ABSTRACT: Linomide (quinoline-3-carboxamide) is a synthetic immunomodulator that suppresses several experimental autoimmune diseases. Here we report the effects of Linomide on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a CD4+ T cell-mediated animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). EAE induced in Lewis rats by inoculation with homogenized guinea pig spinal cord and Freund's complete adjuvant was strongly suppressed by Linomide administered daily subcutaneously from the day of inoculation. Linomide dose-dependently delayed the interval between immunization and onset of clinical EAE, and reduced severity of EAE symptoms. These clinical effects were associated with dose-dependent down-modulation of myelin antigens-induced T cell responses and by suppression of the proinflammatory cytokines IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha, and upregulation IL-4, IL-10 and TGF-beta as evaluated by in situ hybridization for mRNA expression in spleen mononuclear cells and spinal cord sections. These findings suggest that Linomide could be useful in certain T cell dependent autoimmune diseases.
Journal of Neuroimmunology 06/1998; 85(2):146-54. · 2.96 Impact Factor