Deglycosylated anti-amyloid beta antibodies reduce microglial phagocytosis and cytokine production while retaining the capacity to induce amyloid beta sequestration

Kazuyuki Takata, Chiho Hirata-Fukae, Amanda G. Becker, Saori Chishiro, Audrey J. Gray, Kouhei Nishitomi, Andreas H. Franz, Gaku Sakaguchi, Akira Kato, Mark P. Mattson, Frank M. LaFerla, Paul S. Aisen, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Yasuji Matsuoka

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Accumulation of amyloid beta (Abeta) is a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, and lowering Abeta is a promising therapeutic approach. Intact anti-Abeta antibodies reduce brain Abeta through two pathways: enhanced microglial phagocytosis and Abeta transfer from the brain to the periphery (Abeta sequestration). While activation of microglia, which is essential for microglial phagocytosis, is necessarily accompanied by undesired neuroinflammatory events, the capacity for sequestration does not seem to be linked to such effects. We and other groups have found that simple Abeta binding agents are sufficient to reduce brain Abeta through the sequestration pathway. In this study, we aimed to eliminate potentially deleterious immune activation from antibodies without affecting the ability to induce sequestration. The glycan portion of immunoglobulin is critically involved in interactions with immune effectors including the Fc receptor and complement c1q; deglycosylation eliminates these interactions, while antigen (Abeta)-binding affinity is maintained. In this study, we investigated whether deglycosylated anti-Abeta antibodies reduce microglial phagocytosis and neuroinflammation without altering the capacity to induce Abeta sequestration. Deglycosylated antibodies maintained Abeta binding affinity. Deglycosylated antibodies did not enhance Abeta phagocytosis or cytokine release in primary cultured microglia, whereas intact antibodies did so significantly. Intravenous injection of deglycosylated antibodies elevated plasma Abeta levels and induced Abeta sequestration to a similar or greater degree compared with intact antibodies in an Alzheimer's transgenic mouse model without or with Abeta plaque pathology. We conclude that deglycosylated antibodies effectively induced Abeta sequestration without provoking neuroinflammation; thus, these deglycosylated antibodies may be optimal for sequestration therapy for Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2458-2468
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Immunization
  • Immunotherapy
  • Transgenic mice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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