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Igarashi A.,Nippon Telegraph and Telephone | Kato T.,Janssen Pharmaceutical | Kato M.,Janssen Pharmaceutical | Song M.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Nakagawa H.,Jikei University School of Medicine
Journal of Dermatology | Year: 2012

This phase 2/3, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was designed to assess the safety and efficacy of ustekinumab in Japanese patients with moderate-to-severe plaque-type psoriasis. Overall, 158 patients were randomized to receive ustekinumab 45 or 90 mg at weeks 0, 4, and every 12 weeks, or placebo with cross-over to ustekinumab at week 12. The primary end-point was the proportion of patients achieving at least 75% improvement in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI 75) at week 12. Physician's Global Assessment (PGA), Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), Nail Psoriasis Severity Index and joint pain Visual Analog Scale (VAS) were also measured. At week 12, 59.4% and 67.7% of ustekinumab 45 and 90 mg patients achieved PASI 75, respectively, compared with 6.5% in the placebo group (P < 0.0001 each). PASI 75 responses were maintained through week 64 in 65.0% and 78.6% of the ustekinumab-treated patients, respectively. Placebo cross-over patients had similar responses to ustekinumab-treated patients. Significant improvements in PGA, DLQI and VAS scores were observed at week 12 and generally maintained over time. Adverse events during the placebo-controlled period were similar among groups (45 mg, 65.6%; 90 mg, 59.7%; placebo, 65.6%). Serious adverse events were observed in 0%, 4.8% and 6.3% of patients, respectively. Through week 72, similar rates and types of adverse events and serious adverse events were reported in patients receiving 45 and 90 mg. Rates of injection site reactions and antibodies to ustekinumab were low. Ustekinumab was efficacious and generally well-tolerated in Japanese patients with moderate-to-severe plaque-type psoriasis through 72 weeks. These results are consistent with those reported in the global, phase 3 studies. © 2011 Japanese Dermatological Association.

Sonnenberg G.F.,University of Pennsylvania | Monticelli L.A.,University of Pennsylvania | Elloso M.M.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Fouser L.A.,Pfizer | Artis D.,University of Pennsylvania
Immunity | Year: 2011

Fetal CD4+ lymphoid tissue inducer (LTi) cells play a critical role in the development of lymphoid tissues. Recent studies identified that LTi cells persist in adults and are related to a heterogeneous population of innate lymphoid cells that have been implicated in inflammatory responses. However, whether LTi cells contribute to protective immunity remains poorly defined. We demonstrate that after infection with Citrobacter rodentium, CD4+ LTi cells were a dominant source of interleukin-22 (IL-22) early during infection. Infection-induced CD4+ LTi cell responses were IL-23 dependent, and ablation of IL-23 impaired innate immunity. Further, depletion of CD4+ LTi cells abrogated infection-induced expression of IL-22 and antimicrobial peptides, resulting in exacerbated host mortality. LTi cells were also found to be essential for host protective immunity in lymphocyte-replete hosts. Collectively these data demonstrate that adult CD4+ LTi cells are a critical source of IL-22 and identify a previously unrecognized function for CD4+ LTi cells in promoting innate immunity in the intestine. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

Li J.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Schantz A.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Schwegler M.,JandJ Pharmaceutical Research and Development Inc. | Shankar G.,Centocor Research and Development Inc.
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis | Year: 2011

We assessed the utility of the FortéBio Octet® system for detection of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs) against an investigational therapeutic human IgG1 monoclonal antibody (mAb), CNTO X. To understand the relative merits of this technology, key performance requirements were compared with two popularly accepted ADA detection methods, a step-wise bridging ELISA and a Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) homogeneous (single step binding) bridging ECLIA. When used to detect 13 monoclonal ADAs of varying affinities and one polyclonal ADA, all three methods demonstrated their greatest apparent sensitivity to the polyclonal sample (1, 6, and 130ng/mL, respectively for ECLIA, ELISA, and Octet). Sensitivity to monoclonal ADAs tended to vary in accordance with their affinities, however, the sensitivity of the Octet method varied much less between ADAs. As a result, the above ranking became reversed such that Octet was the most and ELISA least sensitive for detection of low-affinity ADAs. With regard to drug tolerance, the presence of CNTO X could lead to false-negative assay results, although each method was affected to a different degree, with the Octet method tolerating up to 10 times more drug than the ECLIA method, which in turn tolerated up to 10 times more than the ELISA. Finally, the ECLIA and Octet methods were applied to the bioanalysis of cynomolgus monkey sera from a pre-clinical multiple dose study of CNTO X. Octet indicated 3 positive animals developed ADA as early as day 15 of the dosing phase while drug was present at nearly 1mg/mL. ECLIA detected only one of these, and only in a day 57 recovery sample after drug had cleared from circulation. We conclude that the Octet is a promising platform for detection of lower affinity ADAs and is particularly suitable for ADA detection when drug persists at levels that negatively impact bridging immunoassays. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Boland B.,University College Dublin | Boland B.,University of Oxford | Smith D.A.,University of Oxford | Mooney D.,University College Dublin | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Biological Chemistry | Year: 2010

