Neutralization of cytokine activity by monoclonal antibodies or receptor antagonists is beneficial in the treatment of immune and neoplastic diseases, but the necessity for continuous parenteral delivery of these anticytokine agents poses considerable practical limitations. A viable alternative is to induce a neutralizing antibody response. Using transgenic mice with high circulating levels of human interleukin-6 (hIL-6), we show that injection of the hIL-6 receptor antagonist Sant1 (an IL-6 valiant with seven amino-acid substitutions) induces a strong anti-hIL-6 antibody response. The elicited antibodies bind circulating hIL-6 with very high affinity, totally masking it, and neutralize hIL-6 bioactivity both in vitro and in vivo.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1997|
- Receptor antagonist
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