Inhibition of allergen-specific IgE reactivity by a human Ig Fcγ-Fcε bifunctional fusion protein

ArticleinJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 114(2):321-7 · September 2004with14 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2004.03.058 · Source: PubMed
Coaggregating FcepsilonRI with FcgammaRII receptors holds great potential for treatment of IgE-mediated disease by inhibiting FcepsilonRI signaling. We have previously shown that an Fcgamma-Fcepsilon fusion protein, human IgG-IgE Fc fusion protein (GE2), could inhibit FcepsilonRI-mediated mediator releases in vitro and in vivo. We sought to test whether GE2 was capable of blocking mediator release from FcepsilonRI cells sensitized with IgE in vivo or in vitro before exposure to GE2, a critical feature for GE2 to be clinically applicable. GE2 was tested for its ability to inhibit Fel d 1-induced mediator release from human blood basophils from subjects with cat allergy, human lung-derived mast cells, human FcepsilonRIalpha transgenic mice sensitized with human cat allergic serum, and rhesus monkeys naturally allergic to the dust mite Dermatophagoides farinae. Basophils from subjects with cat allergy and lung mast cells degranulate when challenged with Fel d 1 and anti-IgE, respectively. GE2 itself did not induce mediator release but strongly blocked this Fel d 1- and anti-IgE-driven mediator release. GE2 was able to block Fel d 1-driven passive cutaneous anaphylaxis at skin sites sensitized with human serum from subjects with cat allergy in human FcepsilonRIalpha transgenic mice, but by itself, GE2 did not induce a passive cutaneous anaphylaxis reaction. Finally, GE2 markedly inhibited skin test reactivity to D farinae in monkeys naturally allergic to this allergen, with complete inhibition being observed at 125 ng. GE2 is able to successfully compete for FcepsilonRs and FcgammaRs on cells presensitized in vitro and in vivo and lead to inhibition of IgE-mediated reactivity through coaggregation of FcepsilonRI with FcgammaRII.
    • "Establishment of a human FcεRIα transgenic mouse model in both BALB/c and C57BL/6 background (Dombrowicz et al. 1996Dombrowicz et al. , 1998 Fung-Leung et al. 1996), with murine FcεRIα knocked out and its human equivalent knocked in, allowed human IgE binding and expression of functional humanized FcεRI. This model also provides a constant repertoire of effector cells expressing human FcεRI mimicking that of humans for the study of human IgE and anaphylaxis (Dombrowicz et al. 1998; Fung-Leung et al. 1996; Kinet 1999) and the efficacy of molecules that inhibit anaphylaxis (Allen et al. 2007; Zhang et al. 2004; Zhu et al. 2002). In addition, it is useful for the evaluation of the anticancer effects mediated by FcεRI and the potential toxicity of IgE containing human constant regions. "
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