Journal of Clinical Immunology

, Volume 34, Supplement 1, pp 80–85 | Cite as

Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Treatment Exerts Antioxidant and Neuropreservatory Effects in Preclinical Models of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Scott E. CountsEmail author
  • Balmiki Ray
  • Elliott J. Mufson
  • Sylvia E. Perez
  • Bin He
  • Debomoy K. Lahiri


Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has shown limited promise so far in human clinical studies on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), yet overwhelmingly positive preclinical work in animals and human brain cultures support the notion that the therapy remains potentially efficacious. Here, we elaborate on IVIG neuropreservation by demonstrating that IVIG protects human primary neurons against oxidative stress in vitro and that IVIG preserves antioxidant defense mechanisms in vivo. Based on these results, we propose the following translational impact: If the dosage and treatment conditions are adequately optimized, then IVIG treatment could play a significant role in preventing and/or delaying the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as AD. We suggest that IVIG warrants further investigation to fully exploit its potential as an anti-oxidant, neuroprotective and synapto-protecting agent.


Immunoglobulin Alzheimer’s disease oxidative stress human neurons transgenic neuroprotection 



We sincerely appreciate the grant support from the Alzheimer’s Association (Zenith award and IIRG; DKL), the NIH (DKL and SEC), Baxter Healthcare (DKL and SEC), and the St. Mary’s Foundation (SEC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott E. Counts
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Balmiki Ray
    • 3
    • 4
  • Elliott J. Mufson
    • 5
  • Sylvia E. Perez
    • 5
  • Bin He
    • 5
  • Debomoy K. Lahiri
    • 3
    • 4
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Translational Science and Molecular MedicineMichigan State UniversityGrand RapidsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family MedicineMichigan State UniversityGrand RapidsUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  4. 4.Department of Molecular GeneticsIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  5. 5.Department of Neurological SciencesRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  6. 6.Institute of Psychiatric ResearchIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA

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