Novel Molecular Targets for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Other Immune-Complex and T-Cell Mediated Autoimmune Diseases - Update

Author(s): Maria Marino, Giorgio Fassina

Journal Name: Medicinal Chemistry Reviews - Online (Discontinued)

Volume 1 , Issue 3 , 2004


Receptors for the constant fragment (Fc) of IgGs (FcgRs) are largely involved in the pathogenesis of haematological and rheumatic autoimmune disorders, triggering a wide variety of effector functions including phagocytosis, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, and release of inflammatory mediators, as well as immune complex clearance and regulation of antibody production. The availability of single and multiple Fc-receptor-deficient mice has allowed to get considerable progresses on the in vivo regulation of these responses, through the appreciation of the importance of balancing activation responses with inhibitory signalling. These new insights have a profound impact on our understanding of inflammation in autoimmune diseases, and might lead to new therapeutic approaches for human disorders including Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis.

Keywords: autoimmune diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus

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Year: 2004
Page: [331 - 332]
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.2174/1567203043401707
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