Research links cancer to autoimmune disorders

Autoimmune disorders may share certain pathogenic mechanisms with cancer, according to a US research report.

Described as “paradigm shifting”, the research shows the same inhibitors of apoptosis in tumours are also expressed in cells that produce autoimmune diseases.

The researchers, led by Dr Linda Kusner of George Washington University (GW), discovered that survivin, an inhibitor of apoptosis, is also expressed in the lymphocytes of patients with the autoimmune disease myasthenia