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Title:  Anti-TNF antibodies and methotrexate in the treatment of arthritis and crohn's disease

United States Patent:  6,270,766

Inventors:  Feldman; Marc (Highgate, GB); Maini; Ravinder N. (London, GB)

Assignee:  The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (London, GB)

Appl. No.:  690775

Filed:  August 1, 1996

Abstract

Methods for treating and/or preventing a TNF-mediated disease in an individual are disclosed. Also disclosed is a composition comprising methotrexate and an anti-tumor necrosis factor antibody. TNF-mediated diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and acute and chronic immune diseases associated with transplantation.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is based on the discovery that treatment of patients suffering from a TNF-mediated disease with a tumor necrosis factor antagonist, such as an anti-tumor necrosis factor antibody, as adjunctive and/or concomitant therapy to methotrexate therapy produces a rapid and sustained reduction in the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease. The present invention is also based on the unexpected and dramatic discovery that a multiple dose regimen of a tumor necrosis factor antagonist, such as an anti-tumor necrosis factor antibody, when administered adjunctively with methotrexate to an individual suffering from a TNF-mediated disease produces a highly beneficial or synergistic clinical response for a significantly longer duration compared to that obtained with a single or multiple dose regimen of the antagonist administered alone or that obtained with methotrexate administered alone. As a result of Applicants' invention, a method is provided herein for treating and/or preventing a TNF-mediated disease in an individual comprising co-administering an anti-TNF antibody or a fragment thereof and methotrexate to the individual in therapeutically effective amounts. In a particular embodiment, methotrexate is administered in the form of a series of low doses separated by intervals of days or weeks.

A method is also provided herein for treating and/or preventing recurrence of a TNF-mediated disease in an individual comprising co-administering an anti-TNF antibody or a fragment thereof and methotrexate to the individual in therapeutically effective amounts. TNF-mediated diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and acute and chronic immune diseases associated with an allogenic transplantation (e.g., renal, cardiac, bone marrow, liver, pancreatic, small intestine, skin or lung transplantation).

Therefore, in one embodiment, the invention relates to a method of treating and/or preventing rheumatoid arthritis in an individual comprising co-administering an anti-TNF antibody or a fragment thereof and methotrexate to the individual in therapeutically effective amounts. In a second embodiment, the invention relates to a method of treating and/or preventing Crohn's disease in an individual comprising co-administering an anti-TNF antibody or a fragment thereof and methotrexate to the individual in therapeutically effective amounts. In a third embodiment, the invention relates to a method of treating and/or preventing other autoimmune diseases and/or acute or chronic immune disease associated with a transplantation in an individual, comprising co-administering an anti-TNF antibody or a fragment thereof and methotrexate to the individual in therapeutically effective amounts.

A further embodiment of the invention relates to compositions comprising an anti-TNF antibody or a fragment thereof and methotrexate.

In addition to anti-TNF antibodies, TNF antagonists include anti-TNF antibodies and receptor molecules which bind specifically to TNF; compounds which prevent and/or inhibit TNF synthesis, TNF release or its action on target cells, such as thalidomide, tenidap, phosphodiesterase inhibitors (e.g, pentoxifylline and rolipram), A2b adenosine receptor agonists and A2b adenosine receptor enhancers; and compounds which prevent and/or inhibit TNF receptor signalling.

Claim 1 of 30 Claims

What is claimed:

1. A method of treating arthritis in an individual in need thereof comprising co-administering methotrexate and an anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha antibody or an antigen-binding fragment thereof to the individual, in therapeutically effective amounts.

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