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Brodalumab: an evidence-based review of its potential in the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis

Authors Coimbra S, Figueiredo A, Santos-Silva A

Received 21 May 2014

Accepted for publication 13 June 2014

Published 21 July 2014 Volume 2014:9 Pages 89—97


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Susana Coimbra,1,2 Américo Figueiredo,3 Alice Santos-Silva2,4

1CESPU (Advanced Polytechnic and University Cooperative), Institute of Research and Advanced Training in Health Sciences and Technologies, Gandra-PRD, 2IBMC, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Porto, Porto, 3Service of Dermatology, Hospital and University Centre of Coimbra (CHUC), University of Coimbra, Coimbra, 4Biochemistry Laboratory, Biological Sciences Department, Faculty of Pharmacy (FFUP), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Abstract: Advances in knowledge regarding the pathogenesis of psoriasis have allowed the development of a new class of agents known as biologic drugs. Data confirm that T helper (Th)17 and interleukin (IL)-17 signaling has a crucial role in the pathogenesis of the disease. High levels of IL-17 and Th17-related cytokines have been reported in psoriasis, leading to the suggestion of agents targeting IL-17 as a potential therapeutic strategy in psoriasis. Brodalumab is a human monoclonal antibody that targets IL-17 receptor A, blocking the effects of IL-17A, IL-17F, and IL-17E. Data from Phase I and Phase II clinical trials indicate that brodalumab has a favorable safety and tolerability profile, with strong clinical activity, suggesting that it is a potential tool for use in the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

Keywords: interleukin-17, interleukin-17 receptor, monoclonal antibody, T helper 17 pathway

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