Objective. To achieve disease-inducible expression of recombinant antiinflammatory proteins in order to allow autoregulation of drug dose by natural homeostatic mechanisms. Methods. We compared the inducible 2-component expression system (C3-human immunode-ficiency virus/transactivator of transcription [C3-Tat/ H/V]) with the constitutive cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter in the polyarticular collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model in mice. DBA/1 mice were immunized with bovine type H collagen and were given boosters on day 21. On day 22, mice were injected intraarticularly with the adenoviral vectors AdCMVLuc, AdCMVhIL-1Ra, AdC3-Tat/HIV-Luc, or AdC3-Tat/H/V-hIL-1Ra. The injected knee joints and hind paws were then scored for signs of arthritis, and knee joint histology was compared. Results. The CMV-driven interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) expression resulted in a high constitutive expression and amelioration of CIA. C3-Tat/ HIV-driven IL-1Ra expression could be detected only on days 24, 29, and 35. Fourteen days after injection of the vectors, CIA was significantly better inhibited by the C3-Tat/HIV-driven IL-1Ra expression compared with the CMV-driven IL-1Ra expression. Moreover, prevention of CIA in the knee joints also prevented CIA in the untreated hind paws. Conclusion. Our data demonstrate for the first time the feasibility of an inducible expression system for local production of IL-1Ra for treatment of arthritis in the CIA model.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Arthritis and rheumatism|
|State||Published - 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy
- Pharmacology (medical)