Introduction: Anti-TNF agents are the mainstay of therapy in patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) not responding to 5-aminosalisylic acid, corticosteroids, immunmodulators and for patients dependent on corticosteroids. There is a therapeutic gap of 30%- 60% with infliximab and adalimumab, which is required to be bridged by newer agents. The present review summarizes the literature on the role of golimumab, a new anti TNF agent, in ulcerative colitis.
Areas covered: Literature search was done on PubMed using the search terms 'golimumab' AND 'ulcerative colitis' from inception till March 2016. Golimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody against TNF-α, was approved by FDA for clinical use in UC in 2013. In vitro studies showed golimumab to be better than infliximab and adalimumab in terms of affinity and neutralization of TNF-α and its conformational stability. Golimumab was found to be effective and safe in inducing and maintaining clinical remission, clinical response and mucosal healing in patients with UC in the two registration trials. Expert commentary: Although there is no difference in terms of efficacy between golimumab, infliximab and adalimumab, golimumab is better than infliximab in terms of route of administration (subcutaneous vs intravenous) and better than adalimumab in terms of frequency of dosing (4 weeks vs 2 weeks).
Keywords: Inflammatory bowel disease; activity; induction of remission; maintenance of remission; tumor necrosis factor α.