Pathogenic cells of rheumatic inflammation as the target of modern therapies

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Kalden J
Journal: Zeitschrift für Rheumatologie
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 74
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 8-13
ISSN: 0340-1855


In the 1970s and 1980s the course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could be defined as fateful despite the introduction of methotrexate as well as other immunosuppressive treatments. In most patients at this time RA was combined with an early disability due a progressive destruction of joints. In addition, comorbidity was known to be one of the major causes for a decreased life expectancy. These less than optimal options for treating RA patients led to intensive research in the pathogenesis with the aim to develop new treatment principles. Based on the increasing knowledge of pathogenically important mechanisms, so-called biologicals were developed targeting T and B cells and proinflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor alpha. Over the past 10 years the repertoire of biologicals for treating RA has steadily and significantly increased, which was necessary especially for those patients classified as non-responders to available biological compounds. In the present overview cellular structures, T and B cells as well as cells of the monocyte/macrophage system are discussed as targets for immune interventions.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kalden, Joachim Prof. Dr.
Medizinische Fakultät

How to cite

Kalden, J. (2015). Pathogenic cells of rheumatic inflammation as the target of modern therapies. Zeitschrift für Rheumatologie, 74(1), 8-13.

Kalden, Joachim. "Pathogenic cells of rheumatic inflammation as the target of modern therapies." Zeitschrift für Rheumatologie 74.1 (2015): 8-13.


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