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Gout. Mechanisms of inflammation in gout

Nathalie Busso and Alexander So*

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Service de Rheumatologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Université de Lausanne, Avenue Pierre Decker, 1011 Lausanne, Suisse

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Arthritis Research & Therapy 2010, 12:206  doi:10.1186/ar2952

Published: 26 April 2010


An acute attack of gout is a paradigm of acute sterile inflammation, as opposed to pyogenic inflammation. Recent studies suggest that the triggering of IL-1β release from leucocytes lies at the heart of a cascade of processes that involves multiple cytokines and mediators. The NLRP3 inflammasome appears to have a specific role in this regard, but the biochemical events leading to its activation are still not well understood. We review the known mechanisms that underlie the inflammatory process triggered by urate crystals and suggest areas that require further research.