Modulation of Pathogenic B Cells through Inhibition of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases
Annual rept 20 Sep 2013-19 Sep 2014
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA
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This proposal will address the FY12 PRMRP topic area on lupus. Lupus is a life threatening disease that primarily affects women. Lupus patients develop antibodies that recognize proteins made by the body. This leads to tissue damage and complexes of the antibodies bound to the proteins can lodge in the kidneys resulting in damage to the filtering capacity of the kidney. The disease is most often managed using drugs that nonspecifically reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. However that leaves the patient susceptible to other types of infections. Lupus treatment could be improved by specifically targeting the B cells involved in making the self antibodies. This proposal outlines one possible approach that could help solve this problem.
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