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Molecular abnormalities of the B cell in systemic lupus erythematosus are candidates for functional inhibition treatments.
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PMID:  24588739     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Introduction: The B cell is a key player in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Loss of B cell tolerance resulting in autoantibody production and immune complex formation and deposition are central features of the disease. B cell overactivity is a hallmark of SLE and molecular abnormalities in B cell signaling cascade have been described. Areas covered: In this review, we will focus on the aberrant phenotype of B cell signaling in patients with lupus. We will also discuss data stemming from the use of small molecules that have recently been recognized to target important steps of the B cell signal transduction pathways with therapeutic implications for SLE. Expert opinion: Attempts to target the B cell in SLE have been made through depletion, blocking of survival factors and co-receptor inhibition. However, the still unmet need for effective therapy of refractory disease makes the necessity for new drugs impelling.
Stamatis-Nick C Liossis; Konstantinos Melissaropoulos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-3-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1744-7666     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Opin Pharmacother     Publication Date:  2014 Mar 
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Created Date:  2014-3-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100897346     Medline TA:  Expert Opin Pharmacother     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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