Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder. It stands at the focus of medical interest: basic scientists, clinicians and innovative biotechnologists all pay attention to lupus. Authors of this article present the novel scientific results on the etiopathogenesis, clinical and laboratory characteristics of SLE. Furthermore, authors discuss diagnostic problems and the possible therapeutic modalities. One of the most important results is the characterisation and mapping of the susceptibility genes as well as the analysis of their functional features. More and more is known about the relationship between natural and adaptive immunity, about the cooperation of T and B cells. The abnormalities of intracellular biochemical processes and signal transduction pathways have been cleared. The importance of cytokine network and infective agents in the pathogenesis of SLE has largely been investigated recently. With regards to the outcome of the disease, there is growing attention paid on chronic organ damages, such as end-stage renal disease, osteoporosis and atherosclerosis - in connection with the increased life expectancy. Evidence accumulates on the importance of immune-inflammatory processes in the initiation and perpetuation of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis. There is an urgent need for validated biomarkers which can predict the susceptibility, prognosis, clinical manifestations, activity and severity of SLE. To follow and measure the effectiveness of treatment is also required. Although the principals of lupus management have not changed, novel immune modulators, biological therapy and non-medical treatments (e.g. stem-cell transplantation) have become available. Further research and clinical observations may help to find the real place of such therapeutics.
|Translated title of the contribution||Novel results on systemic lupus erythematosus|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2005|
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