The effects of an anti-CD4 monoclonal antibody, keliximab, on peripheral blood CD4+ T-cells in asthma Journal Articles uri icon

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  • CD4+ T-cells are likely to be involved as a source of pro-inflammatory cytokines in asthma. This study assessed the effects of an infusion of keliximab (IDEC CE9.1), an anti-CD4+ monoclonal antibody, on peripheral blood CD4+ T-cells in corticosteroid-dependent asthmatics.Three cohorts of patients (termed C0.5: n=6, C1.5: n=5, and C3.0: n=5) received a single infusion of 0.5, 1.5 or 3.0 mg·kg−1, respectively, with a fourth receiving placebo (Cpl: n=6), and were followed-up for 4 weeks. By flow cytometry in peripheral blood, pre- and postinfusion assessment was made of: a) CD4 and CD8 counts and mean fluorescence; b) CD25, human leukocyte antigen-DR (HLA-DR), CD45RO and CD45RA expression on CD4+ T-cells; and c) interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-5 expression in CD4+ T-cells. Keliximab'sin vitroeffects on allergen-specific peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) proliferation in atopic asthmatics were also evaluated.There was a significant increase in lung function (peak expiratory flow rate) in the C3.0group. Following infusion in C0.5, C1.5and C3.0but not Cpl: 1) the CD4, but not CD8 count was significantly decreased; 2) there was total loss of Leu3a staining; 3) there were significant reductions in the mean fluorescence of OKT4 binding; and 4) there were significant reductions in the numbers of CD25, HLA-DR, CD45RO and CD45RA/CD4+ cells. There were no changes in CD4+ cell expression of IFN-γ, IL-4 or IL-5. Keliximab caused a significant reduction in T-cell proliferation as compared to a control monoclonal antibody.Keliximab, as an anti-CD4 monoclonal antibody, leads to a transient reduction in the number of CD4+ T-cells and modulation of CD4+ receptor expression in severe asthmatics. The effects of keliximab may be mediated through a decrease in CD4+ surface expression and T-lymphocyte numbers, in addition to a reduction in allergen-induced proliferation.


  • Kon, OM
  • Sihra, BS
  • Loh, LC
  • Barkans, J
  • Compton, CH
  • Barnes, NC
  • Larche, Mark
  • Kay, AB

publication date

  • July 2001