Bimekizumab: a dual IL-17A and IL-17F inhibitor for the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
Author(s) Ali Z.; Al-Janabi A.; Warren R.B.; Matthews R.
Source Expert Review of Clinical Immunology; 2021; vol. 17 (no. 10); p. 1073-1081
Publication Date 2021
Introduction: Interleukin (IL)-17 is critical in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) with most data suggesting that IL-17A alone was the key cytokine. However, in vitro and in vivo studies have suggested dual blockade of IL-17A and IL-17 F may be more effective than IL-17 A blockade alone. Bimekizumab is the first human monoclonal antibody to exert simultaneous specific inhibition of IL-17A and IL-17 F, and has been studied in several phase II/III trials for psoriasis and PsA. Areas covered: Bimekizumab is not currently licensed for use. A literature search identified clinical trials examining the efficacy and safety of bimekizumab for psoriasis and PsA, and these were critically appraised. Expert opinion: Clinical trials of bimekizumab have been promising, demonstrating a rapid onset of response and superior efficacy compared to three currently licensed biologics: secukinumab, ustekinumab, and adalimumab. Bimekizumab maintains a high level of efficacy with maintenance dosing intervals of 8 weeks, compared with 4 weeks for currently licensed IL-17A antagonists. No unexpected adverse events have been identified, although mild-to-moderate fungal infections occur in approximately 10%. Studies over longer time periods involving additional active comparators would be valuable in further defining the role of bimekizumab amongst currently available treatments.
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