Targeting Talk: Anti-DBH-SAP specificity

Q: I’m interested in your anti-DBH-saporin toxin for lesioning central catecholaminergic neurons. I see from the product description that the antibody used is a mouse monoclonal — designed to specifically target rat DBH. My interest is to produce targeted lesions in mouse transgenic. Will this product still work specifically? Thanks.

A: Unfortunately, we do not have really good data to support the use of our Anti-DBH-SAP (Cat. #IT-03) in mice. There is significant homology between mouse and rat DBH, however the actual antigen for both the mouse monoclonal we use in the immunotoxin and an alternate unpurified rabbit polyclonal, is native bovine DBH enzyme. For further background information there are two references where our product was used in mice. The reference summaries from previous issues of Targeting Trends are listed below.

An early sympathetic nervous system influence exacerbates collagen-induced arthritis via CD4+ / CD25+ cells.[1] The sympathetic nervous system can play conflicting roles in collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). CD4+CD25+ T cells can play an immunoregulatory effect in this system depending on the expression of the FoxP3 transcription factor. Mice received 5-µg intraperitoneal injections of anti-DBH-SAP to induce an early sympathectomy. The results indicate that the sympathetic nervous system increases disease severity in CIA by stimulating some of the proinflammatory aspects of CD4+CD25+ T cells.

An opposing time-dependent immune-modulating effect of the sympathetic nervous system conferred by altering the cytokine profile in the local lymph nodes and spleen of mice with type II collagen-induced arthritis.[2] In this work the authors examined the role of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) in late stages of chronic arthritis. 5 µg intraperitoneal injections of anti-DBH-SAP in mice were used to confirm that previous 6-OHDA injections caused a sympathectomy. The results demonstrate that the SNS supports inflammation during the asymptomatic phase of arthritis, but inhibits inflammation during the chronic symptomatic phase.

1. Harle P, Pongratz G, Albrecht J, Tarner IH, Straub RH (2008) An early sympathetic nervous system influence exacerbates collagen-induced arthritis via CD4+CD25+ cells. Arthritis Rheum 58:2347-2355. (Targeting Trends 10q2)

2. Harle P, Mobius D, Carr DJ, Scholmerich J, Straub RH (2005) An opposing time-dependent immune-modulating effect of the sympathetic nervous system conferred by altering the cytokine profile in the local lymph nodes and spleen of mice with type II collagen-induced arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 52:1305-1313. (Targeting Trends 10q2)