Ultraviolet radiation intensity predicts the relative distribution of dermatomyositis and anti-Mi-2 autoantibodies in women.
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Arthritis and rheumatism, ISSN: 0004-3591, Vol: 60, Issue: 8, Page: 2499-504
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- Medicine; Immunology and Microbiology; Autoantibodies; Cross-Sectional Studies; Dermatomyositis; Environmental Exposure; Female; Humans; Male; Phenotype; Polymyositis; Retrospective Studies; Seroepidemiologic Studies; Sex Factors; Ultraviolet Rays; United States; Medicine and Health Sciences
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Because studies suggest that ultraviolet (UV) radiation modulates the myositis phenotype and Mi-2 autoantigen expression, we conducted a retrospective investigation to determine whether UV radiation may influence the relative prevalence of dermatomyositis and anti-Mi-2 autoantibodies in the US.