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Active DNA Aβ42 vaccination as immunotherapy for Alzheimer disease

Doris Lambracht-Washington
  • Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, Alzheimer’s Disease Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
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Published Online: 2012-11-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13380-012-0037-6


As a neurodegenerative disorder, Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia found in the aging population. Immunotherapy with passive or active immunizations targeting amyloid beta (Aβ) build-up in the brain may provide a possible treatment option and may help prevent AD from progressing. A number of passive immunizations with anti-Aβ42 antibodies are in different phases of clinical trials. One active immunization approach, AN-1792, was stopped after the development of autoimmune encephalitis in 6% of patients and a second one, CAD106, in which a small Aβ epitope is used, is currently in safety and tolerability studies. Besides active immunizations with proteins or peptides, active immunizations using DNA which codes for the protein against which the immune response will be directed, so called genetic immunizations, provide additional safety as the immune response in DNA immunizations differs quantitatively and qualitatively from the response elicited by peptide immunizations. We summarize in this review our data using DNA Aβ42 immunizations in mouse models and discuss the results together with the results presented by many other groups working on a DNA vaccine as treatment option for AD.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; Amyloid beta; Immunotherapy; Vaccination

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Citation Information: Translational Neuroscience, Volume 3, Issue 4, Pages 307–313, ISSN (Online) 2081-6936, ISSN (Print) 2081-3856, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13380-012-0037-6.

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