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Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 2002 Aug-Oct;13(4-5):403-12.

The role of interleukin-10 in autoimmune disease: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Department of Experimental Pathology, DNAX Research Inc., 901 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1104, USA.


Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is an immunoregulatory cytokine that plays a crucial role in inflammatory and immune reactions. It has potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities on myeloid cell functions which forms a solid basis for its use in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. Here, we discuss the role of IL-10 in autoimmune diseases and examine its beneficial effects in cellular-based autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or its involvement in humoral-based autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Inhibition of the immune stimulatory activities of IL-10 may provide novel approaches in the treatment of humoral autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cancer.

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