Janus kinase inhibitors, also known as JAK inhibitors or jakinibs, are a type of medication that functions by inhibiting the activity of one or more of the Janus kinase family of enzymes (JAK1, JAK2, JAK3, TYK2), thereby interfering with the JAK-STAT signaling pathway.
These inhibitors have therapeutic application in the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. There is interest in their use for various skin conditions. JAK3 inhibitors are attractive as a possible treatment of various autoimmune diseases since its functions is mainly restricted to lymphocytes. Development for a selective JAK3 inhibitor is ongoing as of 2017.
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