Understanding IFN lambda in rheumatoid arthritis

Rik Groen, BS Liu, Andre Boonstra

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Unraveling the mechanisms underlying the inflammatory response in rheumatoid arthritis is crucial in order to better understand the disease and to develop novel therapeutic approaches. Although the effect of type I interferons on fibroblasts and in the context of rheumatoid arthritis has been described for some time, little is known on the effects of the type III interferons, also known as IFN lambda. In a previous issue, Xu and colleagues demonstrate that one of the members of the IFN. family, IFN lambda 1, enhances Toll-like receptor expression and consequently promotes the production of proinflammatory cytokines known to be involved in initiating and maintaining the inflammatory responses in rheumatoid arthritis.
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JournalArthritis Research & Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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