Molecular Medicine

, Volume 20, Supplement 1, pp S7–S9 | Cite as

TNF Antagonists Opened the Way to Personalized Medicine in Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Ferry Breedveld


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease resulting from a largely unknown interaction between genetically determined and environmental factors. Progress in the understanding of this chronic inflammation in the synovial lining of joints has led to the insight that one cytokine, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), has an important role. This insight started the development of a series of targeted and highly effective therapeutics for RA and a range of other autoinflammatory diseases. RA has changed from a severely debilitating disease into a disease where progression can be stopped in most of the patients.


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  1. 1.Leiden University Medical CenterLeidenThe Netherlands

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