J Korean Rheum Assoc.  2007 Mar;14(1):1-14. 10.4078/jkra.2007.14.1.1.

Review of Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors on Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • 1Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chung-Ang University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. drsong@cau.ac.kr

Abstract

Advanced knowledges of cellular and molecular biology led to the development of therapies of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The introduction of biologic agents into clinical practice has had a profound effect on the current management of RA. These agents can rapidly enhance functional status and inhibit the progression of joint damage from the disease. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors are the representative biologic agents for the treatment of RA. Their clinical efficacy and safety were revealed through many clinical trails. Novel TNF inhibitors and other biologic agents for the treatment of RA are developing continuously. Promising biologic agents such as TNF inhibitors have become an important part of treatment armamentarium for RA, although they have some side effects and problems to be solved. These agents may contribute to achieve the sustained remission and eventually cure of RA. Currently available TNF inhibitors in Korea include etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab. This review article introduces past, present, and future of the TNF inhibitors and suggests guidelines for the proper use of them on RA.

Keyword

Rheumatoid arthritis; Treatment; Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors; Biologic agents

MeSH Terms

Arthritis, Rheumatoid*
Biological Factors
Joints
Korea
Molecular Biology
Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha*
Adalimumab
Infliximab
Etanercept
Biological Factors
Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha

Figure

  • Fig. 1. Key cytokines in rheumatoid arthritis.


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