The Use of OKT3 in Clinical Transplantation

  • Daniel Abramowicz
  • Michel Goldman
Part of the Medical Intelligence Unit book series (MIU.LANDES)


OKT3 is a murine monoclonal antibody of the IgG2a isotype recognizing the ε chain of the CD3 complex, a series of proteins tightly linked to the individual T-cell receptor present on all mature T cells.1,2 OKT3 has been produced by immunization of mice with human T cells in 1979.1 The discovery that OKT3 blocked in vitro the lytic activity of cytotoxic T cells3,4 led to its use in renal allograft rejection,5 even before the molecular structure recognized on T lymphocytes was identified. Since then, extensive data have shown that OKT3 is probably the most potent drug available to treat rejection of organ allografts.6–11 In addition, as avoidance of rejection in the early post-transplant period might be a determining factor in the achievement of successful long-term allograft survival, OKT3 has been evaluated as an inductive agent in renal transplantation.6–12 In this review, we first define the mechanisms of action of OKT3. We then describe the main studies that established its efficacy both for the treatment and the prevention of renal allograft rejection. Finally, we discuss its main side effects and strategies to prevent them.


Graft Survival Transplant Proc Renal Allograft Rejection Cytokine Release Syndrome Acute Renal Allograft Rejection 
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  • Daniel Abramowicz
  • Michel Goldman

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