Alterations in the metabolism of amyloid precursor protein (APP) are believed to play a central role in Alzheimer disease pathogenesis. Burgeoning data indicate that APP is proteolytically processed in endosomal-autophagic- lysosomal compartments. In this study, we used both in vivo and in vitro paradigms to determine whether alterations in macroautophagy affect APP metabolism. Three mouse models of glycosphingolipid storage diseases, namely Niemann-Pick type C1, GM1 gangliosidosis, and Sandhoff disease, had mTOR-independent increases in the autophagic vacuole (AV)-associated protein, LC3-II, indicative of impaired lysosomal flux. APP C-terminal fragments (APPCTFs) were also increased in brains of the three mouse models; however, discrepancies between LC3-II and APP-CTFs were seen between primary (GM1 gangliosidosis and Sandhoff disease) and secondary (Niemann-Pick type C1) lysosomal storage models. APP-CTFs were proportionately higher than LC3-II in cerebellar regions of GM1 gangliosidosis and Sandhoff disease, although LC3-II increased before APP-CTFs in brains of NPC1 mice. Endogenous murine Aβ40 from RIPA-soluble extracts was increased in brains of all three mice. The in vivo relationship between AV and APP-CTF accumulation was also seen in cultured neurons treated with agents that impair primary (chloroquine and leupeptin + pepstatin) and secondary (U18666A and vinblastine) lysosomal flux. However, Aβ secretion was unaffected by agents that induced autophagy (rapamycin) or impaired AV clearance, and LC3-II-positive AVs predominantly co-localized with degradative LAMP-1-positive lysosomes. These data suggest that neuronal macroautophagy does not directly regulate APP metabolism but highlights the important anti-amyloidogenic role of lysosomal proteolysis in post-secretase APP-CTF catabolism. © 2010 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

Dudas P.L.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Sague S.L.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Elloso M.M.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Farrell F.X.,Centocor Research and Development Inc.
Nephron - Experimental Nephrology | Year: 2011

Background/Aims: Interleukin-17A (IL-17A) is a T cell-derived inflammatory cytokine that is upregulated during renal allograft rejection. The present study sought to further describe the IL-17A-mediated proinflammatory/profibrotic activity of proximal tubule epithelium that may contribute to allograft rejection. Methods: Immortalized (HK-2) and primary (HRPTEpiC) human proximal tubule epithelial cells were utilized for this study. Profibrotic gene alterations were examined by real-time quantitative PCR. Inflammatory mediator secretion was examined by multiplex bead-based detection of secreted proteins. Immunofluorescence microscopy and immunoblotting were utilized to examine alterations in junctional protein expression and cell morphology. Results: In HK-2 cells IL-17A significantly downregulated the expression of the proepithelial gene CDH1 (E-cadherin) while the proinflammatory/profibrotic genes CTGF, CD44 and TGFBR1 were significantly increased. IL-17A also increased the secretion of fractalkine, G-CSF, GM-CSF, VEGF, IL-6 and IL-8. In HRPTEpiC 100 ng/ml IL-17A upregulated the proinflammatory/profibrotic genes ACTA2, CCL2, CHMP1A, CTGF, FN1, IL6, FSP1, SMAD1, SMAD5, TGFB1 and TGFBR2 while treatment with a reduced concentration of IL-17A (0.1 ng/ml) decreased SMAD5, TGFB1 and PDGFRB expression. Changes in ZO-1 and E-cadherin protein expression and cell morphology were examined following IL-17A treatment as indicators of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. IL-17A decreased ZO-1 expression in HK-2 and HRPTEpiC; however, E-cadherin was only reduced in HK-2 cells. Neither HK-2 nor HRPTEpiC assumed an elongated, fibroblast-like morphology following IL-17A treatment. Conclusions: IL-17A directly mediates proximal tubule epithelial cell proinflammatory/profibrotic activity as demonstrated by the alteration in genes associated with extracellular matrix remodeling and cell-cell interaction, and stimulation of inflammatory mediator and immune cell chemoattractant secretion. Additionally, IL-17A may have a negative impact on barrier integrity as indicated by ZO-1 downregulation. Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG.

