DUPIXENT Targets Immune Mediators Within the Type 2 Pathway Associated with Atopic Dermatitis1,2

IL-4 and IL-13 signaling contribute to perpetuating underlying Type 2 inflammation1-5

IL-4 and IL-13, among other Type 2 cytokines, lead to1,4-7:

  • IgE production
  • Weakening of the epidermal barrier, including reduction in antimicrobial peptides
  • Recruitment of mast cells and eosinophils

Helps Repair the Skin By Specifically Targeting a Source of Type 2 Inflammation1,2,4,8

DUPIXENT is the first and only treatment of its kind to inhibit the signaling of IL-4 and IL-13, Type 2 cytokines1,2


DUPIXENT targets immune mediators within the Type 2 pathway associated with atopic dermatitis.1,2
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Atopic dermatitis, or AD, is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that leads to dry, scaly, itchy skin and eczematous lesions. Moderate-to-severe AD is a potentially debilitating disease. The pathophysiology of AD is complex and multifactorial, involving immune and epidermal barrier components influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Patients with AD have a mix of lesional and nonlesional skin.

Though normal looking, nonlesional skin has persistent underlying inflammation due to activation of the immune system. In patients with AD, there are 2 main converging pathophysiological features: increased skin inflammation coupled with abnormalities of epidermal barrier structures and function.

Antigens are recognized by resident cells such as Langerhans cells and innate lymphoid type 2 cells and are presented to T cells in the skin and in lymph nodes driving immune inflammatory response in AD. This results in the initiation of a type 2, including Th2, immune response, such as IL-4, IL-13, and IL-31 release of chemokines. Cytokines that were historically known as Th2 cytokines, such as IL-4 and IL-13, are also produced by other cell types, including ILC2s, eosinophils, mast cells, basophils, and macrophages and are thus now known as type 2 cytokines.

In the acute phase of lesion development there is an increase in T cells and continued release of the type 2 cytokines IL-4 and IL-13, along with other cytokines and chemokines that promote inflammation. As the lesion progresses due to chronic disease, there is persistent type 2, including Th2, signaling. IL-4 and IL-13 are cytokines involved in the development of AD and play roles in the regulation of the immune response. IL-4 and IL-13 signal mainly through 2 receptor complexes.

The Type I receptor, consisting of IL-4Rα and γ-chain subunits, only binds IL-4. The Type II receptor, consisting of IL-4Rα and IL-13Rα1 subunits, is the primary receptor for IL-13 but also binds IL-4. In AD, increased levels of IL-4 and IL-13 lead to amplified signaling of type 2 cytokines and chemokines and activation of subsequent proinflammatory signaling pathways.

Dupilumab is a human monoclonal antibody that binds specifically to the IL-4Rα subunit of the receptor complexes for IL-4 and IL-13, two type 2 cytokines that play roles in the pathogenesis of AD. Dupilumab inhibits IL-4 signaling via the Type I receptor and both IL-4 and IL-13 signaling through the Type II receptor resulting in decreased IL-4 and IL-13 cytokine-induced responses, including the release of proinflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and IgE.

Identifying DUPIXENT Patients DUPIXENT may be an appropriate treatment for patients aged 12 years and older with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis. Identify Patients
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