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Incidence of bullous pemphigoid (BP), the main pemphigoid disease, has increased over the past decades. Despite growing insights into pathogenic mechanisms, treatment is still based on systemic immunosuppression. Furthermore, overall mortality is significantly increased, which can be at least partially attributed to immunosuppressive therapy. Other pemphigoid diseases are also still difficult to treat. Hence, there is a so far unmet need for novel treatment options in patients with pemphigoid disease. Based on recent advances in understanding pathogenesis, several novel potential therapeutic targets have emerged. Interestingly, for some of these targets, lead compounds have been developed. Here, we review emerging therapeutic targets for pemphigoid diseases and discuss which compounds are likely be used in the future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Molecular Medicine
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)501-512
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2013


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