Generation and brain delivery of anti-aggregating antibodies against β-amyloid plaques using phage display technology

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Abstract

Antibodies towards the N-terminal region of the β-amyloid peptide bind to β-amyloid fibrils, leading to their disaggregation. We generated anti-aggregating β-amyloid antibodies using filamentous phages displaying the only four amino acids EFRH found to be the main regulatory site for β-amyloid formation. In order to overcome the low permeability of the blood brain barrier for targeting 'anti-aggregating' mAbs to the βA plaques in the brain, we applied antibody engineering methods to minimize the size of the mAbs while maintaining their biological activity. We found that single-chain antibodies displayed on the surface of the phage are capable of entering the central nervous system (CNS). The feasibility of these novel strategies for the production and targeting of anti-aggregating antibodies against β-amyloid plaques to disease affected regions in the CNS may have clinical potential for treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-325
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neural Transmission, Supplement
Issue number62
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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