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See detailThe effect of recombinant IgG antibodies against the leucine-33 form of the platelet beta3 integrin (HPA-1a) on platelet function.
Joutsi-Korhonen, Lotta; Preston, Sandy; Smethurst, Peter A. et al

in Thrombosis and haemostasis (2004), 91(4), 743-54

Recombinant HPA-1a antibodies with Fc, mutated to remove destructive effector functions, have been developed as a potential therapy for fetomaternal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FMAIT), via blockade of ... [more ▼]

Recombinant HPA-1a antibodies with Fc, mutated to remove destructive effector functions, have been developed as a potential therapy for fetomaternal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FMAIT), via blockade of binding of human HPA-1a polyclonal antibodies to fetal HPA-1a1b platelets. We have assessed the effect of the IgG1 HPA-1a antibody B2G1 and two mutated derivatives in various functional assays in resting and agonist-stimulated platelets of the three HPA-1 genotypes. With HPA-1a1b platelets (fetal genotype), the antibodies did not activate signalling or CD62P expression in resting platelets, did not change in vitro bleeding time (IVBT), and did not inhibit platelet adhesion to collagen in flowing blood. Adhesion of HPA-1a1b platelets to fibrinogen was reduced by 20%, and aggregation induced by ADP by 50%, but collagen-related peptide (CRP-XL)-induced aggregation was normal. With HPA-1a1a platelets, aggregation to both ADP and CRP-XL was inhibited, with total blockade of adhesion to fibrinogen and of IVBT responses. Interestingly, a monovalent antibody fragment with identical specificity had no inhibitory effect on aggregation. In static adhesion assays using human alphaIIbbeta3 or alphaVbeta3 transfectants of HPA-1a (Leu(33)) phenotype, attachment to fibrinogen of the latter but not of the former was completely blocked by the HPA-1a antibodies. These observations are best explained by antibody-mediated blockade of the RGD binding site on beta3 by a mechanism of steric hindrance. As the effect on platelet function is modest with HPA-1a1b (fetal type) platelets, the mutated HPA-1a antibodies described here could be developed further for FMAIT therapy. [less ▲]

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