Helminth therapy for organic diseases?

Transl Res. 2015 Dec;166(6):586-601. doi: 10.1016/j.trsl.2015.06.016. Epub 2015 Jul 3.


Autoimmune and chronic inflammatory organic diseases represent a "postindustrial revolution epidemics," and their frequency has increased dramatically in the last century. Today, it is assumed that the increase in hygiene standards reduced the interactions with helminth parasites that coevolved with the immune system and are crucial for its proper functioning. Several helminths have been proposed and tested in the search of the ideal therapeutic. In this review, the authors summarize the translational and clinical studies and review the caveats and possible solutions for the optimization of helminth therapies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autoimmune Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / therapy*
  • Mice
  • Therapy with Helminths*
  • Trichuris