More MS news articles for September 2002

The role of interleukin-10 in autoimmune disease: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and multiple sclerosis (MS)

Cytokine Growth Factor Rev 2002 Aug;13(4-5):403
Beebe A, Cua D, de Waal Malefyt R.
Department of Experimental Pathology, DNAX Research Inc., 901 California Avenue, 94304-1104, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is an immunoregulatory cytokine that plays a crucial role in inflammatory and immune reactions.

It has potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities on myeloid cell functions which forms a solid basis for its use in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases.

Here, we discuss the role of IL-10 in autoimmune diseases and examine its beneficial effects in cellular-based autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or its involvement in humoral-based autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Inhibition of the immune stimulatory activities of IL-10 may provide novel approaches in the treatment of humoral autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cancer.