Safety and efficiency of an anti-(+)-methamphetamine monoclonal antibody in the protection against cardiovascular and central nervous system effects of (+)-methamphetamine in rats

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Little Rock, AR 72205, United States.
International Immunopharmacology (Impact Factor: 2.47). 07/2006; 6(6):968-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.intimp.2006.01.008
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The purpose of these studies was to determine if a high-affinity, anti-(+)-methamphetamine (METH) monoclonal antibody (mAb6H4; KD=11 nM) protects against METH-induced central nervous and cardiovascular system effects in rats. Rats (n=5 per group) received one of three anti-METH mAb6H4 doses, equal to 0.32, 0.56 or 1 times the mole equivalent (mol-eq) amount of METH in the body following a 1 mg/kg i.v. METH dose. Each rat was challenged with METH (1 mg/kg, i.v.) 1 and 4 days after the anti-METH mAb dose. The 1 mol-eq anti-METH mAb dose significantly reduced the duration of METH-induced locomotor activity (horizontal locomotion and rearing events), heart rate and blood pressure effects from 2 to 3 h to about an hour. This resulted in a significant reduction in total locomotor activity and the area under the hemodynamic effect vs. time curve for heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, the time to peak locomotor activity was decreased after the 1 mol-eq mAb dose vs. the lower doses. These changes were limited to the first METH challenge. The responses to the second METH challenge were not different from baseline. The peak hemodynamic and locomotor activity values were unchanged after both challenges. These results indicate anti-METH mAb6H4 can safely reduce the hemodynamic and locomotor effects of METH given one day after anti-METH IgG, and that the mAb is safe when administered in the absence of METH. These results are important because they indicate these antibody medications have simultaneous beneficial effects in multiple organ systems.

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    • "In pursuit of effective treatments for METH abuse, that could be used in conjunction with behavioral therapies, anti-METH monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been developed45. The first generation mAbs have been well characterized in vivo and in vitro678 and have shown significant preclinical efficacy. In METH abuse rodent models, anti-METH mAbs significantly reduce METH brain concentrations and relapse to METH self-administration and shorten the duration of METH-induced locomotor activity91011. "
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    • "Acute MA exposure resulted in a sustained and significant increase in RR (Fig. 1D), in agreement with previous reports (Gentry et al., 2006;Mendelson et al., 2006;Richards et al., 1995). Elevated RR can lead to hypocapnia, manifested as a reduced arterial partial pressure of CO 2 (PaCO 2 ). "
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    • "Earlier reports have described the generation of mAb against (+)METH for diagnostic use (Faraj et al., 1976; Usagawa et al., 1989; Suttijitpaisal and Ratanabanangkoon, 1992), but none have reported the high affinity and class specificity that would be required to make a broadly effective antagonist for (+)METH-like drugs. Our group (McMillan et al., 2002; Laurenzana et al., 2003; Byrnes-Blake et al., 2005; Gentry et al., 2006; Pitas et al., 2006) and others (Danger et al., 2006) have reported the generation of potential mAb antagonist for (+)METH, or (±)METH as a racemic mixture (Danger et al., 2006). Our laboratory has also reported that some of these anti-(+)METH mAb medications are effective for treating METH overdose (Byrnes-Blake et al., 2005) and for blocking (+)METH self-administration (McMillan et al., 2004) in rat models of human drug use. "
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