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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jeroen Stoop,
Professor John Robinson,
Dr Catharien Hilkens
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One of the therapeutic strategies under development for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is based on reinstating immune tolerance by vaccination with autologous dendritic cells with potent tolerogenic function. These tolerogenic dendritic cells (TolDC) can be generated ex vivo and have beneficial therapeutic effects in animal models of arthritis. Although experimental animal models have been instrumental in the development of this novel immunotherapeutic tool, several outstanding questions regarding the application of TolDC remain to be addressed. This paper reviews what has been learnt to date from studying the therapeutic potential of TolDC in animal models of arthritis and discusses issues relating to preventive versus curative effects of TolDC, the antigen specificity of TolDC therapy, the route, dose and frequency of TolDC administration and the safety of TolDC treatment. Lessons learnt from animal models will aid the design of clinical trials with TolDC.
Author(s): Stoop JN, Robinson JH, Hilkens CMU
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Print publication date: 01/09/2011
ISSN (print): 0003-4967
Publisher: B M J PUBLISHING GROUP