Belimumab in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus and other conditions


Authors: H. Ciferská 1;  D. Tegzová 1;  J. Vachek 2
Authors‘ workplace: Revmatologický Ústav, Praha a Revmatologická klinika 1. LF UK, Praha 1;  Nefrologická klinika, Všeobecná fakultní nemocnice 1. LF UK, Praha 2
Published in: Čes. Revmatol., 22, 2014, No. 4, p. 124-132.
Category: Original Papers

Overview

Belimumab is a fully human recombinant IgG1λ monoclonal antibody that blocks the binding of soluble BLyS (soluble B lymphocyte stimulator) on B lymphocytes. Belimumab is the first drug of biological nature approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and the EMA (European Medicines Agency) for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). To date, it is intended for patients without renal or neurological manifestations of SLE. Belimumab has also been tested in other autoimmune diseases (Sjögren's syndrome, ANCA-associated vasculitis) and other conditions. This work aims to provide clear information about belimumab (pharmacological properties, indications and clinical studies), and demonstrate its efficacy in the treatment of SLE using a case report.

Key words:
Belimumab, biological therapy, systemic lupus erythematosus, BLyS, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, ANCA associated vasculitis


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