InVivoMAb anti-rat IL-4

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The OX-81 monoclonal antibody reacts with rat IL-4 (interleukin-4) a multifunctional 14 kDa cytokine. IL-4 is expressed primarily by activated Th2 cells and NK cells, and at lower levels by mast cells, and basophils. IL-4 signals through the IL-4Rα. Upon receptor binding IL-4 stimulates activated B and T lymphocyte proliferation, and the differentiation of B cells into plasma cells. It also induces B cell class switching to IgE, and up-regulates MHC class II production while decreasing the production of Th1 cells, macrophages, IFNγ, and dendritic cell IL-12. Like other Th2 associated cytokines, IL-4 is involved in the airway inflammation observed in the lungs of patients with allergic asthma. The OX-81 antibody has been shown to neutralize the bioactivity of rat IL-4.


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 Recombinant rat IL-4
Reported Applications in vivo IL-4 neutralization
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
Molecular Weight 150 kDa
Storage The antibody solution should be stored at the stock concentration at 4°C. Do not freeze.
Flow Cytometry
Mitsuoka N, Iwagaki H, Ozaki M, Sheng SD, Sadamori H, Matsukawa H, Morimoto Y, Matsuoka J, Tanaka N, Yagi T. (2004). "The impact of portal infusion with donor-derived bone marrow cells and intracellular cytokine expression of graft-infiltrating lymphocytes on the graft survival in rat small bowel transplant model" Transpl Immunol 13(3):155-60. PubMed

Intraportal administration of alloantigen is reported to reduce antigen-specific immune responses, although the underlying mechanisms for the reduced immunological reactions, especially those of the graft, are poorly understood. We examined intracellular cytokine production by graft-infiltrating lymphocytes (GILs) and peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of beneficial effects on intraportal infusion of donor cells in rat small bowel transplantation (SBT).

Salomon I, Netzer N, Wildbaum G, Schif-Zuck S, Maor G, Karin N. (2002). "Targeting the function of IFN-gamma-inducible protein 10 suppresses ongoing adjuvant arthritis" J Immunol 169(5):2685-93. PubMed

IFN-gamma-inducible protein 10 (IP-10) is a CXC chemokine that is thought to manifest a proinflammatory role because it stimulates the directional migration of activated T cells, particularly Th1 cells. It is an open question whether this chemokine is also directly involved in T cell polarization. We show here that during the course of adjuvant-induced arthritis the immune system mounts a notable Ab titer against self-IP-10. Upon the administration of naked DNA encoding IP-10, this titer rapidly accelerates to provide protective immunity. Self-specific Ab to IP-10 developed in protected animals, as well as neutralizing Ab to IP-10 that we have generated in rabbits, could inhibit leukocyte migration, alter the in vivo and in vitro Th1/Th2 balance toward low IFN-gamma, low TNF-alpha, high IL-4-producing T cells, and adoptively transfer disease suppression. This not only demonstrates the pivotal role of this chemokine in T cell polarization during experimentally induced arthritis but also suggests a practical way to interfere in the regulation of disease to provide protective immunity. From the basic science perspective, this study challenges the paradigm of in vivo redundancy. After all, we did not neutralize the activity of other chemokines that bind CXCR3 (i.e., macrophage-induced gene and IFN-inducible T cell alpha chemoattractant) and yet significantly blocked not only adjuvant-induced arthritis but also the in vivo competence to mount delayed-type hypersensitivity.

in vivo IL-4 neutralization
Tran GT, Carter N, He XY, Spicer TS, Plain KM, Nicolls M, Hall BM, Hodgkinson SJ. (2001). "Reversal of experimental allergic encephalomyelitis with non-mitogenic, non-depleting anti-CD3 mAb therapy with a preferential effect on T(h)1 cells that is augmented by IL-4" Int Immunol 13(9):1109-20. PubMed

This study examined whether therapy with a non-mitogenic, non-activating anti-CD3 mAb (G4.18) alone, or in combination with the T(h)2 cytokines, could inhibit induction or facilitate recovery from experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) in Lewis rats. G4.18, but not rIL-4, rIL-5 or anti-IL-4 mAb, reduced the severity and accelerated recovery from active EAE. A combination of rIL-4 with G4.18 was more effective than G4.18 alone. The infiltrate of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells, B cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages in the brain stem was less with combined G4.18 and IL-4 than G4.18 therapy or no treatment. Residual cells had preferential sparing of T(r)1 cytokines IL-5 and transforming growth factor-beta with loss of T(h)1 markers IL-2, IFN-gamma and IL-12Rbeta2, and the T(h)2 cytokine IL-4 as well as macrophage cytokines IL-10 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha. Lymph nodes draining the site of immunization had less mRNA for T(h)1 cytokines, but T(h)2 and T(r)1 cytokine expression was spared. Treatment with G4.18, rIL-4 or rIL-5 from the time of immunization had no effect on the course of active EAE. MRC OX-81, a mAb that blocks IL-4, delayed onset by 2 days, but had no effect on severity of active EAE. G4.18 also inhibited the ability of activated T cells from rats with active EAE to transfer passive EAE. This study demonstrated that T cell-mediated inflammation was rapidly reversed by a non-activating anti-CD3 mAb that blocked effector T(h)1 cells, and spared cells expressing T(h)2 and T(r)1 cytokines.

