

Keywords: linkage; association; infection; susceptibility; outcome


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Web Links

CCR5(chemokine(C‐C motif) receptor 5); LocusID: 1234. LocusLink:

IFNGR1 (interferon gamma receptor); LocusID: 3459. LocusLink:

MBL2 (mannose‐binding lectin (protein C) 2, soluble (opsonic defect)); LocusID: 4153. LocusLink:

SLC11A1 (solute carrier family 11 (proton‐coupled divalent metal ion transporters), member 1); LocusID: 6556. LocusLink:‐post/Omim/dispmim?601373 CCR5(chemokine(C‐C motif) receptor 5); 601373. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?107470 IFNGR1(interferon gamma receptor); MIM number: 107470. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?154545 MBL2(mannose‐binding lectin(protein C) 2, soluble(opsonic defect)); MIM number: 154545. OMIM:

SLC11A1(solute carrier family 11(proton‐coupled divalent metal ion transporters), member 1); MIM number: 600266. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?600266

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Burgner, David, and Levin, Michael(Jan 2006) Infectious Diseases: Predisposition. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005506]