Antibody-Based Biotherapeutics in Inflammatory Diseases

  • Honghui ZhouEmail author
  • Yan Xu
  • Amarnath Sharma


Inflammatory diseases encompass a broad and diverse spectrum of serious chronic disorders, many of which have significant need for safe and effective pharmacotherapies. The conventional drugs used to treat immune-mediated inflammatory diseases include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, sulfasalazine, 5-aminosalicylates, methotrexate, azathioprine, and 6-mercaptopurine which have exhibited limited efficacy with significant side effects. The initial rationale and promise of antibody-based biotherapeutics, such as monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), was focused on oncology and organ transplantation. Over the last two decades, there has been significant success in developing a number of antibody-based biotherapeutics as a very effective and relatively safe treatment for several inflammatory diseases, and this area of research and development is rapidly expanding. Five of the top-selling mAbs are for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.


Inflammation Anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha Rheumatoid arthritis Psoriasis Inflammatory bowel disease Lupus erythematosus 


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  1. 1.Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, Janssen Research and DevelopmentSpring HouseUSA

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