136 страниц. 2015 год. Scholars' Press Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease leading to in?ammatory tissue damage in multiple organs (e.g., lupus nephritis). Current treatments including steroids, antimalarials, and immunosuppressive drugs have signi?cant side effects. There is an unmet medical need for new drugs with less side effects. We evaluated the role of two proteases, namely activated protein C (aPC) and cathepsin S (Cat S), in the pathogenesis of SLE in MRL-Fas(lpr) mice.