Towards a nanoparticle-based prophylactic for maternal autoantibody-related autism

Amir Bolandparvaz, Rian Harriman, Kenneth Alvarez, Kristina Lilova, Zexi Zang, Andy Lam, Elizabeth Edmiston, Alexandra Navrotsky, Natalia Vapniarsky Arzi, Judith A Van de Water, Jamal S. Lewis

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Abstract

Recently, the causative agents of Maternal Autoantibody-Related (MAR) autism, pathological autoantibodies and their epitopic targets (e.g. lactate dehydrogenase B [LDH B] peptide), have been identified. Herein, we report on the development of Systems for Nanoparticle-based Autoantibody Reception and Entrapment (SNAREs), which we hypothesized could scavenge disease-propagating MAR autoantibodies from the maternal blood. To demonstrate this functionality, we synthesized 15 nm dextran iron oxide nanoparticles surface-modified with citric acid, methoxy PEG(10 kDa) amine, and LDH B peptide (33.8 μg peptide/cm2). In vitro, we demonstrated significantly lower macrophage uptake for SNAREs compared to control NPs. The hallmark result of this study was the efficacy of the SNAREs to remove 90% of LDH B autoantibody from patient-derived serum. Further, in vitro cytotoxicity testing and a maximal tolerated dose study in mice demonstrated the safety of the SNARE formulation. This work establishes the feasibility of SNAREs as the first-ever prophylactic against MAR autism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102067
JournalNanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Iron oxide
  • Maternal autoantibody-related autism
  • nanoparticles
  • Peptide-functionalized

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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Bolandparvaz, A., Harriman, R., Alvarez, K., Lilova, K., Zang, Z., Lam, A., Edmiston, E., Navrotsky, A., Vapniarsky Arzi, N., Van de Water, J. A., & Lewis, J. S. (2019). Towards a nanoparticle-based prophylactic for maternal autoantibody-related autism. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, 21, [102067]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nano.2019.102067