Therapeutic removal of amyloid deposits in cutaneous amyloidosis by localised intra-lesional injections of anti-amyloid antibodies

Audra L. Clos, Cristian A. Lasagna-Reeves, Richard Wagner, Brent Kelly, George R. Jackson, Rakez Kayed

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In the skin, amyloidosis can be found with or without systemic disease. Primary cutaneous amyloidosis defines those amyloidoses restricted to the skin without involvement of other systems. Here, we used conformation-specific antibodies to characterise both fibrillar and oligomeric amyloid aggregates in the skin from patients with cutaneous amyloidosis. Localised cutaneous amyloidosis with different morphology was reproduced in mice by intra-dermal (i.d.) and subdermal administration of amyloid-enhancing factor. Moreover, we demonstrated that conformational antibodies were effective in clearing amyloid deposits caused by localised intra-lesional injections without the necessity of an immune response. Given the accessibility and amyloid localization in this disease, direct i.d. injections of conformational antibodies could be a convenient and direct method for treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-911
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Dermatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010



  • Cutaneous amyloidosis
  • Fibrils and conformational antibodies
  • Oligomers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry

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