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Address reprint requests to: Jack L Arbiser, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine, WMB 5309, 1639 Pierce Drive Atlanta, GA 30322, Email: jarbise@emory.edu

Disclosures: Drs. Kirsner, Bhandarkar, and Arbiser and Mr. Fried have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.


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JLA was supported by the grant RO1 AR47901 and P30 AR42687 Emory Skin Disease Research Core Center Grant from the National Institutes of Health, a Veterans Administration Hospital Merit Award.

Efficacy of Rapamycin in Scleroderma: A Case Study


Journal Title:

Lymphatic Research and Biology


Volume 6, Number 3-4


, Pages 217-219

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Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


Scleroderma is a common autoimmune disorder with no effective therapy. Current concepts of scleroderma include the hypothesis that scleroderma results from excess conversion of endothelial cells to fibroblast like cells, called endothelial mesenchymal transformation. This process is thought to be mediated by cytokines including transforming growth factor beta (TGFb), which causes increased collagen synthesis, resulting in fibrosis, the hallmark of the disease. In vitro studies have hypothesized that rapamycin may be of benefit in scleroderma due to antagonism of collagen synthesis. Given that rapamycin has antiangiogenic activities, inhibits wound healing, and prevents the synthesis of collagen in vivo, we tried rapamycin in a patient with scleroderma. We observed rapid improvement in skin stiffness and mobility. Our results provide the rationale for larger clinical trials of rapamycin in scleroderma and other fibrotic disorders.

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