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A novel therapeutic approach to cytokine modulation in articular inflammation using filarial nematode derived ES-62

McInnes, I.B. and Gracie, J.A. and Leung, B.P. and Harnett, M.M. and Liew, F.Y. and Harnett, W. (2003) A novel therapeutic approach to cytokine modulation in articular inflammation using filarial nematode derived ES-62. Arthritis Research and Therapy, 5 (Suppl ). p. 52. ISSN 1478-6354

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Abstract

Discovering safe, novel immunomodulators that are effective in RA is currently a major therapeutic objective. Long-term immune system deviation is most striking in the host-parasite relationship, in which microbes may coexist with a human host. ES-62 exhibited powerful immunomodulation of CIA, preventing initiation of inflammatory arthritis. Crucially, ES-62 suppressed even established disease. These effects were due to inhibition of cytokine release, specifically TNF-α, and reversal of collagen specific Th1 responses associated with reduced expression of IFN-γ. The physiologic relevance of these observations was confirmed, as ES-62 down-regulated the release of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α and IL-6) from patient-derived samples.