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Membranous nephropathy is an immune-mediated disease and is the leading cause of nephrotic syndrome in adults. Here, the authors discuss the role of B cell-depleting regimens in the treatment of this disease and the potential use of rescue therapy with agents that target plasma cells, which might prevent antigen–antibody interactions and immune complex-mediated complement activation.
Original Article: Treatment of membranous nephropathy: time for a paradigm shiftNEXT ARTICLE
Blood is a specialized bodily fluid that delivers necessary substances to the body's cells (in animals) – such as nutrients and oxygen – and transports waste products away from those same cells. In vertebrates, it is composed of blo...
An antibody is a protein produced by the body's immune system when it detects harmful substances, called antigens. Examples of antigens include microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses) and chemicals. Antibodies may be produc...