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Anti-Serum to Virus?

Ian A. York york at mbcrr.dfci.harvard.edu
Sat Mar 25 18:12:08 EST 1995

In article <3l24vg$8c0 at moe.cc.emory.edu> pkrug at moe.cc.emory.edu (Peter William Krug) writes:
>grenard at herpmed.com wrote:
>: I believe that antibodies can be harvested from the sera of infected
>: individuals, concentrated and then administered to victims to fight
>Wouldn't the antibodies be anti-idiotypic? For example, If the monkey's 
>ab to the virus were injected into a human, wouldn't the human's immune 
>system mount a response against these foriegn ab's? Are humans that close 
>to any monkey to be able to accept the ab?  

	Yes and no.  Following the injection, there will be an 
anti-antiserum response.  That is slow enough that the original antiserum 
injected in can perform its work - remember that the human will be 
raising a primary response.  The response will predominately not be 
anti-idiotype, though; the bulk of the response will be directed against 
those components of the constant region that differ between species.  
	Mouse monoclonals are used in some human therapeutic work - at 
least exerimentally - and I believe that traditional anti-tetanus 
antiserum was raised in horses - perhaps the same is true for rabies as 
well, though I'm not sure about that.  To emphasize what is probably 
obvious, you don't want to get two exposures to this sort of thing - you 
have a reasonable chance of undergoing anaphylactic shock on the second 
massive exposure to the foreign antiserum.  
	There are some differences in the secondary effects of the 
foreign antibodies, which others can probably handle better than I - I 
think that mouse antibodies don't do much for the human complement 
system, for example.  


Ian York   (york at mbcrr.harvard.edu)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA 02115
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