Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology

, Volume 33, Issue 1–2, pp 107–112 | Cite as

Recent Advances on Pathogenesis and Therapies in Systemic Sclerosis

  • Norihito Yazawa
  • Manabu Fujimoto
  • Kunihiko Tamaki
Article

Abstract

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by extensive fibrotic changes in various organs, including skin and lung. Although the etiology of SSc remains unknown, three major abnormalities, abnormal humoral immunity, microvasculature, and fibroblast dysfunctions are considered to play important roles. Significant progress has been made in understanding the pathogenesis on SSc, and has been also providing clues to the treatment for this disease. This review summarizes recent advances on the pathogenesis and new therapeutic strategy for SSc.

Keywords

Scleroderma Autoimmune diseases Therapy Pathogenesis B cell Fibroblast Pulmonary hypertension Cytokine Chemokine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norihito Yazawa
    • 1
  • Manabu Fujimoto
    • 2
  • Kunihiko Tamaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyKanazawa University Graduate School of Medical ScienceIshikawaJapan

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