TNF-alpha has proved to be a successful target in the treatment of many peripheral inflammatory diseases, but the same interventions worsen immune-mediated CNS disease. However, anti-TNF-alpha strategies may offer promise as therapy for non-immune CNS injury. In this study, we have microinjected IL-1beta or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) into the rat brain as a simple model of brain injury and have systemically administered the TNF-alpha antagonist etanercept to discover whether hepatic TNF-alpha, ...Expand abstract
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Immunomodulatory effects of etanercept in a model of brain injury act through attenuation of the acute-phase response.
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