Rheumatoid arthritis: strong evidence of links to periodontal disease bacterium, A. actinomycetemcomitans
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Why this matters
- A bacterium implicated in periodontal disease, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, also may initiate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) via hypercitrullination in host neutrophils.
- The mechanisms linking periodontal disease to RA are an area of strong research interest with sig...