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Transpl Immunol. 2012 Aug;27(1):52-4. doi: 10.1016/j.trim.2012.05.003. Epub 2012 Jun 5.

Effect of pre-existing anti-diphtheria toxin antibodies on T cell depletion levels following diphtheria toxin-based recombinant anti-monkey CD3 immunotoxin treatment.

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Transplantation Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States.


Diphtheria toxin (DT)-based anti-CD3 immunotoxins have clinical relevance in numerous applications including autoimmune disease therapies and organ transplantation tolerance protocols. Pre-existing anti-DT antibodies acquired either by vaccination against diphtheria toxin or infections with C. diphtheriae may interfere or inhibit the function of these anti-CD3 immunotoxins. Previously, a full-length anti-rhesus monkey CD3 immunotoxin, FN18-CRM9, was shown to be less effective at depleting circulating T cells in animals with pre-existing anti-DT antibody titers than in animals without antibodies, and subsequent doses were ineffective. In this study, the T cell depletion function of a truncated DT based recombinant anti-monkey CD3 immunotoxin, A-dmDT390-scfbDb (C207), as part of a reduced intensity conditioning regimen prior to hematopoietic cell transplantation, was compared between two groups of monkeys: those with and without pre-existing anti-diphtheria titers. T cell depletion was comparable in both groups of monkeys, and therefore appeared to be unaffected by the presence of moderate levels of pre-existing anti-diphtheria antibodies.

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