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Targeting and Blocking B7 Costimulatory Molecules on Antigen-Presenting Cells Using CTLA4Ig-Conjugated Liposomes: In Vitro Characterization and in Vivo Factors Affecting Biodistribution

By Chung-Gyu Park, Natalie W. Thiex, Kyung-Dall Lee, Jeffery A. Bluestone, Gregory L. Szot and Kyung-Mi Lee


Purpose. CTLA4Ig, a fusion protein of CTLA-4 and Fc of immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy chain, inhibits the essential costimulatory signal for full T cell activation via blocking the interaction between CD28 and B7 molecules and renders T cell nonresponsiveness. CTLA4Ig has been used to control deleterious T cell activation in many experimental systems. We hypothesized that by conjugating CTLA4Ig to liposomes the efficacy of CTLA4Ig could be enhanced through multivalent ligand effect, superior targetability, and modification of the fate of ligated costimulatory molecules

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers; Plenum Publishing Corporation ; Springer Science+Business Media
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1023/A:1025057216492
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