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An in vitro analysis of the interaction between infliximab and granulocyte-monocyte apheresis

Iago Rodríguez-Lago 1Leticia Abecia 2Iratxe Seoane 2Juan Anguita 3José Luis Cabriada 4Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2023 Jul 6:S0210-5705(23)00370-9. doi: 10.1016/j.gastrohep.2023.07.001.[Article in English, Spanish]

Objective: Primary non-response and secondary loss of response to anti-TNF agents are common in inflammatory bowel disease. Increasing drug concentrations are correlated to better clinical response and remission rates. Combination of granulocyte-monocyte apheresis (GMA) with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents could be an option in these patients. The objective of our study was to perform an in vitro assay to determine if the GMA device can lead to infliximab (IFX) adsorption.

Patients and methods: A blood sample was obtained from a healthy control. It was incubated with three concentrations of IFX (3, 6, and 9μg/ml) at room temperature for 10min. At that time, 1ml was collected to determine the IFX concentration. Then, 10ml of each drug concentration was incubated with 5ml of cellulose acetate (CA) beads from the GMA device at 200rpm for 1h at 37°C to simulate physiological human conditions. A second sample of each concentration was collected and IFX levels were determined.

Results: No statistically significant differences were observed in the IFX levels in the blood samples before and after incubation with the CA beads (p=0.41) and after repeated measurements (p=0.31). Mean change was 3.8μg/ml.

Conclusions: The in vitro combination of GMA and IFX did not change the circulating levels of IFX at the three concentrations tested, suggesting that there is no interaction between the drug and the apheresis device in vitro and that they might be safely combined with each other.

An in vitro analysis of the interaction between infliximab and granulocyte-monocyte apheresis – PubMed (nih.gov)

An in vitro analysis of the interaction between infliximab and granulocyte–monocyte apheresis – ScienceDirect

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The clinical efficacy and safety of granulocyte and monocyte adsorptive apheresis in patients with Crohn’s disease: A multicenter retrospective cohort study

Nobuhiro Ueno Seisuke Saito Masahiro Sato Yuya Sugiyama doi: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-3037827/v1

Background: A remission induction therapy of granulocyte and monocyte adsorptive apheresis (GMA) with Adacolumn was given to patients with active Crohn’s disease (CD). However, establishing an appropriate treatment strategy for GMA in patients with active CD remains unclear. Methods: This multicenter retrospective cohort study encompassed patients with CD who underwent GMA in seven independent institutions in Japan from January 2010 to March 2023. All clinical data were obtained from medical records. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy, safety, and subsequent clinical progression after GMA in patients with CD. Result: This study enrolled 173 patients with active inflammatory bowel disease who underwent GMA with Adacolumn, and among them, 16 patients with CD with mild to moderate disease activity were analyzed. Concomitant medication, including steroids, immunomodulators, and biologics, was used in 93.7% of all cases. The overall remission and response rates were 25.0% and 68.8%, respectively. The response rate between groups concerning the frequency and total GMA sessions revealed no significant difference. Six (37.5%) patients experienced adverse events (AEs). All AEs were related to the trouble in blood access and recovered soon without any sequelae. Regarding the factors associated with response to GMA, the responder group had a significantly longer disease duration (336 vs 44 months, p = 0.036) and exhibited a relatively lower rate of intestinal strictures and a median score of a simple endoscopic score for CD (SES-CD) (9.1 vs 60 %, p = 0.063 and 10 vs 21.5, p = 0.091, respectively). Further, all patients responding to GMA received biologics that were continuously used before and after GMA. Furthermore, 36.4% of patients remained on the same biologics 52 weeks after GMA. Notably, all patients who continued the same biologics had previously experienced a loss of response to anti-tumor necrosis factor-α agent. Conclusion: Therefore, GMA may exhibit heightened effectiveness in patients with moderately active CD without severe endoscopic activity. Moreover, it represents a potential novel therapeutic option for refractory CD, particularly with insufficient response to biologics.

(PDF) The clinical efficacy and safety of granulocyte and monocyte adsorptive apheresis in patients with Crohn’s disease: A multicenter retrospective cohort study (researchgate.net)

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