InVivoMAb anti-human CD40

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The G28.5 monoclonal antibody reacts with human CD40 also known as Bp50. CD40 is a 48 kDa type I transmembrane glycoprotein that belongs to the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily. CD40 is expressed broadly on antigen-presenting cells (APCs) such as dendritic cells, B cells, macrophages, and monocytes as well as non-immune endothelial cells, basal epithelial cells, and a range of tumors. Upon binding to its ligand CD154, CD40 acts as a costimulatory molecule for the activation of B cells, dendritic cells, monocytes, and other APCs. CD40 plays roles in B cell activation, differentiation, proliferation and Ig isotype switching as well as dendritic cell maturation. Agonistic CD40 monoclonal antibodies have been shown to activate APCs and promote anti-tumor T cell responses. The G28.5 antibody is an agonistic antibody that has been shown to activate CD40 expressing APCs.


Isotype Mouse IgG1, κ
Recommended Isotype Control(s) InVivoMAb mouse IgG1 isotype control, unknown specificity
Recommended Dilution Buffer InVivoPure pH 7.0 Dilution Buffer
Conjugation This product is unconjugated. Conjugation is available via our Antibody Conjugation Services.
Immunogen Human tonsillar lymphocytes
Reported Applications in vitro CD40 stimulation
Functional assays
Flow cytometry
Formulation PBS, pH 7.0
Contains no stabilizers or preservatives
Endotoxin <2EU/mg (<0.002EU/μg)
Determined by LAL gel clotting assay
Purity >95%
Determined by SDS-PAGE
Sterility 0.2 µm filtration
Production Purified from cell culture supernatant in an animal-free facility
Purification Protein G
RRID AB_10950314
Molecular Weight 150 kDa
Storage The antibody solution should be stored at the stock concentration at 4°C. Do not freeze.
in vitro CD40 stimulation
Høglund, R. A., et al. (2020). "CD4(+) T Cells in the Blood of MS Patients Respond to Predicted Epitopes From B cell Receptors Found in Spinal Fluid" Front Immunol 11: 598. PubMed

B cells are important pathogenic players in multiple sclerosis (MS), but their exact role is not known. We have previously demonstrated that B cells from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of MS patients can activate T cells that specifically recognize antigenic determinants (idiotopes) from their B cell receptors (BCRs). The aim of this study was to evaluate whether in silico prediction models could identify antigenic idiotopes of immunoglobulin heavy-chain variable (IGHV) transcriptomes in MS patients. We utilized a previously assembled dataset of CSF IGHV repertoires from MS patients. To guide selection of potential antigenic idiotopes, we used in silico predicted HLA-DR affinity, endosomal processing, as well as transcript frequency from nine MS patients. Idiotopes with predicted low affinity and low likelihood of cathepsins cleavage were inert controls. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from these patients were stimulated with the selected idiotope peptides in presence of anti-CD40 for 12 h. T cells were then labeled for activation status with anti-CD154 antibodies and CD3(+)CD4(+) T cells phenotyped as memory (CD45RO(+)) or naïve (CD45RO(-)), with potential for brain migration (CXCR3 and/or CCR6 expression). Anti-CD14 and -CD8 were utilized to exclude monocytes and CD8(+) T cells. Unstimulated cells or insulin peptides were negative controls, and EBNA-1 peptides or CD3/CD28 beads were positive controls. The mean proportion of responding memory CD4(+) T cells from all nine MS patients was significantly higher for idiotope peptides with predicted high HLA-DR affinity and high likelihood of cathepsin cleavage, than toward predicted inert peptides. Responses were mainly observed toward peptides affiliated with the CDR3 region. Activated memory CD4(+) T cells expressed the chemokine receptor CCR6, affiliated with a Th17 phenotype and allowing passage into the central nervous system (CNS). This in vitro study suggests that that antigenic properties of BCR idiotopes can be identified in silico using HLA affinity and endosomal processing predictions. It further indicates that MS patients have a memory T cell repertoire capable of recognizing frequent BCR idiotopes found in endogenous CSF, and that these T cells express chemokine receptors allowing them to reach the CSF B cells expressing these idiotopes.

in vitro CD40 stimulation
Cooley, L. F., et al. (2015). "Increased B Cell ADAM10 in Allergic Patients and Th2 Prone Mice" PLoS One 10(5): e0124331. PubMed

