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Papers: 29 Apr 2023 - 5 May 2023


Human Studies, Neurobiology, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Itch, Psychological/Comorbidities

2023 Apr 25

Actas Dermosifiliogr


Janus Kinase Inhibitors in Atopic Dermatitis: New Perspectives.


Mónica MC, Manuel CJ


The JAK/STAT (Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription) pathway is an essential final step in the signaling process of most interleukins with a critical role in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis. By achieving broad, intermittent inhibition of the activity of multiple cytokines, JAK inhibitors help modulate T helper 2 cell-mediated inflammation, epidermal barrier dysfunction, and itch signaling. This comprehensive blockade, however, can result in a wider range of adverse effects. We review a number of JAK inhibitors that have been recently approved for use in atopic dermatitis, such as baricitinib, upadacitinib, and abrocitinib, as well as others that are currently in the pipeline or under development, such as gusacitinib, delgocitinib, ruxolitinib, brepocitinib, tofacitinib, and cerdulatinib. The use of JAK inhibitors to block the signaling of numerous cytokines with a critical role in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis has revolutionized the treatment of this pathogenically complex, phenotypically heterogeneous skin disease.