Rituximab-based novel strategies for the treatment of immune-mediated glomerular diseases

Andrea G. Kattah, Fernando C. Fervenza, Dario Roccatello

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Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody to the CD20 antigen on B-cells that was initially designed and approved for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphoma in 1997.In the last 15. years, it has emerged as a potent immunosuppressant for many immune-mediated diseases, beginning initially with rheumatoid arthritis, and now extending into several other fields, including clinical nephrology. Based on recent large clinical trials, it is FDA-approved for the treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitis and continues to be studied in off-label usage for many glomerular diseases, including membranous nephropathy, lupus nephritis, and mixed cryoglobulinemia. It has been used as a treatment in nephrotic syndrome in children and adults, including both minimal change disease and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Given its efficacy, tolerability and safety profile in comparison to more conventional treatment regimens, RTX is rapidly emerging as a critical treatment modality in glomerular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-859
Number of pages6
JournalAutoimmunity Reviews
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • ANCA
  • Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Membranous nephropathy
  • Minimal change disease
  • Mixed cryoglobulinemia
  • Rituximab
  • Vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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