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Title: Immunological and histological evaluation of clinical samples from psoriasis patients treated with anti-CD6 itolizumab
Authors: Aira, Lazaro E ×
López-Requena, Alejandro
Fuentes, Dasha
Sánchez, Liset
Pérez, Teresita
Urquiza, Aleida
Bautista, Heber
Falcón, Leopoldina
Hernández, Patricia
Mazorra, Zaima #
Issue Date: 4-Mar-2014
Series Title: mAbs vol:6 issue:3 pages:783-93
Article number: 10.4161/mabs.28376
Abstract: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease with a prevalence of approximately 2-3% in the general population. The majority of diagnosed patients have plaque psoriasis, and about 20% have moderate-to-severe disease. Itolizumab, a new monoclonal antibody specific for the CD6 molecule mainly expressed on T lymphocytes, has demonstrated to inhibit in vitro ligand-induced proliferation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production. We assessed the immunological and histopathological effect of the antibody using clinical samples taken from 26 patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis included in a clinical trial. The precursor frequency of lymphocytes activated with anti-CD2/CD3/CD28 beads, as well as the number of interferon (IFN)-γ-secreting T cells after stimulation, were measured at different time points of the study. Serum cytokine levels and anti-idiotypic antibody response to itolizumab were also evaluated. Additionally, lymphocyte infiltration and epidermis hyperplasia were studied in five patients. A significant reduction in T cell proliferation capacity and number of IFN-γ-producing T cells was found in treated patients. Serum levels of interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor and IFN-γ showed an overall trend toward reduction. No anti-idiotypic antibody response was detected. A significant reduction in the epidermis hyperplasia was observed in analyzed patients. These results support the relevance of the CD6 molecule as a therapeutic target for the treatment of this disease.
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ISSN: 1942-0862
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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