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Br J Haematol. 1994 Jan;86(1):216-8.

Successful re-treatment of an anti-interferon resistant polycythaemia vera patient with lymphoblastoid interferon-alpha N1 and in vitro studies on the specificity of the antibodies.

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Wellcome Research Laboratories, Beckenham, Kent, U.K.


A polycythaemia vera patient who initially responded to recombinant IFN-alpha 2 (rIFN-alpha 2) treatment developed neutralizing antibodies (NA) against it and lost response. Despite raising the dose, clinical resistance persisted and NA increased when two alternative rIFN-alpha 2 preparations were used. When treatment was switched to lymphoblastoid IFN-alpha (lyIFN-alpha N1), clinical response was restored and maintained. During re-treatment, NA specific for the earlier rIFN-alpha 2 preparations redeveloped and cross-reacted extensively with each other but not with 'whole' lyIFN-alpha N1 and only minimally with the lyIFN-alpha 2 subtype within it. These findings demonstrate the relevance of NA specificities in the re-treatment of antibody-compromised patients.

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