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Innovative Therapeutic Strategies for Restoring Lymphocyte Functions in Septic Patients

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Septic syndromes still remain a major but largely under-recognized healthcare problem worldwide accounting for thousands of deaths every year. Despite numerous clinical trials, therapies have failed to mitigate the devastating effects of these conditions. It is now agreed that the initial hypotheses for sepsis pathophysiology have been misconstrued. Sepsis deeply perturbs immune homeostasis by concomitantly inducing a strong inflammatory response and a major antiinflammatory process, acting as a negative feedback. Several lines of evidences indicate that this inhibitory response secondly may be deleterious in patients who survived initial resuscitation, as it may be directly responsible for worsening outcome by decreasing resistance to secondary nosocomial infections. In this context, while the majority of clinical and basic science conducted so far has focused on innate immune cell depressed functions (especially monocytes), the contribution of T lymphocyte anergy has been somewhat ignored. This review focuses on lymphocyte dysfunctions described so far in patients and on potential new therapeutic strategies aimed at restoring a functional lymphocytic response after sepsis.

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Keywords: FOXP3; IL-7; Sepsis; apoptosis; immunosuppression; lymphocyte; septic shock

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2008

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  • Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments on the medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry of contemporary molecular targets involved in inflammation and allergy e.g. disease specific proteins, receptors, enzymes, genes. Each issue of the journal contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of current topics on drug targets involved in inflammation and allergy. As the discovery, identification, characterization and validation of novel human drug targets for anti-inflammation and allergy drug discovery continues to grow, this journal has become essential reading for all pharmaceutical scientists involved in drug discovery and development.
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