Analysis of the control of the anti-gal immune response in a non-human primate by galactose α1-3 galactose trisaccharide-polyethylene glycol conjugate

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  • Background. The current limitation to the clinical application of xenotransplantation using pig organs is a rejection process that has been termed delayed xenograft rejection or acute vascular rejection. It is thought that acute vascular rejection may be mediated at least in part by both the continued synthesis, of preexisting, and the induction, posttransplantation, of antibodies against the carbohydrate moiety galα1-3gal that is present on glycoproteins and glycolipids of the pig endothelium. The synthesis of these antibodies has proven difficult to control with currently available immunosuppressive agents. Methods. We have synthesized galα1-3gal conjugated polyethylene glycol polymers that can bind to anti-galα1-3gal antibodies and tested their activity in non-human primates. Results. These conjugates when administered to non-human primates can substantially reduce the levels of preexisting and control the induction of anti-galα1-3gal antibodies. The level of circulating antibody-secreting cells that make anti-galα1-3gal antibodies is also reduced. Conclusion. These α-gal polyethylene glycol conjugates may have the potential to control the anti-gal antibody response in a pig to primate organ transplant setting and may be a useful therapeutic agent in prolonging graft survival.
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  • Transplantation  Journal
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  • Diamond LE; Byrne GW; Schwarz A; Davis TA; Adams DH; Logan JS
  • Start Page

  • 1780
  • End Page

  • 1787
  • Volume

  • 73
  • Issue

  • 11