Dr. Daniela Cihakova of Johns Hopkins University

Awarded grant in 2007

The Role of Monocytes in Autoimmune Myocarditis

Dr. Daniela Cihakova of Johns Hopkins University

“We have assembled evidence that EAM is driven in part by the Th17 pathway in the mouse; however, in the absence of IL-17A an equally severe disease can be driven through the Th1 pathway. It is not yet known whether IL-17 plays a similarly dominant role in the pathogenesis of human myocarditis. Given a lack of immunomodulatory treatments for myocarditis, blocking of the IL-23/IL-17 pathway could be very attractive option. Thus, in myocarditis different pathways can result in comparable disease (Cihakova et al., 2008)’’