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Spotlight on brodalumab in the treatment of plaque psoriasis: the evidence to date

Authors Galluzzo M, D'Adamio S, Massaro A, Piccolo A, Bianchi L, Talamonti M

Received 23 October 2018

Accepted for publication 15 February 2019

Published 1 May 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 311—321


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

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M Galluzzo,* S D’Adamio,* A Massaro, A Piccolo, L Bianchi, M Talamonti

Dermatology, Department of “Medicina dei Sistemi”, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: The IL-17/IL-23 axis is now understood to influence psoriasis, and the development of novel IL-17 inhibitor medications marks a sea change in the treatment of psoriasis. Brodalumab is a recombinant, fully human immunoglobulin IgG2 monoclonal antibody specifically targeted against IL-17RA. This article discusses the mechanism of action and the efficacy and safety profile of brodalumab presented in the literature. Brodalumab, the latest approved anti-IL-17-class medication, is the only one that exerts its effects on IL-17C as well as on IL-17A and IL-17F, blocking the shared IL-17 receptor A. In this sense, considering the recent evidence, brodalumab could have beneficial effects not only on psoriasis, but also on atopic dermatitis. It could also serve as a therapeutic alternative in patients who develop paradoxical eczematous reactions or atopic-like dermatitis during treatment with other anti-IL-17A (secukinumab, ixekizumab).

Keywords: psoriasis, biologics, anti-IL17RA, brodalumab, PASI100, atopic dermatitis

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