Clinical Use and Therapeutic Potential of IVIG/SCIG, Plasma-Derived IgA or IgM, and Other Alternative Immunoglobulin Preparations

Späth, Peter Julius; Schneider, Christoph; von Gunten, Stephan (2017). Clinical Use and Therapeutic Potential of IVIG/SCIG, Plasma-Derived IgA or IgM, and Other Alternative Immunoglobulin Preparations. Archivum immunologiae et therapiae experimentalis, 65(3), pp. 215-231. Springer 10.1007/s00005-016-0422-x

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Intravenous and subcutaneous immunoglobulin preparations, consisting of IgG class antibodies, are increasingly used to treat a broad range of pathological conditions, including humoral immune deficiencies, as well as acute and chronic inflammatory or autoimmune disorders. A plethora of Fab- or Fc-mediated immune regulatory mechanisms has been described that might act separately or in concert, depending on pathogenesis or stage of clinical condition. Attempts have been undertaken to improve the efficacy of polyclonal IgG preparations, including the identification of relevant subfractions, mild chemical modification of molecules, or modification of carbohydrate side chains. Furthermore, plasma-derived IgA or IgM preparations may exhibit characteristics that might be exploited therapeutically. The need for improved treatment strategies without increase in plasma demand is a goal and might be achieved by more optimal use of plasma-derived proteins, including the IgA and the IgM fractions. This article provides an overview on the current knowledge and future strategies to improve the efficacy of regular IgG preparations and discusses the potential of human plasma-derived IgA, IgM, and preparations composed of mixtures of IgG, IgA, and IgM.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology

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Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Späth, Peter Julius, Schneider, Christoph (B), von Gunten, Stephan


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Jana Berger

Date Deposited:

16 Dec 2016 11:04

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29 Mar 2023 23:35

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Host defence; IVIG; Immunoglobulin preparations; Immunomodulation; Polyclonal IgA; Polyclonal IgG; Polyclonal IgM; SCIG




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