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Autoimmunity. 2009 Mar;42(3):171-82. doi: 10.1080/08916930802629547.

An antibody to IP-10 is a potent antagonist of cell migration in vitro and in vivo and does not affect disease in several animal models of inflammation.

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  • 1Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.


IP-10 secretion is induced by pro-inflammatory cytokines and mediates the migration of CXCR3+ cells. Its elevation in clinical samples has been associated with multiple inflammatory diseases and its antagonism has been reported to be effective in several animal models of inflammatory disease. We generated a mouse anti-mouse IP-10 monoclonal antibody (mAb; Clone 20A9) that specifically bound murine IP-10 with high affinity and inhibited in vitro IP-10 induced BaF3/mCXCR3 cell migration with an IC(50) of approximately 4 nM. The 20A9 mAb was completely absorbed in vivo and had dose proportional pharmacokinetic exposure with a serum half life of 2.4-6 days. The 20A9 mAb inhibited IP-10 mediated T-cell recruitment to the airways, indicating that it is effective in vivo. However, administration of the 20A9 mAb had no significant effect on disease in mouse models of delayed type hypersensitivity, collagen induced arthritis, cardiac allograft transplantation tolerance, EAE or CD4+ CD45RBHi T-cell transfer-induced IBD. These data suggest that the 20A9 mAb can antagonize IP-10 mediated chemotaxis in vitro and in vivo and that this is insufficient to cause a therapeutic benefit in multiple mouse models of inflammatory disease.

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