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Iwamoto, N; Distler, J H W; Distler, O (2011). Tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the treatment of systemic sclerosis: from animal models to clinical trials. Current Rheumatology Reports, 13(1):21-7.

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Efficient antifibrotic therapies are not available for patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). This review summarizes the current preclinical and clinical evidence for imatinib and related tyrosine kinase inhibitors as potential antifibrotic therapies for SSc and other fibrotic diseases. In experimental models of SSc, imatinib, nilotinib, and dasatinib demonstrated strong antifibrotic effects. Imatinib not only prevented fibrosis in the bleomycin-induced model of dermal fibrosis and the tight skin mouse-1 model but also reduced established fibrosis in a modified bleomycin model. Open-label, proof-of-concept trials in SSc showed moderate effects on skin fibrosis, biological measures of skin fibrosis, and lung fibrosis compared with baseline measures. However, whether this reflects the natural course of the disease or is a result of treatment effects is unclear and needs to be analyzed in larger, multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trials. Toxicity is expected from cancer trials with frequent mild to moderate adverse events.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Rheumatology Clinic and Institute of Physical Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:12 Mar 2011 15:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:40
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s11926-010-0142-x
PubMed ID:21042889

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