Journal article

Molecular targets in immune-mediated diseases: the case of tumour necrosis factor and rheumatoid arthritis

IK Campbell, LJ Roberts, IP Wicks

IMMUNOLOGY AND CELL BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2003

Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune condition in which, for unknown reasons, synovial joints become the target of a sustained immune response. For many years, rheumatoid arthritis was in the 'too hard basket' in terms of understanding disease mechanisms and providing rational therapy. This has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and rheumatoid arthritis is now at the forefront of biotechnology. In this review, we outline one of the most exciting recent developments, namely antagonists of the cytokine TNF. The preclinical evaluation of TNF in animal models of rheumatoid arthritis, and subsequent clinical trials of TNF inhibitors in patients, provides insight into the 'bench to..

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