IL-23/IL-17 Axis in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases.
Li Hao,Tsokos George C
Clinical reviews in allergy & immunology
In inflammatory rheumatic disorders, the immune system attacks and damages the connective tissues and invariably internal organs. During the past decade, remarkable advances having been made towards our understanding on the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in rheumatic diseases. The discovery of IL-23/IL-17 axis and the delineation of its important role in the inflammation led to the introduction of many needed new therapeutic tools. We will present an overview of the rationale for targeting therapeutically the IL-23/IL-17 axis in rheumatic diseases and the clinical benefit which has been realized so far. Finally, we will discuss the complex interrelationship between IL-23 and IL-17 and the possible uncoupling in certain disease settings.