Editorial (Thematic Issue: Biologics in Autoimmune Diseases)

Author(s): Guixiu Shi, Yuan Liu

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Volume 15 , Issue 6 , 2014

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Autoimmune diseases are a large group of diseases with diverse clinical manifestations. They occur due to uncontrolled abnormal immune responses to self tissue and organs. Biologic therapy as a new weapon in the war to against autoimmune diseases is rapidly expanding owning to their specificity, efficacy and safety profiles compared with the traditional non-biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). The major targets of these biologic therapies include cytokines, immune cells and some co-stimulation molecules. Cytokines as the targets of biologic therapies are mainly the three classic inflammatory cytokines include tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-1. Immune cells targets include B cells and T cells. Though these agents are useful in most patients, the adverse effects accompanied with biologic therapy such as infection and tumor incidence make it quite important to decide appropriately when and how to use these agents. Research in order to define more candidate targets of biologic therapy in autoimmune disease is ongoing. Based on this background, we assembled this special issue for a better understanding of the use of biologics in autoimmune diseases, on aspect of various biologics used in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS), autoimmune liver diseases, vasculities, Systemic Sclerosis and polymyositis and dermatomyositis-associated interstitial lung disease. In this special issue, Dashan Wang summarized the biologic agents currently available to treat RA, and the prospective biologic therapies that might be used in the management of RA the in future. Manisha Relan gave an update on the use of biologics in lupus, with a focus on Rituximab, Abatacept, Belimumab, and Epratuzumab. The use of biologics in psoriatic arthritis was summarized by Yan Li. Shiju Chen reviewed the biologics therapy in pSS, focused on the Rituximab in the treatment of pSS to explicate pathogenic function of B cells and assesse its efficacy in sicca symptoms, systemic manifestations and laboratory parameters in pSS patients. Mei Liu provided an overview of emerging biotherapy for autoimmune liver diseases, which gave us a new insight into the treatment strategy in autoimmune liver diseases. Sahana Vishwanath presented a review on biologic agents used in various vasculities. Jingxiu Xuan made a review on the use of biologics in treatment of Systemic Sclerosis. The use of biologics in polymyositis and dermatomyositis was discussed by Yuechi Sun, with a focus on the polymyositis and dermatomyositis- associated interstitial lung disease. This special issue covers many important aspects in the use of biologics in treatment autoimmune diseases, which will surely provide us a better understanding about the role of various biologics in treatment of autoimmune diseases.


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Year: 2014
Published on: 10 September, 2014
Page: [509 - 509]
Pages: 1
DOI: 10.2174/138920101506140910145246

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