Targeting cytokines to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Cytokines play a key role in orchestrating and perpetuating the chronic airway inflammation in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), making them attractive targets for treating these disorders. Asthma and some cases of COPD are mainly driven by type 2 immune responses, which comprise increased airway eosinophils, T helper 2 (TH2) cells and group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) and the secretion of IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13. Clinical trials of antibodies that block these interleukins have shown reduced acute exacerbations and oral corticosteroid use and improvements in lung function and symptoms in selected patients. More recent approaches that block upstream cytokines, such as thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), show promise in improving patient outcome. Importantly, the clinical trials in cytokine blockade have highlighted the crucial importance of patient selection for the successful use of these expensive therapies and the need for biomarkers to better predict drug responses.
Response to 'Evolving M-protein pattern in patients with smoldering multiple myeloma: impact on early progression'
Response to 'Evolving M-protein pattern in patients with smoldering multiple myeloma: impact on early progression', Published online: 25 May 2018; doi:10.1038/s41375-018-0155- ... more
Coppery inks paint an underwater rainbow
Coppery inks paint an underwater rainbow, Published online: 25 May 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05282-y
Inexpensive version of luminescent pigment shrugs off water. more
Previous studies suggested that MeCP2 competes with linker histone H1, but this hypothesis has never been tested in vivo. Here, we performed chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing (ChIP-seq) of Flag-tagged-H1.0 in mouse forebrain excitatory neurons. Unexpectedly, Flag-H1.0 and ... more
Olympus Microscopy has partnered with the Nature Publishing Group to present the Neurotechniques Collection. This compilation of articles will draw together some of the groundbreaking research that has recently been published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience and Nature Methods. Sponsored by O ... more