Lupus Biomarkers Discovered
People with lupus have certain molecular biomarkers that aren’t present in
those without the disease, a small, preliminary study has
“There are currently
no defined biomarkers for lupus,” said lead researcher Dr. Nilamadhab Mishra, an
assistant professor of rheumatology at the Wake Forest University School of
Medicine, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
But, in their new
study, Mishra and his colleagues found that people with lupus have changes in
their micro-ribonucleic acids (microRNAs) that aren’t found in people who don’t
have lupus. “We found 40 are differently expressed between lupus patients and
controls,” he said.