ADAM10, as the sheddase of the low affinity IgE receptor (CD23), promotes IgE production and thus is a unique target for attenuating allergic disease. Herein, we describe that B cell levels of ADAM10, specifically, are increased in allergic patients and Th2 prone WT mouse strains (Balb/c and A/J). While T cell help augments ADAM10 expression, Balb WT B cells exhibit increased ADAM10 in the naive state and even more dramatically increased ADAM10 after anti-CD40/IL4 stimulation compared C57 (Th1 prone) WT B cells. Furthermore, ADAM17 and TNF are reduced in allergic patients and Th2 prone mouse strains (Balb/c and A/J) compared to Th1 prone controls. To further understand this regulation, ADAM17 and TNF were studied in C57Bl/6 and Balb/c mice deficient in ADAM10. C57-ADAM10B-/- were more adept at increasing ADAM17 levels and thus TNF cleavage resulting in excess follicular TNF levels and abnormal secondary lymphoid tissue architecture not noted in Balb-ADAM10B-/-. Moreover, the level of B cell ADAM10 as well as Th context is critical for determining IgE production potential. Using a murine house dust mite airway hypersensitivity model, we describe that high B cell ADAM10 level in a Th2 context (Balb/c WT) is optimal for disease induction including bronchoconstriction, goblet cell metaplasia, mucus, inflammatory cellular infiltration, and IgE production. Balb/c mice deficient in B cell ADAM10 have attenuated lung and airway symptoms compared to Balb WT and are actually most similar to C57 WT (Th1 prone). C57-ADAM10B-/- have even further reduced symptomology. Taken together, it is critical to consider both innate B cell levels of ADAM10 and ADAM17 as well as Th context when determining host susceptibility to allergic disease. High B cell ADAM10 and low ADAM17 levels would help diagnostically in predicting Th2 disease susceptibility; and, we provide support for the use ADAM10 inhibitors in treating Th2 disease.

in vitro CD40 stimulation
Bankert, K. C., et al. (2015). "Induction of an altered CD40 signaling complex by an antagonistic human monoclonal antibody to CD40" J Immunol 194(9): 4319-4327. PubMed

Blocking the interaction of CD40 with its ligand CD154 is a desirable goal of therapies for preventing and/or ameliorating autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection. CD154-blocking mAbs used in human clinical trials resulted in unanticipated vascular complications, leading to heightened interest in the therapeutic potential of antagonist mAbs specific for human CD40. Abs that do not require physical competition with CD154 to inhibit CD40 signaling have particular therapeutic promise. In this study, we demonstrate that the antagonist anti-human CD40 mAb PG102 fails to trigger CD40-mediated activation, as well as impairs CD154-mediated CD40 activation, via a distinct nonstimulatory CD40 signaling mechanism. PG102 did not induce early CD40-induced signaling events, and it inhibited early kinase and transcription factor activation by CD154 or agonist anti-CD40 mAbs. However, PG102 stimulated normal CD40-mediated TNFR-associated factor (TRAF)2 and TRAF3 degradation. PG102 induced the formation of a CD40 signaling complex that contained decreased amounts of both TRAF2 and TRAF3 and TRAF2-associated signaling proteins. Additionally, PG102-induced CD40 signaling complexes failed to recruit TRAF6 to detergent-insoluble membrane fractions. Fab fragments of PG102, while retaining CD40 binding, did not induce TRAF degradation, nor could they inhibit CD154-stimulated B cell signaling, indicating that CD40 aggregation is required for the signaling inhibition induced by PG102. The antagonistic impact of PG102 on CD40 signaling reveals that the manner of CD40 ligation can determine sharply different outcomes for CD40 signaling and suggests that such information can be used to therapeutically manipulate these outcomes.

Flow Cytometry
Okimura, K., et al. (2014). "Characterization of ASKP1240, a fully human antibody targeting human CD40 with potent immunosuppressive effects" Am J Transplant 14(6): 1290-1299. PubMed

