Antibody-mediated delivery of VEGF-C potently reduces chronic skin inflammation.

Schwager, Simon; Renner, Silvana; Hemmerle, Teresa; Karaman, Sinem; Proulx, Steven T.; Fetz, Roman; Golding-Ochsenbein, Alexandra Michaela; Probst, Philipp; Halin, Cornelia; Neri, Dario; Detmar, Michael (2018). Antibody-mediated delivery of VEGF-C potently reduces chronic skin inflammation. JCI insight, 3(23) JCI Insight 10.1172/jci.insight.124850

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VEGF-C is an important mediator of lymphangiogenesis and has been shown to alleviate chronic inflammation in a variety of disease models. In this study, we investigated whether targeted delivery of VEGF-C to sites of inflammation and site-specific activation of lymphatic vessels would represent a clinically feasible strategy for treating chronic skin inflammation. To this end, we generated a fusion protein consisting of human VEGF-C fused to the F8 antibody (F8-VEGF-C), which is specific for the alternatively spliced, angiogenesis-marking extradomain A (EDA) of fibronectin. In two mouse models of psoriasis-like skin inflammation, mediated by transgenic VEGF-A overexpression or repeated application of imiquimod, intravenous treatment with F8-VEGF-C but not with untargeted VEGF-C significantly reduced ear skin edema and was as effective as the clinically used TNF-α receptor-Fc fusion protein (TNFR-Fc). Treatment with F8-VEGF-C led to a marked expansion of lymphatic vessels in the inflamed skin and significantly improved lymphatic drainage function. At the same time, treatment with F8-VEGF-C significantly reduced leukocyte numbers, including CD4+ and γδ T cells. In sum, our results reveal that targeted delivery of VEGF-C and site-specific induction of lymphatic vessels represent a potentially new and promising approach for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Theodor Kocher Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Proulx, Steven Thomas


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




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21 Nov 2019 10:12

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21 Nov 2019 10:12

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Dermatology Fibronectin Skin Therapeutics growth factors




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