Uchikawa R, Matsuda S, Arizono N. (2000). "Suppression of gamma interferon transcription and production by nematode excretory-secretory antigen during polyclonal stimulation of rat lymph node T cells" Infect Immun 68(11):6233-9. PubMed

Although certain helminth infections preferentially induce type 2 T-cell responses, the immunological mechanisms responsible for type 2 T-cell polarization remain unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of excretory-secretory (ES) antigen from the nematode Nippostrongylus brasiliensis on cytokine production by mesenteric lymph node (MLN) cells isolated from naive rats. MLN cells produced considerable levels of gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) during a 72-h stimulation with concanavalin A (ConA) or with immobilized anti-CD3 plus soluble anti-CD28 antibodies (anti-CD3/CD28). With either stimulation, 10 microg of ES antigen per ml significantly suppressed IFN-gamma and interleukin-2 (IL-2) production without cytotoxic activity. The copresence of anti-IL-4, anti-IL-10, or transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) blocking antibodies did not alter the suppressive effect of ES antigen on IFN-gamma production. ES antigen did not affect IL-10 production. Kinetic studies of the effect of ES antigen indicated that the antigen suppressed even ongoing IFN-gamma production. Reverse transcription-PCR study showed that in the presence of ES antigen, IFN-gamma mRNA expression by MLN cells was suppressed 6 and 12 h after ConA or anti-CD3/CD28 stimulation. ES antigen also significantly suppressed IFN-gamma production by purified CD4(+) or CD8(+) T cells during anti-CD3/CD28 stimulation but did not affect IL-4 production by CD4(+) T cells. These findings suggested that the nematode antigen suppressed production of IFN-gamma and IL-2 but not IL-4 or IL-10 production. ES antigen-mediated suppression of IFN-gamma during the initiation of the immune response may provide a microenvironment that helps generation of type 2 T cells.

in vivo IL-4 neutralization
Saoudi A, Simmonds S, Huitinga I, Mason D. (1995). "Prevention of experimental allergic encephalomyelitis in rats by targeting autoantigen to B cells: evidence that the protective mechanism depends on changes in the cytokine response and migratory properties of the autoantigen-specific T cells" J Exp Med 182(2):335-44. PubMed

Previous experiments from this laboratory have shown that Lewis rats were protected from experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) induced by the injection of myelin basic protein (MBP) in Freund's complete adjuvant if they were treated with the encephalitogenic peptide of MBP covalently linked to mouse anti-rat immunoglobulin (Ig) D. It was suggested that this protection developed because the antibody-peptide conjugate targeted the peptide to B cells and that this mode of presentation induced a Th2-like T cell response that controlled the concomitant encephalitogenic Th1 reaction to the autoantigen. The current experiments were carried out to test this hypothesis and to examine the alternative explanation for the protective effect of the conjugate pretreatment, namely that it induced a state of nonresponsiveness in the autoantigenspecific T cells. It was shown that EAE induction was suppressed in Lewis rats when the antibody-peptide conjugate was injected intravenously 14 and 7 d before immunization with MBP in adjuvant, but that anti-MBP antibody titers were at least as high in these animals as in controls that were not pretreated with the conjugate before immunization. Lymph node cells from these pretreated animals, while proliferating in vitro to MBP as vigorously as those from controls, produced less interferon gamma and were very inferior in their ability to transfer disease after this in vitro activation. In contrast, these same lymph node cells from protected rats generated markedly increased levels of messenger RNA for interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13. When these in vitro experiments were repeated using the encephalitogenic peptide rather than MBP as the stimulus, the proliferative response of lymph node cells from pretreated donors was less than that from controls but was still readily detectable in the majority of experiments. Furthermore, the cytokine expression induced by the peptide was similar to that elicited by whole MBP. While these results support the original hypothesis that the anti-IgD-peptide conjugate pretreatment protected rats from EAE by inducing a Th2-type cytokine response, a totally unexpected finding was that this pretreatment greatly reduced the level of leukocyte infiltration into the central nervous system. This result provides a direct explanation for the protective effect of the pretreatment, but it raises questions regarding migratory and homing patterns of leukocytes activated by different immunological stimuli.