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IgG immunoadsorption in experimental allergic neuritis: effect on antibody levels and clinical course.
  1. G K Harvey,
  2. K Schindhelm,
  3. J D Pollard
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.


    The effect of IgG immunoadsorption upon the course of chronic experimental allergic neuritis (EAN) is described. Miniature membrane plasma separators coupled with a Protein A (PA)-Sepharose immunoadsorbent column were used to perform upon conscious rabbits 5 IgG immunoadsorption treatments over 6 days. Quantitation of anti-myelin IgG and IgM by ELISA revealed that 55-65% of plasma IgG was removed per treatment. Rapid post-treatment antibody rebound was observed for anti-myelin IgG although no antibody overshoot above control levels could be observed. Anti-myelin IgM levels remained relatively unaffected by PA immunoadsorption. Comparisons of clinical scores between control and treatment animals showed that IgG immunoadsorption was significantly beneficial (day 1 post-treatment p less than 0.001; day 2 post-treatment p less than 0.05). However, rapid relapse was observed in all treatment animals such that by day 3 post-treatment no significant clinical difference between control and treatment groups could be observed. IgG immunoadsorption suppresses the clinical progression of chronic EAN in a manner similar to that seen with plasma exchange. This finding suggests that antibody modulates early disease pathogenesis.

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