Molecular Characteristics of Autoimmune Pancreatitis
For many years, a pathological immune response has been implicated in the development of chronic pancreatitis. However, only in the last decade autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) has been recognized as a distinct entity with typical histopathological and immunological findings. AIP is frequently associated with other autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren's syndrome, sclerosing extra-hepatic cholangitis and retroperitoneal fibrosis. Although AIP is rare, improved diagnostics is of significant clinical interest because of the prompt response to steroid treatment. In this review, we describe the characteristic features of AIP and focus on the molecular pathogenesis of the disease.
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Medical Faculty, University of Rostock, E.-Heydemann-Str. 6, 18057 Rostock, Germany.
Publication date: October 1, 2006
More about this publication?
- Current Pharmaceutical Design publishes timely in-depth reviews covering all aspects of current research in rational drug design. Each issue is devoted to a single major therapeutic area. A Guest Editor who is an acknowledged authority in a therapeutic field has solicits for each issue comprehensive and timely reviews from leading researchers in the pharmaceutical industry and academia.
Each thematic issue of Current Pharmaceutical Design covers all subject areas of major importance to modern drug design, including: medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, drug targets and disease mechanism.
- Editorial Board
- Information for Authors
- Subscribe to this Title
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites