RESEARCH ARTICLE


The Pathophysiology of Antiphospholipid Syndrome



Pablo Ruiz Sada1, Hannah Cohen 2, David Isenberg3, *
1 Hospital Universitario de Basurto, Departamento de MedicinaInterna, Bilbao, Spain
2 University College London, London, UK
3 Centre for Rheumatology Research, Division of Medicine, University College London, London, UK


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Abstract

Advances in our knowledge of the pathogenic mechanisms of antiphospholipid syndrome have been achieved in the past few years. Apart from the well-known role of anti-β2-glycoprotein I antibodies, complement, endocrine and genetic factors and a variety of other molecules are now under investigation. These new approaches should lead to novel explanations and potential new treatment options.

Keywords: Anti-β2-glycoprotein, antiphospholipid syndrome, antiphospholipid antibodies, complement.