Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy

Kurt S Zaenker
Institute of Immunology and Experimental Oncology
University Witten/Herdecke
Stockumerstraße 10
Witten, 58448


Macrophage-Derived IL-18 Targeting for the Treatment of Crohns Disease

Author(s): Takanori Kanai, Koji Uraushihara, Teruji Totsuka, Akira Okazawa, Toshifumi Hibi, Shigeru Oshima, Tatsuya Miyata, Tetsuya Nakamura, Mamoru Watanabe.


Crohns disease is an inflammatory bowel disease associated with several changes in the immune system, including an increased number of infiltrating macrophages. These macrophages release a variety of proinflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), macrophage infiltrating factor (MIF), interleukin (IL)-6, IL-12 and IL-18, which are critically involved in the onset and the development of Crohns disease. We here focus on the role of macrophages, especially macrophagederived IL-18 in both patients with Crohns disease and a murine model of Crohns disease.

Keywords: crohns disease, proinflammatory cytokines, il-18, immunotoxin, targeting

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Article Details

Year: 2003
Page: [131 - 136]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1568010033484250
Price: $58