The Clinical and Experimental Use of Monoclonal Antibodies to the IL-2 Receptor

  • Peter L. Amlot
Part of the Medical Intelligence Unit book series (MIU.LANDES)


The immune system is economical with the number of antigen specific cells available to counter intermittent and infrequent antigenic challenges from infectious organisms and relies upon rapid cellular expansion in times of need. Cellular recognition of specific antigens leads to rapid proliferation of antigen specific cells and this process is called clonal expansion. Along with this clonal expansion there is also a diversification of potential effector cells and mechanisms. The response to antigen exposure is thus characterised by amplification. Initiating events in this amplification make appropriate targets for manipulating the immune system in a specific manner. Identification of interleukin 2 (IL-2) as an important T-cell growth factor1 was followed by the development of a monoclonal antibody (MoAb), anti-Tac, recognizing the IL-2 receptor (IL-2R).2 The early involvement of IL-2 in T-cell proliferation together with the acquisition of a MoAb that interfered with the function of IL-2 gave rise to hope that specific manipulation of the immune system was achievable. It has been said that the interaction between IL-2 and IL-2 receptors determines the magnitude and duration of the immune response. Either blocking of IL-2R or eliminating cells expressing IL-2R could be beneficial in suppressing unwanted immune responses.


Graft Versus Host Disease Mixed Lymphocyte Reaction Acute Graft Versus Host Disease Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease Receptor Monoclonal Antibody 
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