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Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) promotes the inflammatory response, which in turn causes many of the clinical problems associated with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, psoriasis and refractory asthma. These disorders are sometimes treated by using a TNF inhibitor.

The global market for TNF inhibitors in 2007 was $10Bn, and in 2008 it was $13.5Bn.[1]



This inhibition can be achieved with a monoclonal antibody such as infliximab (Remicade), adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia), and golimumab (Simponi), or with a circulating receptor fusion protein such as etanercept (Enbrel).

While most clinically useful TNF inhibitors are monoclonal antibodies, some are simple molecules such as xanthine derivatives [2] (e.g. pentoxifylline [3]) and Bupropion [4]. Bupropion is the active ingredient in the smoking cessation aid Zyban and the antidepressant Wellbutrin.

Therapeutic applications


Skin disease

Clinical trials regarding the effectiveness of these drugs on hidradenitis suppurativa are currently ongoing.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This potential applicability of anti-TNF therapies in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is based on the recognition of the role of TNF-alpha as the "master regulator" (as coined by Marc Feldmann and Ravinder N. Maini, recipients of the 2003 Lasker Award for their anti-TNF research in rheumatoid arthritis) of the inflammatory response in many organ systems.[5] In the January 15, 2008 issue of the Journal of Immunology, a team from the University of Rochester observed[6] that "anti-TNF compounds help eliminate abnormal B cell activity in patients, raising the possibility that the drugs improve the health of patients in a way no one has realized before."[7]

Side effects

Opportunistic infections

Starting TNF inhibition puts patients at increased risk of opportunistic infections.


In patients with latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, active tuberculosis (TB) may develop soon after the initiation of treatment with infliximab.[8] Before prescribing the drug, physicians should screen patients for latent TB infection or disease. The anti-TNF monoclonal antibody biologics, Infliximab and adalimumab, and the fusion protein etanercept which are all currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human use, have label warnings which state that patients should be evaluated for latent TB infection and treatment should be initiated prior to starting therapy with these medications.

Fungal infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on September 4, 2008, that patients on TNF inhibitors are at increased risk of opportunistic fungal infections, such as pulmonary and disseminated histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, and blastomycosis. They encourage clinicians to consider empiric antifungal therapy in all patients at risk until the pathogen is identified.[9]

Anti-TNF agents in nature

TNF or the effects of TNF are also inhibited by a number of natural compounds, including curcumin[10][11][12][13] (a compound present in turmeric), and catechins (in green tea).


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  2. ^ Essayan DM. (2001). "Cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases.". J Allergy Clin Immunol. 108 (5): 671-80. doi:10.1067/mai.2001.119555. PMID 11692087.  
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  7. ^ A new view of drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis
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