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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of Osteorheumatology 2011: International Congress on Bone Involvement in Arthritis

Meeting abstract

IL-1 inhibition in autoinflammatory diseases

Alberto Martini

  • Correspondence: Alberto Martini

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, University of Genoa, Pediatria II Reumatologia, Istituto G Gaslini, Genoa, Italy

Arthritis Research & Therapy 2012, 14(Suppl 2):A4  doi:10.1186/ar3711


The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://arthritis-research.com/content/14/S2/A4


Published:8 March 2012

© 2012 Martini; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Meeting abstract

Inherited autoinflammatory syndromes (IAS) are a group of recently identified monogenic diseases characterized by recurrent episodes of systemic inflammation.

Muckle-Wells Syndrome, Familial Cold Autoinflammatory Syndrome and Chronic Infantile Neurological Cutaneous and Articular Syndrome are IAS due to mutations in a single gene, CIAS1 (cold-induced autoinflammatory syndrome 1, or NALP-3), encoding a protein called cryopyrin which is an essential component of an intracellular multiprotein complex named inflammasome, that play a crucial role in the production and secretion of interleukin (IL)-1 These diseases are characterized by excessive production of IL-1 and have a dramatic response to IL-1 inhibition.

More recently, IL-1 inhibition has also been shown to be effective in another AID (TNF-receptor associated periodic syndrome or TRAPS) as well as in other conditions such as systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis and recurrent idiopathic pericarditis. This has suggested that also these two last diseases may represent autoinflammatory conditions.