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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Peptide analogs that inhibit IgE-Fc epsilon RI alpha interactions ameliorate the development of lethal graft-versus-host disease.

Significant increases in serum levels of IgE have often been observed in allogeneic bone marrow transplantation patients and have generally been thought to be diagnostic of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), rather than an agent involved in the pathogenesis of the disease. Experimental murine GVHD models have also indicated associations of hyper-IgE activity, yet the role of IgE in GVHD pathogenesis has never been tested directly. In the current study, we have tried to address this issue by using recently developed peptide analog antagonists for the interaction of IgE with the Fc epsilon RI receptor, which is necessary for triggering mast cells and other cell types when cross-linked by antigens. A synthetic cyclized 13-amino acid peptide was previously designed from the modeled C-C' loop region of the Fc epsilon RI alpha-chain and was found to act as a competitive inhibitor of IgE-Fc epsilon RI alpha binding. The peptide was generated in two forms, a cyclic L-(L-IgEtide) and retro D-amino acid composition (rDIgEtide), the latter to increase resistance to protease degradation for in vivo applications. These two inhibitor peptides were then used to test the hypothesis that IgE could be involved in the pathogenesis of acute GVHD, in the B10.D2-->DBA/2 (900 cGy) strain combination, with GVHD directed to minor histocompatibility antigens. Both peptides demonstrated significant inhibition of the development of lethal GVHD, supporting the involvement of IgE at some level of disease pathogenesis.[1]


  1. Peptide analogs that inhibit IgE-Fc epsilon RI alpha interactions ameliorate the development of lethal graft-versus-host disease. Korngold, R., Jameson, B.A., McDonnell, J.M., Leighton, C., Sutton, B.J., Gould, H.J., Murphy, G.F. Biol. Blood Marrow Transplant. (1997) [Pubmed]
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