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J Infect Dis. 1995 Jun;171(6):1668-71.

Preliminary assessment of a human recombinant antibody fragment to hsp90 in murine invasive candidiasis.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manchester Medical School, United Kingdom.


Seroconversion to hsp90 is associated with recovery from systemic candidiasis in humans, and a murine monoclonal antibody to this hsp90 antigen (LKVIRK epitope) was protective in mice. A human recombinant antibody to the same epitope was assessed in acute and chronic models of murine invasive candidiasis. Lethal intravenous challenge with fluconazole-susceptible (strain 4) or fluconazole-resistant (strain 019) Candida albicans, followed 2 h later by a single dose of recombinant antibody, was associated with a statistically significant drop in mortality of > or = 40% (two experiments in BALB/c mice given strain 4; one experiment in CD-1 mice given strain 019) or 23% (BALB/c mice, strain 019). In mice sublethally infected with strain 4, treatment with recombinant antibody was associated with improved renal clearance of infection. Antibody-mediated protection may involve neutralization of the protein-binding properties of circulating candidal hsp90, since LKVIRK strongly bound dexamethasone in vitro.

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