Interleukin-1 receptor antagonism

David J. Nikolic-Paterson, Hui Y. Lan, Robert C. Atkins

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Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that exerts a wide range of biological effects. The recently identified IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) has provided a tool for blocking IL-1 activity in vivo, leading to a detailed understanding of the role of this cytokine in the inflammatory response. The importance of IL-1 production in glomerulonephritis has been shown by the ability of IL-1ra treatment to suppress the induction and progression of experimental crescentic glomerulonephritis. Although further studies are required, IL-1ra treatment is an attractive adjunct therapy for patients with progressive glomerulonephritis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-590
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Nephrology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

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