Immunology and immunotherapy in allergic disease
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Immunology and immunotherapy in allergic disease Jing Shen , M. D. Matthew Ryan, M. D.
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Allergy Allergic reaction is an exaggerated or inappropriate immune reaction and causes damage to the host Hypersensitivity: Type I: anaphylactic reaction: mediated by IgE antibodies, which trigger the mast cells and basophils to release pharmacologically active agents. Type II: cytotoxic reaction: IgM or IgG antibodies bind to antigen on the surface of cells and activate complement cascade.
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Hypersensitivity Type III: Immune complex reaction: complexes of antigen and IgM or IgG antibodies accumulate in the circulation or in tissue and activate the complement cascade. Granulocytes are attracted to the site of activation and release lytic enzymes Type IV: cell-mediated immunity reaction: mediated by T cells, which release cytokines upon activation to cause accumulation and activation of macrophages.
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Immunology review Antigen presenting cell T lymphocytes B lymphocytes IgE antibody Mast cells Eosinophil
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Antigen presenting cells Function: take up antigen, process and present antigen to T cells Including: macrophage, dendritic cell, B lymphocyte and activated T lymphocyte Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I: binds with CD8+ T cell only Class II: binds with CD4+ T cell only
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From: Immunology a short course, 1996 figure10.5
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From: Immunology a short course, 1996 figure 11.1
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CD4+ T lymphocyte 2 subsets based on distinct cytokines produced Th1: produce IL-2, IL-12, interferon (IFN)- gamma activate CD8+ T cell, natural killer cells, and macrophage Elimination of intracellular pathogen, facilitate delayed hypersensitivity
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CD4+ T lymphocyte Th2: produce IL-4, IL-5, IL-10 activate B cells and switch antibody synthesis to IgE mediate allergic inflammation preferentially activate Th2 cells leading to development of allergic disease Th1 and Th2 inhibit the development of each other
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From: kay: New England J of Medicine Vol 344(1). Jan 4, 2001. 30-37
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Cytokines IL-4: Produced by Th2 and mast cell Growth factor for B cells and Th2 cells Promotes IgE production Inhibits Th1 cell IL-5: Produced by Th2 cell Growth and differentiation factor for eosinophil IL-2: Produced exclusively by T cell: Th0 and Th1 T cell growth factor IFN- gamma: Produced by Th1 cell Activates NK cells, macrophages, and killer cells, Inhibits Th2 cell Induce expression of MHC class II on many cell types
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B lymphocyte and IgE antibodies B lymphocyte needs 2 signals to mature to IgE producing plasma cell. IL-4 secreted by Th2 cells Interaction of CD40 ligand on the surface of T-cell with the CD40 receptor on the B cell IgE antibody Unbounded IgE with half life of 2-3 days Bound to receptor on the surface of mast cell, basophil, dendritic cell, and eosinophil with half life of several weeks
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Mast cells Preformed mediators: Vascular permeability factor (VPF) / vascular endothelial cell growth factor – enhancing vascular permeability Histamine, proteoglycan, chymase, tryptase, carboxypeptidaseA heparin TNF-alpha, IL-2,3,4,13, GM-CSF, chemokine Newly synthesized inflammatory mediators: prostaglandin D2 leukotriene C4, D4, B4
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From: Immunology a short course, 1996
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Eosinophil Developed in bone marrow under stimulation of IL3,IL5, GM-CSF Half life of 8-18 hours in the blood, half life of several days in the peripheral tissue Eosinophil migration ( into peripheral tissue) Toxic inflammatory mediators in eosinophil: major basic protein, eosinophil peroxidase, eosinophil cationic protein, Synthesize and release lipid mediators: leukotriene C4
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From: kay: New England J of Medicine Vol 344(1). Jan 4, 2001. 30-37
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Immunotherapy Medical procedure that uses controlled exposure to known allergens to reduce the severity of allergic disease Disease accepted to be treated by immunotherapy: Allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, allergic conjunctivitis, insect sting hypersensitivity Disease not accepted to be treated by immunotherapy: Food allergy, urticaria, atopic dermatitis Exact mechanism is not clear No reliable correlation between changes of the immunological parameter and clinical outcome
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Immunotherapy Curtis (1900): immunize people with aqueous extract of whole weeds Dunbar(1903): immunize subjects who had grass-sensitive hay fever with animal derived (horse and goose) grass pollen antisera to subject’s nasal mucosa Besredka and Steinhardt(1907): anaphylactic reaction encountered during immunotherapy is due to immunizing too rapidly or with too large dose of allergen Noon and Cantab: introduced weight units for pollen doses and quantization of individual sensitivity by in vivo testing. Freeman and Koessler(1914): immunotherapy produced long lasting results Cooke(1915): formally introduced immunotherapy into the USA by reporting the treatment by pollen immunization of 114 patients with hay fever and asthma.
