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2024 Feb 07

J Drug Target


Nanomedicine targeted anti-inflammatory therapy to deal with the “crux” of rheumatoid arthritis.


An M, Zhang J, Zhang X, Zhao Y, Liu Y


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic and complex autoimmune disease that is marked by an inflammatory response, synovial hyperplasia, vascularization, fascial formation, cartilage and bone destruction, which can lead to joint deformity and even loss of function, ultimately affecting a person’s health and quality of life. Although the pathogenesis of RA is unclear, growing evidence suggests that inflammation-associated cells infiltrate joints, causeing tissue damage, inflammation and pain. This disruption in the balance between host tolerance and immune homeostasis the progression of RA. Existing drug therapy and surgical treatments for RA are unable to completely cure the disease or reverse its accelerated progression. Therefore, the design and development of an appropriate and effective drug delivery system will substantially improve the therapeutic effect. In this review, by describing the inflammatory microenvironment of rheumatoid arthritis and the associated inflammatory cells, the progress of targeting strategies and applications of nanotechnology in the disease is summarized, which will be helpful in providing new ideas for the subsequent treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.