Gilabert-Oriol R, Thakur M, Haussmann K, Niesler N, Bhargava C, Görick C, Fuchs H, Weng A (2016) Saponins from Saponaria officinalis L. augment the efficacy of a Rituximab-immunotoxin. Planta Med 82:1525-1531. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-110495
Summary: It is known that triterpenoidal saponins that come from Saponaria officinalis, the plant that saporin comes from, increases the cytotoxicity of saporin by modulating its intracellular trafficking. Investigators wanted to know if this could increase the therapeutic affect of Rituximab-Saporin. In the presence of saponins, Rituximab-Saporin had a 700-fold increase in efficacy. Concentrations of 0.0001-1nM of Anti-CD22-SAP (Cat. #IT-37) and 0.001-10nM of Anti-CD25-SAP (Cat. #IT-24) were also tested in vitro with saponins for comparison. They saw a 170-fold and 25-fold increase in cytotoxicity, respectively. All conjugates were tested on Ramos cells, and differing levels of receptor expression could explain the drastic differences in cytotoxicity enhancement.