Puchalski T.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Prabhakar U.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Jiao Q.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Berns B.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Davis H.M.,Centocor Research and Development Inc.
Clinical Cancer Research | Year: 2010

Purpose: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) induces tumor growth, invasion, metastasis, and angiogenesis. Siltuximab (CNTO 328) is a chimeric, murine-human monoclonal antibody that specifically binds human IL-6 with high affinity. C-reactive protein (CRP) can be a pharmacodynamic (PD) marker of IL-6 bioactivity. Reductions in CRP may correlate with clinical activity and IL-6 bioactivity. Experimental Design: Starting-dose selection for this study was based on a previous siltuximab study in multiple myeloma patients. Pharmacokinetic (PK)/PD modeling explored the relationship between siltuximab PK and CRP suppression following i.v. siltuximab infusion in a three-part phase I/II study in 68 metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients. Modeling results were then used to simulate and determine which siltuximab dosage regimens would maintain CRP suppression below the lower limit of quantification (4 mg/L). Siltuximab was given at 1, 3, 6, or 12 mg/kg at weeks 1 and 4 and then every 2 weeks for 2 cycles in part 1; at 3 or 6 mg/kg every 3 weeks for 4 cycles in part 2; and at 6 mg/kg every 2 weeks for 6 cycles in part 3. Results: A two-compartment PK model adequately described the serum siltuximab concentration-time data. An inhibitory indirect response PD model examined the relationship between siltuximab concentrations and CRP suppression. PD parameter estimates seemed reliable and physiologically relevant. Simulations showed that 6 mg/kg siltuximab every 2 weeks or 9 mg/kg every 3 weeks would reduce serum CRP to below 4 mg/L. Conclusions: Using a stepwise design, PK/PD modeling was used to select the dose levels in this study. Furthermore, PK/PD modeling results were used to help select doses to be used in future siltuximab clinical development. ©2010 AACR.

Benson J.M.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Sachs C.W.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Treacy G.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Zhou H.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | And 4 more authors.
Nature Biotechnology | Year: 2011

Preclinical and clinical studies conducted in the mid-1990s reported strong association and causality between the T-cell helper (T H) 1 inductor cytokine interleukin (IL)-12 and numerous immune-mediated disorders, which spurred the development of therapeutic agents targeting IL-12 function. One of the first to enter the clinic, ustekinumab, is a human monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds to the p40 subunit of IL-12. Subsequent to the generation of ustekinumab, it was discovered that IL-23 also contains the p40 subunit. Thus, although ustekinumab was designed to target IL-12, it also modulates IL-23, a cytokine important to the development and/or maintenance of T H 17 cells. Clinical observations established that IL-12/23p40 is integral to the pathologies of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and Crohn's disease. The molecular and cellular evaluations conducted in ustekinumab clinical programs have provided numerous insights into the pathologic processes of these disorders, illustrating how a novel molecular entity can contribute to our understanding of disease. The individual contributions of these cytokines to specific pathologies require investigation and clinical evaluation of the role of IL-12-and IL-23-specific inhibitors. © 2011 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.

Fasanmade A.A.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Adedokun O.J.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Olson A.,RW Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development | Strauss R.,Centocor Research and Development Inc. | Davis H.M.,Centocor Research and Development Inc.
International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics | Year: 2010

