Resolution of CNS lesions following treatment of experimental allergic encephalomyelitis in macaques with monoclonal antibody to the CD18 leukocyte integrin

ArticleinMultiple Sclerosis 2(6):259-66 · February 1997with2 Reads
Impact Factor: 4.82 · DOI: 10.1177/135245859700200601 · Source: PubMed


    Experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) in macaques is an acute inflammatory and demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) which has been studied extensively as a model of the human demyelinating disease multiple sclerosis (MS). The in vivo administration of monoclonal antibodies against CD18, the common beta-chain of a leukocyte integrin, at the onset of clinical disease, significantly prolonged the survival of nine of 11 macaques (82%) and in some cases completely reversed the clinical appearance of disease. Treatment with anti-CD18 mAbs dramatically reduced the extent of inflammation in brain lesions as determined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These improvements confirm that anti-CD18 mAbs are powerful anti-inflammatory agents in vivo and suggest that such mAbs may provide effective treatment of both demyelinating and inflammatory CNS diseases in man.