Athrogen-CIA® Arthritogenic Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail

Effectively induce arthritis in various mouse strains

Collagen-antibody induced arthritis (CAIA) is a simple mouse model for the study of arthritis using monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against type II collagen. A single injection of a mixture of monoclonal antibodies rapidly induces arthritis within days, allowing for the study of pathogenic mechanisms and the screening of anti-inflammatory agents without influences of complete or incomplete Freund’s adjuvant.

In order to induce consistent arthritis more effectively in various mouse strains, a 5-clone antibody cocktail kit has been developed by adding a new clone to the original 4-clone antibody cocktail.


Original 4 Clone Cocktail vs. 5 Clone Cocktail

Original 4-clone cocktail

4-clone cocktail kits have been widely used for CAIA since their appearance in 1998. The original 4-clone cocktail consisting of anti-type II collagen monoclonal antibodies has been used for inducing arthritis in various strains of mice, especially CAIA-high responder strains such as BALB/c and DBA/1 mice.

Newly improved 5-clone cocktail

The new 5-clone cocktail has been developed by adding a new clone to the 4-clone cocktail. Due to the high efficacy of complement fixation, the arthritogenicity of the new 5-clone cocktail is two times greater than the original.

Two of the five clones in this newly developed 5-clone cocktail recognize individual epitopes clustered within the LyC-2 fragment (291-374) and three clones recognize epitopes located within the LyC-1 (124-290) fragment of CB11 (124-402) of type II collagen. These epitopes share common amino acid sequences with many different species of type II collagen including chicken, mouse, rat, bovine, porcine, monkey, and human.

Arthritogenicity of Arthrogen-CIA® 5-Clone Cocktail vs. Competitor

Induction of Arthritis using 5-clone Cocktail without LPS

The new Arthrogen-CIA® 5 clone cocktail is also capable of inducing arthritis without LPS in certain conditions and strains of mice:

Role of Bacterial Toxins in the Pathogenesis of Autoimmune Arthritis

Arthritogenic monoclonal antibody cocktail induces a similar arthritis to CIA (Figure 4). However, it is unlikely that autoantibodies alone are capable of inducing autoimmune diseases in humans. For example, bacterial toxins, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB), and M. arthritidis mitogen (MAM), play a synergistic effect with autoantibodies to type II collagen, and induces severe arthritis in mice (Figure 5). Therefore, the combination of a sub-arthritogenic dose of monoclonal antibody cocktail and LPS has been widely used for inducing severe arthritis at a high incidence in mice for a variety of purposes including the evaluation of therapeutics.

Mouse Strains

CAIA bypasses the requirement for host’s generation of autoantibodies to type II collagen, thus can be induced in mice that do not possess CIA-susceptible MHC-haplotypes (H-2q and H-2r) such as various knockout or transgenic mice. All strains of mice, which are normal with respect to mounting an inflammatory response including complement activation, should be susceptible to CAIA.

Mouse StrainH-2 TypeCIA SusceptibilityCAIA SusceptibilityNote
DBA/1qHighHighHigh responder to chick, bovine, human type II collagen, INFg production is high
B10.RIIIrHighHighLow response to chick and human type II collagen
B10bLow(High)*Need alternative immunization
C57BL/6bLowModerate*Need alternative immunization
C57BL/6 x 129/SvbLowModerate*Need alternative immunization
CB.17 scid/scid/ResistantHighB and T cell deficient

Susceptibility of various mouse strains to CIA and CAIA.

Parenthesis: Assumed, but have not tested

* Develop CIA by alternative immunization with CFA containing high concentration of M. tuberculosis.

Using Animal Models: Factors to Consider

The genetic background of mice, even in the same strain, will vary from vendor to vendor and can affect how the animals respond to various reagents, thus impacting the results of your experiment. Therefore, testing animals from different vendors using a defined protocol is recommended before proceeding with a large full-scale experiment.

The bacteria flora is very important to the health of the animal, including the proper functioning of the immune system. Therefore, we recommend housing animals in Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) conditions rather than conventional conditions to avoid variability caused by bacteria.

Arthritogenic Epitopes

The arthritogenic epitopes are not evenly distributed along the type II collagen molecule, but are apparently clustered within certain regions of type II collagen depending on MHC types in mice, such as cyanogen bromide (CB) digested peptide 11 (CB11) in DBA/1 (H-2q) mice and CB8 in B10.RIII (H-2r) mice. Importantly, a similar restriction of autoantibody-CB peptide reactivity is observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. For example, autoantibodies from one group of patients dominantly react with CB11, whereas autoantibodies from another group react with CB8 and CB10.