Reduction of human anti-tetanus toxoid antibody in hu-PBL-SCID mice by immunodominant peptides of tetanus toxoid

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SUMMARYImmunotherapy of murine autoimmune and allergic diseases by administration of peptides corresponding to the dominant T cell epitope is a reality. However, problems remain in applying this therapy to reduce antibody responses in humans. To overcome these difficulties, a preclinical system was developed to test the effect of immunodominant peptides from a common antigen, tetanus toxoid (TT), on the long-term human anti-TT response. Individuals whose T cells proliferated against dominant TT peptides were identified. Peripheral blood leucocytes (PBL) from these donors were injected intraperitoneally (i.p.) into mice with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) that had been depleted of murine natural killer (NK) cells (hu-PBL-SCID mice). Peptides or PBS were injected i.p. before a further injection of PBL and immunization with TT. The concentration of human IgG and anti-TT in murine plasma was followed for 10 weeks. The total IgG was similar in both groups. By contrast, there was a statistically significant reduction in IgG anti-TT from eight weeks onwards. It is considered that the hu-PBL-SCID model system may provide a means by which the efficacy of peptide immunotherapy for reduction of pathological antibodies in humans can be examined.

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