Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 79, Issue 12, pp 1308–1321 | Cite as

Modern anti-cytokine therapy of autoimmune diseases



The emergence of genetically engineered biological agents opened new prospects in the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Cytokines responsible for regulation of a wide range of processes during development of the normal immune response are among the most successful therapeutic targets. Studies carried out in recent decades and accompanied by rapid development of biotechnology have promoted establishing in detail the role and place of cytokines in autoimmune and inflammatory pathologies. Nevertheless, mechanisms that underlie anti-cytokine therapy are still not fully understood. This review examines the role of such cytokines as TNF, IL-1, and IL-6 in the development of inflammatory processes and the action mechanisms of their inhibitors.

Key words

cytokines TNF IL-6 IL-1 autoimmunity chronic inflammation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. V. Astrakhantseva
    • 1
  • G. A. Efimov
    • 2
  • M. S. Drutskaya
    • 2
  • A. A. Kruglov
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • S. A. Nedospasov
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Molecular Biology and Regional EcologyLobachevsky State University of Nizhni NovgorodNizhni NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Engelhardt Institute of Molecular BiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical BiologyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  4. 4.German Rheumatism Research CenterLeibnitz InstituteBerlinGermany

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