Targeting chemokine receptors in chronic inflammatory diseases: an extensive review

Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Jan;133(1):1-18. doi: 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2011.06.008. Epub 2011 Aug 1.


The traffic of the different types of immune cells is an important aspect in the immune response. Chemokines are soluble peptides that are able to attract cells by interaction with chemokine receptors on their target cells. Several different chemokines and receptors exist enabling the specific trafficking of different immune cells. In chronic inflammatory disorders there is abundance of immune cells present at the inflammatory site. This review focuses on the role of chemokine receptors in chronic inflammatory disorders of the lungs, intestine, joints, skin and nervous system and the potential of targeting these receptors as therapeutic intervention in these disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Atherosclerosis / immunology
  • Autoimmune Diseases / immunology
  • Chemokines / immunology*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / immunology*
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / immunology
  • Lung Diseases / immunology
  • Psoriasis / immunology
  • Receptors, Chemokine / immunology*


  • Chemokines
  • Receptors, Chemokine