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J Soc Biol. 1999;193(4-5):375-80.

[Glucocorticoids and acute phase proteins].

[Article in French]

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ICGM-INSERM U 332, 22, Paris.


Glucocorticoids as well as acute phase proteins participate in non-specific host defence as well as in restoring host integrity after injury. Plasma levels of both compounds augment during the inflammatory reaction. However, glucocorticoids also have physiological effects that share similar molecular mechanisms with the family of steroids. During the inflammatory reaction, and for participating in host defense, glucocorticoids, together with augmented cytokines, use new signalling pathways. In doing so, they participate in the positive or negative control of inflammatory mediator synthesis. For example, they induce the synthesis of acute phase proteins in synergy with interleukin 6, interleukin 1 and TNF alpha.

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