[Personalized medicine for rheumatoid arthritis : serological and clinical patient profiles to optimize B and T cell targeted therapy].

Nowadays B and T-cell directed biologics in addition to TNF inhibitors are established as effective and safe treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis. As shown by the approval of rituximab for the treatment of systemic vasculitis, these drugs can also be useful for the treatment of other systemic autoimmune diseases; however, to optimize therapeutic strategies, predictive factors for treatment response as well as a good characterized safety profile are essential. So far implementation of real personalized medicine is not feasible in the field of rheumatology, but first biomarkers have already been identified and provide promising results. In this context, it has been shown that a B-cell directed therapy with rituximab is more effective in seropositive patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, characterization of the cytokine milieu as well as of circulating and tissue infiltrating B and T-cell subsets might be useful for prediction of treatment response in the near future.
AuthorsE Feist, T Dörner
JournalZeitschrift für Rheumatologie (Z Rheumatol) Vol. 72 Issue 1 Pg. 49-58 (Feb 2013) ISSN: 1435-1250 [Electronic] Germany
Vernacular TitlePersonalisierte Medizin bei der rheumatoiden Arthritis : serologisch-klinische Patientenprofile in der Optimierung der B- und T-Zell-gerichteten Therapie.
PMID23223871 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Antirheumatic Agents
  • Antirheumatic Agents (therapeutic use)
  • B-Lymphocytes (drug effects, immunology)
  • Humans
  • Precision Medicine (trends)
  • Rheumatic Diseases (diagnosis, drug therapy, immunology)
  • T-Lymphocytes (drug effects, immunology)

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