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Neutralizing and Binding Antibodies to IFN-beta: Relative Frequency in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients Treated with Different IFN-beta Preparations

J Interferon Cytokine Res 2002 Feb;22(2):207-13
Scagnolari C, Bellomi F, Turriziani O, Bagnato F, Tomassini V, Lavolpe V, Ruggieri M, Bruschi F, Meucci G, Dicuonzo G, Antonelli G.
Department of Experimental Medicine-Virology Section, University "La Sapienza," Rome, Italy.

The frequencies of anti-interferon-beta (IFN-beta) antibody development reported to date in patients treated with different IFN-beta preparations are not readily comparable mainly because of differences in underlying diseases and assay methods.

Thus, the frequency of neutralizing antibody (NAb) and binding antibody (BAb) development was analyzed in a sample of sera derived from a homogeneous group of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients treated with different IFN-beta preparations.

The frequency of developing NAb and BAb to IFN-beta varied according to the IFN-beta given.

Specifically, the NAb seroconversion frequency was significantly higher in patients treated with Betaferon, Schering AG, Berlin, Germany (31.3%) than in patients treated with both preparations of recombinant IFN-beta1a (Rebif, Serono, Geneva, Switzerland [7.4%] or Avonex, Biogen, Cambridge, MA [6.3%]).

Analysis of BAb seroconversion frequency in the same patients revealed that different IFN-beta preparations may also have different capability to induce BAb development and that BAb are produced during IFN-beta therapy at a significantly higher rate than NAb.

Our main conclusion is that different human IFN-beta preparations may possess different immunogenicities, leading to varying frequency of development of antibody to IFN-beta in RRMS.