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Epigenetic modifications in rheumatoid arthritis, a review


Klein, Kerstin; Gay, Steffen (2013). Epigenetic modifications in rheumatoid arthritis, a review. Current Opinion in Pharmacology, 13(3):420-425.

Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic joint inflammation and progressive destruction of cartilage and bone which leads to ultimately loss of function and pain. Activated synovial fibroblasts are key effector cells in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. In the recent years, epigenetic changes including DNA methylation, histone acetylation and other histone modifications were identified that are associated with an intrinsic activation and the aggressive phenotype of these cells. So far, no therapies targeting rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts exist. This review comprises recent research efforts that propose epigenetic mechanisms behind the activation of rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts and other cell types.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic joint inflammation and progressive destruction of cartilage and bone which leads to ultimately loss of function and pain. Activated synovial fibroblasts are key effector cells in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. In the recent years, epigenetic changes including DNA methylation, histone acetylation and other histone modifications were identified that are associated with an intrinsic activation and the aggressive phenotype of these cells. So far, no therapies targeting rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts exist. This review comprises recent research efforts that propose epigenetic mechanisms behind the activation of rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts and other cell types.

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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
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:15 Mar 2013 12:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:41
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1471-4892
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coph.2013.01.007
PubMed ID:23384968
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-76669

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