Insights into pathogenesis and clinical implications in myositis-associated interstitial lung diseases

Toyoshi Yanagihara, Yoshikazu Inoue

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) have been reported to be associated with myositis (including polymyositis and dermatomyositis). These myositis-associated ILDs carry significant morbidity and mortality. This review summarizes recent findings on myositis-associated ILD with a focus on pathogenesis and emerging treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent advances in genetics have revealed 22 myositis-associated genome-wide loci, which were significantly enriched in regulatory regions in immune cells. An analysis of such disease-associated loci elucidated potential drug targets (e.g., TYK2 targeted by tofacitinib). In another study, an intronic variant in WDFY4 in association with clinically amyopathic dermatomyositis (CADM) had an effect for higher expression of a truncated WDFY4 isoform. Truncated WDFY4 markedly enhanced the MDA5-mediated NF-κB activation and cell apoptosis, indicating the dysregulated WDFY4-MDA5 pathway as a novel pathogenesis of CADM. As a novel strategy, tofacitinib treatment showed a promising improvement in survival and clinical features of CADM-associated ILD. SUMMARY: The genetic differences in the myositis-susceptible loci may explain the heterogeneous phenotypes and treatment responses in myositis-associated ILD. The understanding of pathogenesis with the genetic background as well as autoantibodies will enable the practice of personalized treatment in the management of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-517
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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