Risankizumab for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis

Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2019 Jan;19(1):1-8. doi: 10.1080/14712598.2019.1551354. Epub 2018 Nov 27.


Introduction: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder pathogenically mediated by multiple cytokines, including interleukin (IL)-23, IL-17, and TNF. An emerging class of therapeutics that selectively blocks IL-23 has been developed. Among these new agents, risankizumab is now being investigated in phase III clinical trials, and the preliminary data are promising in inducing an excellent clinical response. Areas covered: This review aims to describe the pathogenic role of IL-23 in psoriasis and to collect clinical data related to the efficacy and safety of risankizumab, an anti-IL-23p19 agent, in the treatment of psoriasis. Expert opinion: Risankizumab showed high response rates in reaching complete or almost complete clearance of psoriasis. When compared to other similarly effective drugs, it may show some advantages related to its mechanism of action (direct blockade of the main pathogenic pathway), safety (no impact on the immune surveillance against Candida infection), therapeutic regimen (every-12-week injections), and effectiveness in the treatment of immune-mediated psoriasis comorbid conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis and Crohn's disease.

Keywords: IL-23; Psoriasis; biologic; pathogenesis; risankizumab.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Drug Approval
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-23 / immunology
  • Interleukin-23 / metabolism
  • Protein Subunits / immunology
  • Protein Subunits / metabolism
  • Psoriasis / drug therapy*
  • Psoriasis / immunology
  • Psoriasis / pathology
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Interleukin-23
  • Protein Subunits
  • risankizumab