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A recent report found that vitamin D deficiency was associated with an increased autoimmune response in healthy individuals and systemic lupus erythematosus patients.In addition, a potential mechanism about the role of vitamin D in B cell hyperactivity and autoantibody production had been proposed.1 However, increased autoimmune response and autoantibody production can also be observed in several other diseases such as tuberculosis (TB). Accumulating evidences demonstrate that TB patients have high titres of a variety of autoantibodies.2,–,4 Our research sought to investigate whether a …
Funding The study was supported by the National High-Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program).
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval The study was approved by the ethics committee of the National Center for Clinical Laboratories.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.