Andrea G. Bree

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We have extensively characterized the hematological response of normal and myelosuppressed nonhuman primates to treatment with recombinant human interleukin 11 (rHuIL-11) in vivo. In normal cynomolgus monkeys, rHuIL-11 significantly increased peripheral platelet counts when administered at doses of 10 micrograms/kg/day to 100 micrograms/kg/day either by(More)
Anti-IL-21R antibodies are potential therapeutics for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. This study evaluated correlations between the pharmacodynamic (PD) activity, pharmacokinetics, and anti-product antibody responses of human anti-IL-21R antibodies Ab-01 and Ab-02 following IV administration to cynomolgus monkeys. The PD assay was based on the ability(More)
BACKGROUND Airway inflammation is a hallmark feature of asthma and a driver of airway hyperresponsiveness. IL-13 is a key inducer of airway inflammation in rodent models of respiratory disease, but a role for IL-13 has not been demonstrated in primates. OBJECTIVE We sought to test the efficacy of a neutralizing antibody to human IL-13 in a cynomolgus(More)
Interleukin (IL)-13 is a key cytokine driving allergic and asthmatic responses and contributes to airway inflammation in cynomolgus monkeys after segmental challenge with Ascaris suum antigen. IL-13 bioactivity is mediated by a heterodimeric receptor (IL-13Ralpha1/IL-4Ralpha) and can be inhibited in vitro by targeting IL-13 interaction with either chain.(More)
Interleukin 12 has demonstrated a wide spectrum of bioactivity on T and NK cells both in vitro and in vivo. Therapeutic potential of these activities has been suggested by studies in murine tumor, viral and microbial models of disease. We have investigated the in vivo effect of rhlL-12 in cynomolgus monkeys treated with 1 micrograms/kg/day by bolus i.v. or(More)
In preparation for potential clinical development of Ab-01, an antagonistic antibody directed against the IL21R, studies were undertaken to address translational medicine needs that fall into four categories: 1) development of a pharmacodynamic biomarker assay suitable for use in the clinic, 2) demonstration that Ab-01 has the desired biological activity in(More)
The CD16 receptor (Fc gamma R-III) is found on many tissue macrophages (M phi s), but its expression on circulating monocytes is restricted to a small, phenotypically distinct subset. The number of these CD16+ monocytes may be markedly increased in response to sepsis, human immunodeficiency virus infection, or metastatic malignancy. We have recently shown(More)
A critical component of innate immune response to infection and tissue damage is the NACHT, LRR, and PYD domains-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome, and this pathway and its activation products have been implicated in the pathophysiology of a variety of diseases. NLRP3 inflammasome activation leads to the cleavage of pro-IL-1β and pro-IL-18, as well(More)
Through fragment-based drug design focused on engaging the active site of IRAK4 and leveraging three-dimensional topology in a ligand-efficient manner, a micromolar hit identified from a screen of a Pfizer fragment library was optimized to afford IRAK4 inhibitors with nanomolar potency in cellular assays. The medicinal chemistry effort featured the(More)
Airway inflammation is one of the hallmarks of asthma and can contribute to airway hyperresponsiveness. Using cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) that are naturally sensitized to Ascaris suum antigen in the wild, we developed a reproducible model of acute airway inflammation following segmental A.suum antigen challenge. A pediatric bronchoscope was(More)