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Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy: how does IgG modulate the immune system?
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PMID:  23411799     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) preparations comprise pooled IgG antibodies from the serum of thousands of donors and were initially used as an IgG replacement therapy in immunocompromised patients. Since the discovery, more than 30 years ago, that IVIG therapy can ameliorate immune thrombocytopenia, the use of IVIG preparations has been extended to a wide range of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Despite the broad efficacy of IVIG therapy, its modes of action remain unclear. In this Review, we cover the recent insights into the molecular and cellular pathways that are involved in IVIG-mediated immunosuppression, with a particular focus on IVIG as a therapy for IgG-dependent autoimmune diseases.
Inessa Schwab; Falk Nimmerjahn
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature reviews. Immunology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1474-1741     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat. Rev. Immunol.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101124169     Medline TA:  Nat Rev Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Genetics, Department of Biology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erwin-Rommelstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen, Germany.
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