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A future for CD3 antibodies in immunotherapy of type 1 diabetes

  • Lucienne ChatenoudEmail author

More than 30 years have passed since the first immunotherapy trials in autoimmune insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes were conducted [1]. At this time, it was already apparent, given the compelling observations of the central role of CD4 and CD8 autoreactive T cells in the destruction of insulin-secreting beta-cells, that the immune system of patients would be the most effective drug target, though few tools were available. Small molecule immunosuppressants, such as ciclosporin, were transforming treatment of organ transplant rejection as they proved to be more effective than the conventional therapies, corticosteroids and azathioprine. Based on these observations, ciclosporin was tested in patients with recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes. The results of these first trials provided a fundamental proof-of-concept: that it was possible to effectively treat patients with established hyperglycaemia because, contrary to the prevailing dogma, even after disease diagnosis, a significant mass...


Autoimmune diabetes CD3 monoclonal antibodies Immunotherapy T lymphocytes Teplizumab Type 1 diabetes 



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The author was the sole contributor to this paper.

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The author has received an honorarium from Provention Bio.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris CitéParisFrance
  2. 2.INSERM U1151, INEM, Hôpital Necker-Enfants MaladesParisFrance
  3. 3.CNRS UMR 8253, Hôpital Necker-Enfants MaladesParisFrance

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