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How do human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) affect type 1 diabetes?

Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) are proteins located on the surface of the cell that help the immune system identify the cell either as one belonging to the body or as one from outside the body. Some patterns of these proteins may mean increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

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