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Type: Thesis
Title: Immunogenetic determinants of chronic Q fever / Karla Jayne Helbig.
Author: Helbig, Karla Jayne
Issue Date: 2003
School/Discipline: Dept. of Pathology
Abstract: Q fever, caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetti, is the most important and costly zoonotic infection in Australia. It manifests in both acute and chronic forms, with the majority of acute Q fever patients making a complete recovery. The strain of C. burnetti has not been found to play a role in the development of chronic Q fever, and it remains unclear why a minority of individuals manifest chronic forms of Q fever, while others make a complete recovery. This study attempts to elucidate possible immunogenetic markers that may contribute to an individual's risk of developing chronic Q fever, as well as attempting to gain a better understanding of the pathophysiological roles that certain variants of immune response genes may play in chronic Q fever. It is shown that the development of chronic Q fever conditions following an acute attack of Q fever have a genetic component, affecting those genes involved in the immune response. The immunogenetic predisposition to chronic Q fever is explored, and reveals important new associations that may help to increase the understanding of these chronic conditions.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Adelaide, Dept. of Pathology, 2003
Description: "July 2003"
Bibliography: leaves 213-244.
xvi, 244 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
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