Objectives: Infliximab, an IgG 1 monoclonal antibody (mab), has large inter-individual serum concentration variability. The objective was to determine the extent of the association of baseline albumin concentration and infliximab disposition in patient with ulcerative colitis. Method: Data from 728 patients with ulcerative colitis from two clinical trials were analyzed to evaluate trends between infliximab pharmacokinetics and serum albumin, or liver or kidney function. Response in the placebo and treated groups were compared by baseline serum albumin concentrations (SAC) groups. Results: Patients with higher SAC maintained higher infliximab concentrations, lower clearance, and longer half-life than patients with lower SAC. When analyzed by SAC quartiles, patients in the highest quartile had several-fold greater trough infliximab concentrations when compared with those in the lowest quartile. These observations were consistent in both studies and at different dose levels. Generally, clinical response in patients did not vary with SAC when the SAC was within the normal range, apparently because serum infliximab concentrations remained at therapeutic levels. However, patients with SAC lower than the normal laboratory reference range had much lower median serum infliximab concentrations and lower response rates compared with patients within normal SAC. Infliximab pharmacokinetics did not correlate with SGOT or creatinine clearance. Conclusions: It is hypothesized that the common rescue pathway for both albumin and IgG involving the neonatal Fc receptor may be responsible for the relationship between serum albumin and serum infliximab levels. Baseline albumin level mayserve as a valuable and convenient measure of mab pharmacokinetic expectations in these patients. ©2010 Dustri-Verlag Dr. K. Feistle.

Schoels M.,Hietzing Hospital | Aletaha D.,Medical University of Vienna | Funovits J.,Medical University of Vienna | Kavanaugh A.,University of California at San Diego | And 3 more authors.
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases | Year: 2010

Background and objectives: Instruments for measuring disease activity in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are not yet firmly established, and most of the currently employed ones have been derived for rheumatoid arthritis. Some of these instruments are based on 28 joint counts, which do not capture joints frequently affected in PsA. Therefore, the reliability and validity of DAREA (for 'Disease Activity index for REactive Arthritis'), which was originally developed for reactive arthritis and employs a 66/68 joint count, was tested in patients with PsA. Methods: Trial data from the Infliximab Multinational Psoriatic Arthritis Controlled Trial were analysed. Results were then independently validated using an observational data set. DAREA was compared to other composite indices regarding correlations with core set variables, sensitivity to change and criterion validity. Results: Good correlation of the DAREA with single items of disease activity, other composite scores (r=0.6-0.9) and physical function (Health Assessment Questionnaire; r=0.5) was found. Likewise, DAREA was at least as sensitive to change as the other indices and more so in patients with distal interphalangeal joint involvement. Additionally, DAREA correlated well with radiographic changes. Conclusion: The analyses of this study provide evidence of the utility and validity of the DAREA for PsA disease activity assessment. A second name should therefore be assigned to this score: DAPSA (for 'Disease Activity index for PSoriatic Arthritis').

Lebwohl M.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | Papp K.,University of Western Ontario | Han C.,Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Services LLC | Schenkel B.,Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Services LLC | And 3 more authors.
British Journal of Dermatology | Year: 2010

Background PHOENIX 1 was a phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study that demonstrated the long-term efficacy and safety of ustekinumab in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Objectives To assess the effect of ustekinumab maintenance therapy on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in PHOENIX 1 patients. Patients and methods Patients (n = 766) were randomized to receive ustekinumab 45 mg (n = 255) or 90 mg (n = 256) at weeks 0 and 4 and every 12 weeks thereafter, or placebo (n = 255) at weeks 0 and 4 with crossover to ustekinumab at week 12. Ustekinumab-randomized patients achieving at least 75% improvement in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) 75 at weeks 28 and 40 were re-randomized at week 40 to continue ustekinumab or be withdrawn until loss of therapeutic effect. HRQoL was assessed using the SF-36 and Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). Results At baseline, more than 97% had a DLQI > 1 and the average DLQI was > 10, indicating a significant impact on patients' HRQoL. Significantly greater proportions of patients receiving ustekinumab 45 and 90 mg achieved a normalized DLQI score (≤ 1) compared with placebo (53·2%, 52·4% and 6·0%, respectively, both P < 0·001) at week 12 and achieved a clinically meaningful improvement (increase of at least five points) in SF-36 physical (23·1%, 33·7% and 15·6%) and mental (25·5%, 31·3% and 14·8%) component summary scores. At week 12, changes in individual DLQI and SF-36 domains were significantly better in each ustekinumab group vs. placebo (P < 0·001). The magnitude of improvement across SF-36 scales was greatest for the bodily pain and social functioning domains. Improvements in HRQoL were sustained with maintenance ustekinumab therapy through at least 1 year. Regression analysis showed that, after adjustment for improvement in PASI or Physician's Global Assessment (PGA), ustekinumab-treated patients demonstrated significant improvements in DLQI. Conclusions Ustekinumab improves HRQoL in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Patient-reported outcomes measured a treatment effect beyond that indicated by clinical measures. © 2009 British Association of Dermatologists.

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