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Christopher H. Contag

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  • Retroviral gene therapy of collagen-induced arthritis by local delivery of IL-4 CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY Tarner, I. H., Nakajima, A., Seroogy, C. M., Ermann, J., Levicnik, A., Contag, C. H., Fathman, C. G. 2002; 105 (3): 304-314


    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune arthritis, for which treatment options remain limited. This study investigated the potential role of adoptive cellular gene therapy as a novel means for treating the RA animal model collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). Adoptive transfer of antigen-specific T-cell hybridomas retrovirally transduced to express IL-4 1 day before booster immunization significantly reduced the number of inflamed joints. Cell transfer after clinical onset of disease had no therapeutic effect. Bioluminescence imaging showed that the hybridomas migrated to the inflamed joints, thus delivering the regulatory protein locally at the site of inflammation. The homing was, at least in part, due to chemotaxis in response to proinflammatory chemokines that are expressed in inflamed joints. There were no significant changes in the cytokine milieu of the draining lymph nodes, nor in the systemic levels of anti-collagen antibodies in treated mice. We conclude that the beneficial clinical effects observed in our model were most likely based on the local action(s) of IL-4 in the inflamed joints and that the local delivery (and effects) of regulatory cytokines, like IL-4, constitutes a novel and effective method of preventing organ-specific autoimmune disease and of minimizing systemic adverse effects.

    View details for DOI 10.1006/clim.2002.5299

    View details for Web of Science ID 000180187600008

    View details for PubMedID 12498812

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