In vitro antibody responses by rat lymph node cells against purified acetylcholine receptor (AChR) were shown to be inhibitable by protein conjugates prepared with anti-idiotypic antibody and the toxic A chain of ricin. The idiotype specificity of the cytotoxicity was demonstrated by the inability of the same immunotoxin to inhibit an unrelated antibody response (anti-KLH) and by abrogation of specific toxicity in the presence of unconjugated anti-idiotype or antigen (AChR). Furthermore, immunotoxin prepared with an irrelevant antibody specificity failed to significantly inhibit either the anti-AChR or control antibody responses. Therefore, we suggest that idiotype-specific immunotoxins may be a useful addition or alternative to presently employed immunotherapies for autoimmune disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy