Method for T Lymphocyte Immunosupression

Tech ID: 96-04

Summary
Researchers from National Jewish Health have developed and tested a novel method for T lymphocyte immunosuppression. The technology is based on conjugating a CD4 or CD2 molecule with an antibody specific for a cell surface marker. Therefore this technology inhibits CD4+ or CD4+ together with CD8+ T cells, respectively, immune stimulatory cells, without affecting other immune functions.

Potential Applications

  • Graft rejection
  • Autoimmune diseases

Advantages of Invention
Only lymphocytes that are specific for antigens found on the grafted cells are target, eliminating any broad immunosuppression currently obtained with traditional treatments.

State of Development
Technology has been demonstrated in vitro to inhibit CD4+ T cells by conjugating engineered antibody that express CD4 or CD2 molecules onto immune stimulatory cells.

Further R&D Required
Demonstrating the efficacy of the technology in vivo.

Patent
US patents # 6,060,054 and 6,264,950

Publication

Inventors
Uwe Staerz, MD, PhD

Licensing Status
This technology is available for licensing

 

For Further Information, Contact:
Emmanuel Hilaire, PhD
Manager
Technology Transfer Office
National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson Street, Room M206b
Denver, CO 80206
Voice: (303) 398-1262
Fax: (303) 270-2352
HilaireE@njhealth.org

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