An article at (12/25/2014) says that a discovery at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) may promise new hope for screening for automimmune disease, including, of course, Lupus.

The UAB researchers say that they have discovered a mutation of the immune system protein "Fc Receptor." The normal form of this receptor helps a normal immune system regulate production of antibodies.

According to the UAB research, a newly discovered mutation of this receptor either allows, or actually stimulates, the immune system to over produce antibodies. Too many antibodies with nothing proper to do, and voila, they attack and kill normal healthy cells in a Lupus patient's body. Ditto for other autoimmune diseases, like multiple sclerosis (MS) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

The article at suggests, hopefully, that the ability to screen for autoimmune disease by looking for, and at, the Fc Receptor mutation may also lead to new ideas for treatment of Lupus!