Filarial Abundant Larval Transcript Protein ALT-2: An Immunomodulatory Therapeutic Agent for Type 1 Diabetes

Sridhar M. Reddy, Pooja M. Reddy, Nitin Amdare, Vishal Khatri, Aaditya Tarnekar, Kalyan Goswami, Maryada Venkata Rami Reddy

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


Type 1 diabetes (T1D) that accounts for about 5–10 % of all diabetes cases results from the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. It is characterized by severe inflammatory reaction mediated by pronounced T helper type-1 response. Parasitic infections having the ability to skew the host immune responses towards type-2 type as a part of their defense mechanism are able to induce protection against autoimmune diseases like T1D. Hence, the present study is undertaken to explore a recombinant abundant larval transcript protein of the human lymphatic filarial parasite Brugia malayi (rBmALT-2), a known anti-inflammatory molecule for its therapeutic effect on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced T1D in mice. The diabetic mice on treatment with rBmALT-2 showed a significant (p < 0.0005) decrease in their fasting blood glucose levels. By the end of the second week after the initiation of treatment with the rBmALT-2, 28 % of the diabetic mice became normal and none of them were diabetic by the end of 5th week. The anti-diabetic effect of rBmALT-2 significantly correlated with the concomitant redressal of the pancreatic histopathological damage caused by STZ assault (rho = 0.87; p < 0.0005). The sera of rBmALT-2 treated diabetic mice had increased levels of IgG1 antibodies associated with decreased IgG2a antibodies against the principal autoantigen insulin. The splenocyte proliferative response and the cytokine release in the treated mice showed marked bias against inflammation skewing the immune response to Th-2 type. From this study, it can be envisaged that that filarial proteins like rBmALT-2 with effective immunomodulatory activity and anti-diabetic effect are promising alternative therapeutic agents for T1D.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-52
Number of pages8
JournalIndian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Abundant larval transcript-2
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Immunomodulators
  • Streptozotocin
  • Therapeutic
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Filarial Abundant Larval Transcript Protein ALT-2: An Immunomodulatory Therapeutic Agent for Type 1 Diabetes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this