IgG-degrading enzyme ofStreptococcus pyogenes(IdeS) prevents disease progression and facilitates improvement in a rabbit model of Guillain-Barré syndrome

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Autoantibodies binding to peripheral nerves followed by complement deposition and membrane attack complex formation results in nerve damage in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Strategies to remove the pathogenic autoantibodies or block the complement deposition benefit most patients with GBS. Immunoglobulin G-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus pyogenes (IdeS) is a cysteine protease which cleaves IgG antibodies into F(ab′)2 and Fc fragments. In this study, using a rabbit model of axonal GBS, acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN), we demonstrated that IdeS treatment significantly reduced the disruption of Nav channels as well as activated C3 deposition at the anterior spinal root nodes of Ranvier in AMAN rabbits. IdeS significantly promoted the clinical recovery of AMAN rabbits and there were significant lower frequencies of axonal degeneration in anterior spinal roots of AMAN rabbits with IdeS treatment compared to the saline controls. Our data support that IdeS treatment is a promising therapeutic strategy for GBS.

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