Blocking the CD40-CD154 interaction is reported to be effective for transplantation management and autoimmune disease models in rodents and nonhuman primates. However, clinical trials with anti-CD154 mAbs were halted because of high incidence of thromboembolic complications. Thus, we generated and characterized a fully human anti-CD40 mAb ASKP1240, as an alternative to anti-CD154 mAb. In vitro ASKP1240 concentration-dependently inhibited human peripheral blood mononuclear cell proliferation induced by soluble CD154. In addition, ASKP1240 did not destabilize platelet thrombi under physiological high shear conditions while mouse anti-human CD154 mAb (mu5C8) did. And ASKP1240 itself did not activate platelet and endothelial cells. In vivo administration of ASKP1240 (1 or 10 mg/kg, intravenously) to cynomolgus monkeys, weekly for 3 weeks, significantly attenuated both delayed-type hypersensitivity and specific antibody formation evoked by tetanus toxoid. The immunosuppressive effect was well correlated with the CD40 receptor saturation. Thus, these results suggest that ASKP1240 is immunosuppressive but not prothromboembolic, and as such appears to be a promising therapeutic candidate for the management of solid organ transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases therapy.

in vitro CD40 stimulation
Dumas, G., et al. (2013). "CD40 pathway activation reveals dual function for macrophages in human endometrial cancer cell survival and invasion" Cancer Immunol Immunother 62(2): 273-283. PubMed

Reproductive malignancies are a major cause of cancer death in women worldwide. CD40 is a TNF receptor family member, which upon activation may mediate tumor regression. However, despite the great potential of CD40 agonists, their use as a therapeutic option for reproductive cancers has never been investigated. Because CD40 ligation is a potent pathway of macrophage activation, an in vitro model of pro-inflammatory type-1 (Mvarphi-1) and anti-inflammatory type-2 (Mvarphi-2) macrophages was developed to determine whether and how macrophage CD40 pathway activation might influence endometrial tumor cell behavior. Analysis of tumor growth kinetic in the endometrial cancer xenograft model indicates that, when injected once into the growing tumors, CD40-activated Mvarphi-1 greatly reduced, while CD40-activated Mvarphi-2 increased tumor size when compared to control isotype-activated Mvarphi-1 and Mvarphi-2, respectively. In vitro assays indicated that CD40-activated Mvarphi-2 increased cell viability but failed to promote cell invasion. CD40-activated Mvarphi-1, in contrast, decreased cell survival but greatly increased cell invasion in tumor cells less susceptible to cell death by apoptosis; they also induced the expression of some pro-inflammatory genes, such as IL-6, LIF, and TNF-alpha, known to be involved in tumor promotion and metastasis. The presence of IFN-gamma is minimally required for CD40-activated Mvarphi-1 to promote tumor cell invasion, a process that is mediated in part through the activation of the PI3K/Akt2 signaling pathway in tumor cells. From these results, we speculate that some functions of CD40 in tumor-associated Mvarphis might limit the therapeutic development of CD40 agonists in endometrial cancer malignancies.

Flow Cytometry
Frentsch, M., et al. (2013). "CD40L expression permits CD8+ T cells to execute immunologic helper functions" Blood 122(3): 405-412. PubMed

CD8(+) T cells play an essential role in immunity against intracellular pathogens, with cytotoxicity being considered their major effector mechanism. However, we here demonstrate that a major part of central and effector memory CD8(+) T cells expresses CD40L, one key molecule for CD4(+) T-cell-mediated help. CD40L(+) CD8(+) T cells are detectable among human antigen-specific immune responses, including pathogens such as influenza and yellow fever virus. CD40L(+) CD8(+) T cells display potent helper functions in vitro and in vivo, such as activation of antigen-presenting cells, and exhibit a cytokine expression signature similar to CD4(+) T cells and unrelated to cytotoxic CD8(+) T cells. The broad occurrence of CD40L(+) CD8(+) T cells in cellular immunity implicates that helper functions are not only executed by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II-restricted CD4(+) helper T cells but are also a common feature of MHC class I-restricted CD8(+) T cell responses. Due to their versatile functional capacities, human CD40L(+) CD8(+) T cells are promising candidate cells for immune therapies, particularly when CD4(+) T-cell help or pathogen-associated molecular pattern signals are limited.

in vitro CD40 stimulation
Price, A. M., et al. (2012). "Analysis of Epstein-Barr virus-regulated host gene expression changes through primary B-cell outgrowth reveals delayed kinetics of latent membrane protein 1-mediated NF-kappaB activation" J Virol 86(20): 11096-11106. PubMed

