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Complement system and age-related macular degeneration: drugs and challenges

Authors Wu J, Sun X

Received 22 February 2019

Accepted for publication 1 July 2019

Published 19 July 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 2413—2425


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Sukesh Voruganti

Jiali Wu,1 Xiaodong Sun1–3

1Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Shanghai Key Laboratory of Fundus Disease, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 3Shanghai Engineering Center for Visual Science and Photomedicine, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is directly attributable to vision loss, posing significant pressure on public health. AMD is recognized to be a multi-factorial disease and among them, complement system is under heated discussion in recent years. In this review, we start with an overview of complement pathways involved in AMD and their therapies correspondingly. Finally, we discuss the development of the therapeutics existed now. Also, we enclose a list of drugs undergoing clinical trials.

Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, inflammation, complement system, immunotherapy

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