The endoplasmic reticulum chaperone; heat shock protein/rheumatoid arthritis-related antigen (HSP47/RA-A47), in addition to its important intercellular functions for collagen maturation and secretion, has chondrocytes-destructive roles such as induction of endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress and metabolic gene expressions result in apoptosis when HSP47/RA-A47 is downregulated. Extracellular HSP47/RA-A47 may act as an autoantigen, but also regulate autoimmune inflammation. It is, therefore, a potential new biologic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2006|
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