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Mechanism: B cell response Gradual increase of allergen-specific IgG antibodies -- especially IgG4 subclasses (blocking antibody) intercept and neutralize allergen before it bound to cell-surface IgE form IgG-antigen-IgE complex and bind to the IgG receptor resulting co-aggregation with the IgE receptor and inhibition of IgE receptor triggering decreased allergen-specific IgE antibodies increase IgA and IgM antigen-specific B lymphocytes May limit antigen penetration into the body from mucosa
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Mechanism: T cell response moving immune system from CD4+Th2 cell to Th1 cell pathway Alter cytokine production IL-4, IL-5 as Th2 cytokines IFN-gamma as Th1 cytokines
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Advantage of immunotherapy long term clinical efficacy Durhan et al.: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study Patients (32) with allergy to timothy grass-pollen extract received 3 years of immunotherapy treatment Patients then randomized to continue with the immunotherapy or to receive placebo 15 matched patients never received immunotherapy as control group Presence of symptoms and need for rescue medication were measured after 3 years
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Long term efficacy of immunotherapy No significant difference in symptom scores and use of rescue medication between two immunotherapy groups, and were lower than control group No difference in the late skin responses (size of swelling, number of infiltrating T cells, cells containing IL-4 mRNA) between two immunotherapy groups, and significantly lower than control group Immunotherapy for grass-pollen allergy for three to four years induces prolonged clinical remission accompanied by a persistent alteration in immunologic reactivity
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Advantage of immunotherapy may prevent progression of rhinitis to asthma in children Preventive Allergy Treatment Study: 205 children from 6 pediatric allergy centers in northern Europe aged 6-14 years with grass or birch pollen allergy randomly assigned either to receive specific immunotherapy for 3 years or to a control group The children who were treated with immunotherapy had significantly fewer asthma symptoms after 3 years as evaluated by clinical diagnosis may prevent onset of new sensitization in allergic patients
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Patient selection Proven allergy with skin test or RAST With allergic symptoms that are significant to the patient Attempts to avoid allergens fail or impractical Treatment with medicine is not fully successful or when medication is not well tolerated. Young patients without chronic irreversible changes in the upper airways Patient needs to be motivated and compliant with treatment
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Immunotherapy Subcutaneous immunotherapy is the only approved route of administration in United States Subcutaneous immunotherapy normally involves a weekly subcutaneous injection of an extract of the allergen, in solution, in increasing doses until a standard maintenance dose is reached. This dose is then injected subcutaneously on a regular basis (at intervals of approximately 20 days) for not less than 3 years for perennial allergens. Short term immunotherapy does not affect the cytokine profile and do not have long-term efficacy after discontinuation start at an earlier age, so that adverse changes to the immune system can be prevented before they become irreversible
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Sublingual immunotherapy widely used and investigated in Europe since late 1980’s keep the extract under the tongue for a couple of minutes and then swallow it dose of allergen is greater than subcutaneous immunotherapy (about 3-300 times higher)
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Efficacy of sublingual immunotherapy Wilson et al.: systemic review of literature in Cochrane library 22 clinical studies, a total of 979 patients double-blinded, placebo-controlled, parallel-group studies highly significant reduction in symptoms as well as definite decrease in medicine intake for symptoms whether sublingual therapy equals the efficacy of subcutaneous immunotherapy is not clear
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References Cotran, Kumar, Collins: Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease, 1999. Benjamin, E. Sunshine, G. Leskowitz, S.: Immunology A short Course, 1996. Durham, SR. et al., Long-term clinical efficacy of grass-pollen immunotherapy. The New Eng J Med 1999; 341(7): 468-475. Moller, C. et al., Pollen immunotherapy reduced the development of asthma in children with seasonal rhinoconjuctivitis (the PAT- study). J Allergy Clin Immunol Feb 2002; 251-256. Venarske, D. et al., Molecular mechanisms of allergic disease. South Med J, 2003; 96(11): 1049-1054. Kay, AB., Advances in immunology: Allergy and allergic disease (first of two parts). N Engl J Med 2001; 344(1): 30-37. Ohashi, Y. et al., Allergen-specific immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis: A new insight into its clinical efficacy and mechanism. Acta otolaryngol 1998; Suppl 538: 178-190. Finegold, I., Is immunotherapy effective in allergic disease? Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2002; 2(6): 537-540. Wachholz, PA., et al., Mechanisms of immunotherapy: IgG revisited, Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2004; 4(4): 313-318. Smith, W., Immunotherapy- anergy, deviation or suppression? Clin Exp Allergy 1998; 28(8): 911-916. Mosges, R., The role of hyposensitization: do we need to start rethinking? Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2004; 4(3): 155-157. Passalacque, G. et al., Sublingual immunotherapy: an update. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2004; 4(1): 31-36.
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