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MedImmune Publishes New Data in Nature Immunology Demonstrating The,Role HMGB1 May Play in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases

dritic cells (pDCs) via the toll-like receptor 9 pathway (TLR9). Both B cells and pDCs are associated with immune system disorders such as lupus. The data also suggest that HMGB1 DNA-immune complexes augment production of inflammatory proteins by interacting with the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE).

About HMGB1

HMGB1, a pro-inflammatory protein secreted by different cell types, is part of the body's response to trauma and infection. HMGB1 is expressed at high levels beginning 12 to 72 hours after an injury, which is about the time inflammation-associated tissue damage begins. Because of the timing and duration of expression of HMGB1, it may be an important factor in the sequence of events that result in severe tissue damage following injury or during chronic inflammation.

About Lupus

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million Americans may suffer from some form of lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the body to attack its own tissues and organs, including the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. Treatments for lupus include anti-inflammatory drugs, antimalarials, corticosteroids and drugs approved for other purposes, such as immunosuppressive agents given to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or medicines developed to treat patients with arthritis. Lupus occurs about 10 times more frequently in adult females than adult males, and is two to three times more common among African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans.

About MedImmune, Inc.

MedImmune strives to provide better medicines to patients, new medical options for physicians, rewarding careers to employees, and increased value to shareholders. Dedicated to advancing science and medicine to help people live better lives, the company is focused on the areas of infectious diseases, cancer and inflammatory diseases. With more than 2,500 employees worldwide, MedImmune is headquartered in Maryland. For
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