Deriving a dose and regimen for anti-glucosaminidase antibody passive-immunisation for patients with Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis

Eur Cell Mater. 2020 Jan 31;39:96-107. doi: 10.22203/eCM.v039a06.


Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) osteomyelitis remains a major clinical problem. Anti-glucosaminidase (Gmd) antibodies (1C11) are efficacious in prophylactic and therapeutic murine models. Feasibility, safety and pharmacokinetics of 1C11 passive immunisation in sheep and endogenous anti-Gmd levels were quantified in osteomyelitis patients. 3 sheep received a 500 mg intravenous (i.v.) bolus of 1C11 and its levels in sera were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) over 52 d. A humanised anti-Gmd monoclonal antibody, made by grafting the antigen-binding fragment (Fab) portion of 1C11 onto the fragment crystallisable region (Fc) of human IgG1, was used to make a standard curve of mean fluorescent intensity versus concentration of anti-Gmd. Anti-Gmd serum levels were determined in 297 patients with culture-confirmed S. aureus osteomyelitis and 40 healthy controls. No complications or adverse events were associated with the sheep 1C11 i.v. infusion and the estimated circulating half-life of 1C11 was 23.7 d. Endogenous anti-Gmd antibody levels in sera of osteomyelitis patients ranged from < 1 ng/mL to 300 µg/mL, with a mean concentration of 21.7 µg/mL. The estimated circulating half-life of endogenous anti-Gmd antibodies in sera of 12 patients with cured osteomyelitis was 120.4 d. A clinically relevant administration of anti-Gmd (500 mg i.v. = 7 mg/kg/70 kg human) was safe in sheep. This dose was 8 times more than the endogenous anti-Gmd levels observed in osteomyelitis patients and was predicted to have a half-life of > 3 weeks. Anti-Gmd passive immunisation has potential to prevent and treat S. aureus osteomyelitis. Further clinical development is warranted.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / blood
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / isolation & purification
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / pharmacokinetics
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Half-Life
  • Hexosaminidases / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunization, Passive*
  • Mice
  • Osteomyelitis / immunology*
  • Osteomyelitis / microbiology*
  • Reference Standards
  • Sheep
  • Staphylococcal Infections / immunology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcus aureus / physiology*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Hexosaminidases