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Cytokines in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Cytokines regulate a broad range of inflammatory processes that are implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. In rheumatoid joints, it is well known that an imbalance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine activities favours the induction of autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and thereby joint damage. However, it remains less clear how cytokines are organized within a hierarchical regulatory network, and therefore which cytokines may be the best targets for clinical intervention a priori. Here, we discuss the crucial effector function of cytokines in the immunological processes that are central to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.


Keywords: rheumatoid arthritis, processes that, cytokines, rheumatoid

Authored by McInnes IB, Schett G. Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 120 University Place, Glasgow G12 8TA, UK. i.b.mcinnes@clinmed.gla.ac.uk

Published in Nat Rev Immunol. 2007 Jun;7(6):429-42. The full report is available online. link   A subscription to the periodical may be required.



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