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Author Topic: CTLA Ipilimumab human antibdy role regulating natural immune responses.  (Read 1547 times)

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Offline bimazek

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this is a great step forward for immunotherapy, and for
patients with melanoma cancer.  It may or may not have application to hiv in future, that must be studied but there is some hope because the antigen profile is similar to pd-1

pd-1 and ctla are related but different, like the control knobs in a jet cockpit they do different things and are receptors on many but different sets of cells, this is good news in many ways.  this company is working with harvard on hiv and many other diseases.

ctla was discovered before


Ipilimumab is a fully human antibody that binds to CTLA-4 (cytotoxic T
lymphocyte-associated antigen 4), a molecule on T-cells that is believed to play a
critical role in regulating natural immune responses.  The absence or presence of
CTLA-4 can augment or suppress the immune system's T-cell response in fighting
disease.  Ipilimumab is designed to block the activity of CTLA-4, thereby sustaining
an active immune response in its attack on cancer cells. June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medarex, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEDX) and   Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today presented results from multiple
clinical studies of ipilimumab (MDX-010), an investigational immunotherapy, for
patients with advanced melanoma.  The results demonstrated an anti-tumor response in
some patients with advanced melanoma either as a monotherapy or in combination with
other therapies.  The results of the monotherapy study showed that 19% of patients
(17/88) with advanced melanoma treated with ipilimumab experienced control of their
disease, including tumor shrinkage and stabilization.


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