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Selective elimination of pathogenic synovial fluid T-cells from Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis by targeted activation of Fas-apoptotic signaling.
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PMID:  21514322     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) elimination of autoreactive T-cells by FasL/Fas-mediated Activation-Induced Cell Death (AICD) appears to be inhibited resulting in the perpetuation of the inflammatory response and concomitant progressive tissue destruction. Here, we report on a novel strategy that aims to overcome the local inhibition of AICD by using rationally designed recombinant fusion proteins in which sFasL is genetically fused to a T-cell selective targeting domain. The series included sFasL fusion proteins with engineered binding specificity for various T-cell surface-expressed proteins including CD7, CD28, RANKL and CD40L. The proposed mode of action is that selective binding of a given sFasL fusion protein results in its accretion at the cell surface of T-cells only, displaying a surplus of sFasL that is available to reactivate AICD in pathogenic synovial T-cells. Of the series of T-cell targeting FasL fusion proteins a CD7-targeted fusion protein, designated scFvCD7:sFasL, proved to be the most potent, with significant pro-apoptotic activity towards synovial fluid T-cells in all patient samples tested (RA; n=22: JIA; n=6). Treatment with scFvCD7:sFasL induced up to 80% apoptosis in CD3-positive synovial T-cells. Importantly, scFvCD7:sFasL potently activated Fas-signaling in synovial T(H1)-cells as well as synovial T(reg) cells, but not in synovial T(H2) cells. These findings indicate that scFvCD7:sFasL may be of therapeutic value for the selective elimination of pathogenic synovial T-cells of the T(H1) subtype in both RA and JIA.
Edwin Bremer; Wayel H Abdulahad; Marco de Bruyn; Douwe F Samplonius; Cees G M Kallenberg; Wineke Armbrust; E Brouwers; Harald Wajant; Wijnand Helfrich
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Immunology letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-0542     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910006     Medline TA:  Immunol Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Department of Surgery, Surgical Research Laboratory, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.
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