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Review

Molecular therapies for systemic lupus erythematosus: clinical trials and future prospects

Fanny Monneaux and Sylviane Muller*

Author Affiliations

CNRS, Immunologie et Chimie Thérapeutiques, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, 15 rue René Descartes, 67000 Strasbourg, France

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Arthritis Research & Therapy 2009, 11:234  doi:10.1186/ar2711

Published: 30 June 2009

Abstract

The prognosis of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus has greatly improved since treatment regimens combining corticosteroids and immunosuppressive medications have been widely adopted in therapeutic strategies given to these patients. Immune suppression is evidently efficient but also leads to higher susceptibility to infectious and malignant diseases. Toxic effects and sometimes unexpectedly dramatic complications of current therapies have been progressively reported. Identifying novel molecular targets therefore remains an important issue in the treatment of lupus. The aim of this review article is to highlight emerging pharmacological options and new therapeutic avenues for lupus with a particular focus on non-antibody molecular strategies.