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What is a biological therapy?

Any pharmaceutical therapy except that of small molecules (less than 100 daltons)


How are exosomes produced?

invagination of plasma membrane, captures moelcules.

develpoed as a means of communication between cells


Why are exosomes exciting?

modified exosomes can be used for packaging, used to transport sRNA into tissues - also used to cross the epithelial barrier and hence could be used via inhalation

Biosynthetic exosomes can deliver nucleotides to the lung, which are usually hard because of their size and charge


What are some novel protein scaffold technologies?

Anti-calin - complexed to digitoxigenin

Adnection - complexed to IL-23

Avimer scaffold - has multimeric potential which gives high affinity

VHH nanbodyes (from camels) has also been exploited

BiSpecific T cell engager - (bite)-like structures, brings the T cell towards the tumour cell


The small protein scaffolds, have shorter half lives, but have properties that would allow them to be used where Ig have difficulty...

penetrating - important when considering inhalation


What is pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP)?

rare autoimmune disease casuing deficiency of GM-CSF activity

causes reduced macrophage/neutrophil clearance of surfactant protein leads to fluid accumulation and impaired gas exchange


How can PAP be treated?

lung lavage - invasive and difficult

but now may be treated with recombinant GM-CSF (an inhaled version is being trialled)


What is the objective when using mesenchymal stem cells?

repair and anti-inflammation action (sources of IL-10, TGFB1)


Where are Vaccines relevant for lung disease?

targeting combating exacerbation of asthma and COPD

reduce amount of infection with influenza for instance

unfortunately no vaccine for Rhinovirus yet...


Why are pseudo-typed lentivirus useful in CF treatment?

They can insert in cells that AREN'T dividing (i.e in a quiescent state)

further engineering with an M2 coat protein will allow it to cross mucosal layers (to help with uptake)


Hypersecretion of mucos can cause...

Which interleukin is responsible for this?

airway obstruction (this is a result in IL-13 signalling)

IL-13 can also stimulate Periostin - which is why it is a biomarker of IL-13


Where is there interest in cytokine targeting in asthma?

When it is not fully controlled by long acting beta-agonists and inhaled cortico-steriods = severe asthma


What are some cytokine targeting agents?

Lebrikizumab is directed against IL-13

prevents it from interacting with the IL-4 receptor, therefore diminishes IL-13 signalling

Used on top of standard of care (LABA/ICS/CysLT1blocker)


IL4-Receptor-alpha is a common receptor to which interleukins?

IL-4 and IL-13

blocking prevents action of both


What are the advangates of biologics?

Selectivity, potentiall lesser burden of adverse effects

shorter development time

long half life


What are the disadvantages of biologics?

High cost of production

need for parenteral administration

many targets are intracellular