The incidence of EAE is determined by Ir-EAE, a gene linked to the rat MHC. EAE severity can be assessed by quantitative clinical and pathologic measures. Using these measures, one can say that disease severity in LBNF1 is approximately one-tenth that in Lewis. Analysis of LBNF2, LBC, BNBC, and parental Lewis strain reveals that severity is primarily a function of dose of Lewis MHC alleles. Non-MHC genes have a small but discernable effect.

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