Journal article

Rheumatoid arthritis: The role of reactive oxygen species in disease development and therapeutic strategies

Kyra A Gelderman, Malin Hultqvist, Lina M Olsson, Kristin Bauer, Angela Pizzolla, Peter Olofsson, Rikard Holmdahl

Antioxidants & Redox Signaling | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are chronic diseases that cannot be prevented or cured If the pathologic basis of such disease would be known, it might be easier to develop new drugs interfering with critical pathway. Genetic analysis of animal models for autoimmune diseases can result in discovery of proteins and pathways that play key function in pathogenesis, which may provide rationales for new therapeutic strategies. Currently, only the MHC class II is clearly associated with human RA and animal models for RA. However, recent data from rats and mice with a polymorphism in Ncf1, a member of the NADPH oxidase complex, indicate a role for oxidative burst in protection..

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