Development of a novel therapy for Lipo-oligosaccharide-induced experimental neuritis: Use of peptide glycomimics

Seigo Usuki, Kyoji Taguchi, Yi Hua Gu, Stuart A. Thompson, Robert K Yu

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Recent etiological studies have revealed that molecular mimicry between the lipo-oligosaccharide (LOS) component of Campylobacter jejuni and gangliosides of peripheral nervous system plays an important role in the pathogenesis of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Previously, we demonstrated GD3 ganglioside molecular mimicry in a model of GBS in Lewis rats by sensitization with GD3-like LOS (LOSGD3) from C. jejuni. Since the neuropathophysiological consequences were due largely to the anti-GD3-like antibodies, we subsequently focused our effort upon eliminating the pathogenic antibodies using several strategies to mimic GD3 in this model. Here, we have validated this strategy by the use of peptide glycomimics based on epitopic mimicry between carbohydrates and peptides. We treated rats by i.p. administration of phage-displayed GD3-like peptides. One GD3-like peptide (PGD3-4; RHAYRSMAEWGFLYS) induced in treated rats a remarkable restoration of motor nerve functions, as evidenced by improved histopathology, rotarod performance, and motor nerve conduction velocity. PGD3-4 effectively decreased the titer of anti-GD3/anti-LOSGD3 antibodies and ameliorated peripheral nerve dysfunction in the sera of treated rats. The data suggest that peptide glycomimics of ganglioside may be potential powerful reagents for therapeutic intervention in GBS by neutralizing specific pathogenic anti-ganglioside antibodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-362
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Ganglioside GD3
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Lipo-oligosaccharide
  • Molecular mimicry
  • Phage display peptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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