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Transplantation. 2009 Oct 27;88(8):1002-9. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e3181b9ced7.

Monitoring of the immunomodulatory effect of CP-690,550 by analysis of the JAK/STAT pathway in kidney transplant patients.

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  • 1Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Internal Medicine-Transplantation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


BACKGROUND.: The small molecule drug CP-690,550 inhibits Janus kinase 3 at nanomolar concentrations and has recently been shown to prevent allograft rejection in rodents and nonhuman primates. METHODS.: As part of a phase 1 clinical trial, we investigated the effect of CP-690,550 after 29 days of 30 mg twice daily treatment at the cellular level in eight kidney transplant patients by studying ex vivo phosphorylation of STAT5 (P-STAT5), the key substrate of JAK3. RESULTS.: As determined by quantitative fluorescent western blotting, interleukin-2-induced P-STAT5 in YT cells was reduced by a median of 73% (P<0.01) in the presence of serum collected on day 29 compared with pretreatment baseline. When evaluated by phosphospecific flow cytometry, CP-690,550 also reduced interleukin-2-induced P-STAT5 in CD3 (median 20%; P<0.05), CD3CD4 (median 37%; P<0.05), and CD3CD8 (median 34%; P<0.01) populations in patient-derived peripheral blood mononuclear cells. At the functional level, the inhibitory effect of CP-690,550 was confirmed by determining the expression of several STAT5 targets genes. CONCLUSION.: Analysis of P-STAT5 may, therefore, be used to determine the immunomodulatory effect of CP-690,550 at the cellular level in transplant patients.

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