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Evaluation of the prevalence of the coeliac disease and its genetic components in the european population

Objective

TECHNOLOGICAL PROBLEM

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune type disease characterised by intolerance to gluten (gluten is a major food ingredient extracted from cereals like wheat, rye and barley). In genetically susceptible individuals, gluten ingestion results in intestinal mucosa damage and malabsorption of essential nutrients.
The coeliac-EU cluster groups together three research programmes with complementary scientific objectives:
To establish the prevalence of oeliac disease in a large European population.
To characterise the genetic basis of this common food intolerance.
To identify factors involved in the gluten-triggered pathogenesis of mucosal damage.


EXPECTED RESULTS

The epidemiology study will :
Provide an estimate of the prevalence of oeliac disease in Europe.
Allow identification and early treatment of 'silent' oeliac people who are so far not detected.

The genetic study will :
Identify association(s) between gene(s) and the oeliac disease.
Clarify the contribution of the HLA genetic components and their association with other (non-HLA) genetic markers.

The pathogenesis study will :
Characterise features of damage in the oeliac mucosa.
Provide information on factors involved in the pathogenesis of mucosal damage, in particular on T cells involvement.


APPLICATIONS

A new simple serological diagnostic test, suitable for large population screening and allowing an easier and earlier detection of the disease, will be validated.
A non-invasive genetic test based on DNA analysis may potentially be developed in the future.
New therapeutic strategies, for instance based on immuno-modulation, may potentially be developed in the future.

Call for proposal

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Coordinator

AMYLUM-BELGIUM NV
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