Complement factor 5a as a therapeutic target

Woodruff, T.M., Proctor, L.M., Strachan, A.J. and Taylor, S.M. (2006) Complement factor 5a as a therapeutic target. Drugs of The Future, 31 4: 325-334. doi:10.1358/dof.2006.031.04.980656

Author Woodruff, T.M.
Proctor, L.M.
Strachan, A.J.
Taylor, S.M.
Title Complement factor 5a as a therapeutic target
Journal name Drugs of The Future   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0377-8282
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1358/dof.2006.031.04.980656
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 325
End page 334
Total pages 10
Place of publication Barcelona
Publisher Prous Science, Sa
Language eng
Subject C1
11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract The complement system is an innate immune defense mechanism that protects the host from infection and injury. Complement activation results in the formation of anaphylatoxins, including the biologically active protein C5a. This anaphylatoxin is a potent chemotactic agent for immune and inflammatory cells and induces cell activation. In situations of excessive or uncontrolled complement activation, the overproduction of C5a can cause deleterious effects to the host, and this process is implicated in the pathogenesis of numerous immunoinflammatory disease states, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, ischemia-reperfusion injuries and others. The presence of C5a in a wide variety of condition's has prompted many groups to examine the potential of inhibiting this complement activation product, with the aim of controlling these diseases and reducing the pathologic process. However, to date there is no clinically available specific C5a inhibitor and development of this new drug class is still in a relatively early stage, although limited phase I and phase II human clinical trials have been undertaken in the last few years with selected agents. In this review, examination of the current evidence supporting a specific role of C5a in selected disease states and an overview of potential therapeutic C5a inhibitors will enable the critical evaluation of the potential for C5a as a therapeutic target.
Keyword Pharmacology & Pharmacy
C5a Receptor Antagonist
Ischemia-reperfusion Injury
Membrane Attack Complex
Reduces Infarct Size
Anaphylatoxin C5a
Ischemia/reperfusion Injury
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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