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In Vivo Pharmacology

    Fidelta Webinar – Immunopathology and preclinical modelling of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic and relapsing, autoimmune disease characterized by a break-down of self-tolerance that leads to tissue inflammation and multiorgan damage. Mouse models of lupus are not only an indispensable tool for studying lupus immunopathogenesis but also serve as a powerful system for fast screening of new SLE treatments in order to evaluate their safety and efficacy prior to clinical trials. Due to the extensive heterogenicity of clinical manifestations of SLE in humans, each mouse model displays only specific attributes of the human lupus phenotype. The webinar gives an insight into the most commonly used mouse models of SLE, highlighting their similarities and differences and discussing the advantages of using one model over the other and tailoring it for specific needs in preclinical research in the context of our current understanding of the immunopathogenesis of SLE.