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Therapeutic potential of phages in autoimmune liver diseases

 

A. Górski, E. Jończyk‐Matysiak, M. Łusiak‐Szelachowska, B. Weber‐Dąbrowska, R. Międzybrodzki, and J. Borysowski

Therapeutic potential of phages in autoimmune liver diseases

Clin Exp Immunol. 2018 Apr; 192(1): 1–6. doi: 10.1111/cei.13092

SUMMARY

Autoimmune liver disease (ALD) poses a difficult medical challenge, as there is a significant number of patients in whom current therapy offers questionable or no benefit, yet its side effects may be serious, including the development of malignancy. Bacterial viruses (phages) have been recognized increasingly as immunomodulators contributing to immune homeostasis and curbing inflammation. Accumulating data suggest that phages may be useful in immunotherapy of ALD. Phages have been shown to down‐regulate the expression and/or production and activity of factors associated with hepatic injury [reactive oxygen species, Toll‐like receptor (TLR)‐4 activation, nuclear factor kappa B (NF‐κB) activation, proinflammatory and procoagulant activities of platelets] and up‐regulate the expression and/or production of factors demonstrated as playing a protective role [interleukin (IL)‐10, IL‐1 receptor antagonist].