Biotechnological agents for the immunotherapy of multiple sclerosis. Principles, problems and perspectives

Brain. 1997 May;120 ( Pt 5):865-916. doi: 10.1093/brain/120.5.865.


Based on exciting results in animal models, a number of novel immunotherapies employing biotechnological products, rather than conventional immunosuppressants, are being developed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The first part of this article is a review of some fundamental concepts of immunology and offers a hypothetical scenario for the immunopathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. The second part provides a critical overview of various immunotherapies relying on modern biotechnology. For each approach, the underlying immunological principles, experimental and clinical evidence, and foreseeable problems are separately addressed. Thus, it is hoped that this article serves a dual purpose, namely to provide an update on recent advances in immunology, and to serve as a useful source of reference to immunotherapies holding promise for future treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Products / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy*
  • Multiple Sclerosis / therapy*


  • Biological Products