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Therapeutic prospect of Syk inhibitors.

BACKGROUND: The non-receptor spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk; EC is involved in signal transduction in a variety of cell types. In particular, it is a key mediator of immune receptors signaling in host inflammatory cells (B cells, mast cells, macrophages and neutrophils), important for both allergic and antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases. Deregulated Syk kinase activity also allows growth factor-independent proliferation and transforms bone marrow-derived pre-B cells that are able to induce leukemia. Consequently, the development of Syk kinase inhibitors could conceivably treat these disorders and so they have became a major focus in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. OBJECTIVE: In this review, we analyze the structure and role of Syk kinase, the use of small molecules, interacting with ATP-binding site, as inhibitors of kinase activity and finally the potential of using inhibitors of Syk kinase expression to attenuate pathological conditions. CONCLUSION: Syk kinase inhibition is suggested as a powerful tool for the therapy of different pathologies.[1]


  1. Therapeutic prospect of Syk inhibitors. Ruzza, P., Biondi, B., Calderan, A. Expert. Opin. Ther. Pat (2009) [Pubmed]
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