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Thromb Res. 2013 May;131(5):401-10. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2013.02.020. Epub 2013 Mar 21.

Pharmacological control of platelet-leukocyte interactions by the human anti-P-selectin antibody inclacumab--preclinical and clinical studies.

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F. Hoffmann-La Roche, AG, Basel, Switzerland.



Elevated levels of platelet-leukocyte aggregates (PLAs) have been reported in several cardiovascular diseases and suggested to contribute to disease pathology. Our aim was to characterize the effects of inclacumab, a novel human anti-P-selectin antibody, on the interactions between leukocytes and platelets in preclinical and clinical studies.


Dual-label flow cytometry was used to detect the effect of inclacumab on agonist-induced platelet-leukocyte/platelet-monocyte aggregates in cynomolgus monkeys and humans, following ex vivo and in vivo administration. Platelet-dependent leukocyte activation and leukocyte adhesion to a platelet monolayer were also investigated after ex vivo administration of inclacumab to human blood.


Treatment of cynomolgus monkeys with inclacumab profoundly inhibited thrombin receptor-activating peptide (TRAP) or adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-induced PLAs with an IC50 (<2 μg/mL) similar to the in vitro spiking experiments. Maximal inhibition of PLAs persisted for ≥28 days following single dose of inclacumab. In human blood, inclacumab was about 2-fold more potent in inhibiting TRAP-induced PLAs (IC50: 0.7 μg/mL) compared to monkeys. PLA formation was suppressed independently of the inducing platelet agonist. Inclacumab also inhibited the activation of the leukocyte integrin Mac-1 and leukocyte adhesion to a platelet monolayer under flow conditions. In clinical studies, inclacumab inhibited TRAP-induced PLA formation in a dose-dependent manner following single and multiple dose administration to healthy volunteers. It also reduced elevated circulating PLA levels in patients with peripheral arterial disease.


By inhibiting platelet-leukocyte interactions, demonstrated in multiple preclinical and clinical studies, inclacumab may provide an effective treatment for cardiovascular diseases.

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