Cytokines in rheumatoid arthritis: trials and tribulations.

  title={Cytokines in rheumatoid arthritis: trials and tribulations.},
  author={N L Carteron},
  journal={Molecular medicine today},
  volume={6 8},
Biological agents that inhibit the activity of proinflammatory cytokines are being investigated for use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Thus far, two of these agents, both of which neutralize tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), have received US Food and Drug Administration approval for the treatment of the disease. Etanercept is a bioengineered fusion protein of the p75 soluble TNF receptor, and infliximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody to TNF-alpha. Other agents that target… CONTINUE READING

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