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is an oncogenic human herpesvirus that dramatically reorganizes host gene expression to immortalize primary B cells. In this study, we analyzed EBV-regulated host gene expression changes following primary B-cell infection, both during initial proliferation and through transformation into lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs). While most EBV-regulated mRNAs were changed during the transition from resting, uninfected B cells through initial B-cell proliferation, a substantial number of mRNAs changed uniquely from early proliferation through LCL outgrowth. We identified constitutively and dynamically EBV-regulated biological processes, protein classes, and targets of specific transcription factors. Early after infection, genes associated with proliferation, stress responses, and the p53 pathway were highly enriched. However, the transition from early to long-term outgrowth was characterized by genes involved in the inhibition of apoptosis, the actin cytoskeleton, and NF-kappaB activity. It was previously thought that the major viral protein responsible for NF-kappaB activation, latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1), is expressed within 2 days after infection. Our data indicate that while this is true, LCL-level LMP1 expression and NF-kappaB activity are not evident until 3 weeks after primary B-cell infection. Furthermore, heterologous NF-kappaB activation during the first week after infection increased the transformation efficiency, while early NF-kappaB inhibition had no effect on transformation. Rather, inhibition of NF-kappaB was not toxic to EBV-infected cells until LMP1 levels and NF-kappaB activity were high. These data collectively highlight the dynamic nature of EBV-regulated host gene expression and support the notion that early EBV-infected proliferating B cells have a fundamentally distinct growth and survival phenotype from that of LCLs.

in vitro CD40 stimulation
D’Souza, B. N., et al. (2004). "Nuclear factor kappa B-dependent activation of the antiapoptotic bfl-1 gene by the Epstein-Barr virus latent membrane protein 1 and activated CD40 receptor" J Virol 78(4): 1800-1816. PubMed

Suppression of the cellular apoptotic program by the oncogenic herpesvirus Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is central to both the establishment of latent infection and the development of EBV-associated malignancies. We have previously shown that expression of the EBV latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) in Burkitt’s lymphoma cell lines leads to increased mRNA levels from the cellular antiapoptotic bfl-1 gene (also known as A1). Furthermore, ectopic expression of Bfl-1 in an EBV-positive cell line exhibiting a latency type 1 infection protects against apoptosis induced by growth factor deprivation (B. N. D’Souza, M. Rowe, and D. Walls, J. Virol. 74:6652-6658, 2000). We now report that LMP1 drives bfl-1 promoter activity through interactions with components of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR)/CD40 signaling pathway. We present evidence that this process is NF-kappa B dependent, involves the recruitment of TNFR-associated factor 2, and is mediated to a greater extent by the carboxyl-terminal activating region 2 (CTAR2) relative to the CTAR1 domain of LMP1. Activation of CD40 receptor also led to increased bfl-1 mRNA levels and an NF-kappa B-dependent increase in bfl-1 promoter activity in Burkitt’s lymphoma-derived cell lines. We have delineated a 95-bp region of the promoter that functions as an LMP1-dependent transcriptional enhancer in this cellular context. This sequence contains a novel NF-kappa B-like binding motif that is essential for transactivation of bfl-1 by LMP1, CD40, and the NF-kappa B subunit protein p65. These findings highlight the role of LMP1 as a mediator of EBV-host cell interactions and may indicate an important route by which it exerts its cellular growth transforming properties.

in vitro CD40 stimulation
Francisco, J. A., et al. (2000). "Agonistic properties and in vivo antitumor activity of the anti-CD40 antibody SGN-14" Cancer Res 60(12): 3225-3231. PubMed

Ligation of CD40 is essential for primary B-cell activation and expansion and yet has suppressive or apoptotic effects on some CD40-expressing neoplasia. SGN-14 is a monoclonal antibody that binds to the human CD40 receptor. Here we report that SGN-14, in the presence of interleukin 4, provided a modest level of stimulation of peripheral blood B cells, as measured by proliferation. Stimulation was greatly enhanced in the presence of nonproliferating CD40 ligand-expressing cells. The enhanced agonistic activity could be attributed to a dose-dependent increase in CD40L binding to CD40 in the presence of SGN-14. In contrast to its proliferative effect on primary B cells, SGN-14 inhibited the growth of B-cell-derived tumor lines in vitro, and this growth inhibition was enhanced in the presence of CD40L-expressing cells. In vivo, SGN-14 showed significant antitumor activity in treating human B-cell lymphoma and multiple myeloma xenografted severe combined immunodeficient mice. Antitumor activity was not diminished by blunting murine natural killer activity, suggesting that CD40 ligation contributes to the antitumor efficacy of SGN-14. On the basis of these activities, SGN-14 is being pursued for therapeutic use in treating patients with CD40-expressing hematological malignancies.