B cells in rheumatoid arthritis: from hypothesis to the clinic.

  title={B cells in rheumatoid arthritis: from hypothesis to the clinic.},
  author={Edward Clark Keystone},
  volume={44 Suppl 2},
Rituximab (MabThera/Rituxan) is a therapeutic monoclonal antibody against CD20, an antigen expressed by B cells but not B-cell progenitor or plasma cells. It is currently approved for the treatment of relapsed or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and is well tolerated and efficacious. A small open-label study (conducted by Edwards and Cambridge) indicated that selective depletion of B cells using rituximab led to sustained benefits for patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. A… CONTINUE READING


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