Idiotype-Specific Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) for Therapy of Autoimmune Diseases

Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is used successfully for therapy of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, especially in cases of conventional therapy resistance. Within the broad spectrum of immunomodulatory activities of IVIG in vitro and in vivo, the anti-idiotypic activity, neutralizing the autoimmune disease related idiotypes, is one of the main mechanism. We and others have proven that from the IVIG composition, diverse fractions of autoimmune disease specific IVIG can be affinity purified (sIVIG). This sIVIG was shown to be more efficient than the whole compound of IVIG in experimental animal models of autoimmune diseases.
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