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Hock, C; Konietzko, U; Papassotiropoulos, A; Wollmer, A; Streffer, J; von Rotz, R C; Davey, G; Moritz, E; Nitsch, R M (2002). Generation of antibodies specific for beta-amyloid by vaccination of patients with Alzheimer disease. Nature Medicine, 8(11):1270-1275.

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To characterize antibodies produced in humans in response to Abeta42 vaccination, we carried out immunohistochemical examinations of the brains of both transgenic mice and human patients with beta-amyloid pathology. We collected sera from patients with Alzheimer disease who received a primary injection of pre-aggregated Abeta42 followed by one booster injection in a placebo-controlled study. Antibodies in immune sera recognized beta-amyloid plaques, diffuse Abeta deposits and vascular beta-amyloid in brain blood vessels. The antibodies did not cross-react with native full-length beta-amyloid precursor protein or its physiological derivatives, including soluble Abeta42. These findings indicate that vaccination of AD patients with Abeta42 induces antibodies that have a high degree of selectivity for the pathogenic target structures. Whether vaccination to produce antibodies against beta-amyloid will halt the cognitive decline in AD will depend upon clinical assessments over time.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Division of Psychiatric Research and Clinic for Psychogeriatric Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:28 Oct 2011 12:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:01
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Publisher DOI:10.1038/nm783
PubMed ID:12379846

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