Sergey Suchkov

Sergey Suchkov

I M Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University Russia

Title: Antibodies with functionality as a new generation of translational tools to monitor, to predict and to prevent demyelination


Sergey Suchkov was born in 11.01.1957, a researcher-immunologist, a clinician, graduated from Astrakhan State Medical University, Russia, in 1980. He has been trained at the Institute for Medical Enzymology, The USSR Academy of Medical Sciences,National Center for Immunology (Russia), NIH, Bethesda, USA) and British Society for Immunology to cover 4 British university facilities. Since 2005, he has been working as Faculty Professor of I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and Of A.I.Evdokimov Moscow State Medical & Dental University. From 2007, he is the First Vice-President and Dean of the School of PPPM Politics and Management of the University of World Politics and Law.In 1991-1995, He was a Scientific Secretary-in-Chief of the Editorial Board of the International Journal “Biomedical Science” (Russian Academy of Sciences and Royal Society of Chemistry, UK) and The International Publishing Bureau at the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1995-2005, he was a Director of the Russian-American Program in Immunology of the Eye Diseases. He is a member of EPMA (European Association of Predictive, Preventive and Personalized Medicine, Brussels-Bonn), a member of the NY Academy of Sciences, a member of the Editorial Boards for Open Journal of Immunology and others. He is known as an author of the Concept of post-infectious clinical and immunological syndrome, co-author of a concept of abzymes and their impact into the pathogenesis of auto immunity conditions, and as one of the pioneers in promoting the Concept of PPPM into a practical branch of health services


Biomarkers enable early diagnosis, guide targeted therapy and monitor the activity and therapeutic responses across the diseases. So, identification and validation of biomarkers of newer generationsto create a new strategy based upon subclinical recognition of the latter long before the disease clinically manifests itself is of great value. Among the best-validated predictive biomarkers are autoimmunity-related ones (including antibodies/Abs). Meanwhile, multiple sclerosis (MS)whilst beinga chronic autoimmune disorder would result in a destruction of myelin by different factors, including autoAbs. Along with canonical Abs, we have discovered a new family of Abs proven to be endowed with myelin basic protein (MBP)-targeted proteolytic activity (Ab-proteases). The proteolytic property mentioned is considered to serve a functional property of the biomolecule. Most (72-78%) of anti-MBP autoAbsharvested from MS patients and mice with EAE exhibited MBP-specific proteolytic cleavage of MBP.The activity of Ab-proteases markedly differed: (i)betweenMS patients and healthy controls and (ii) inpatients with different types of MS course. Moreover, the activity demonstrated a significant correlation with demyelination, neurological deficiency and thus with the disability of the patients. Of greater value isa sequencespecificity of Ab-proteasesto attack targeted sequences located in dominant fivesites of MBP. Most of those sites whilst being immuno dominant are concentrated within 43-170 of MBP.Two sites from the set would comprise 81-103and 82-98, which, in turn,whilst being sequence-specific, highly immunogeneic and encephalitogeneic both, proved to be major inducers of very aggressive EAE in SJL mice.In humans, both 81-103 and 82-98 have been proven to be major MBP targets to be attacked by Ab-proteases obtained from patients with secondary-progradient courses of MS, progression phase (SPPP), and with remittent course of MS, exacerbation phase (REP), both are with aggressive inflammation. Two extra sites from the same 43-170set are located within 43-68 and 146-170 that proved to be inducers of moderate EAE and thus targets to be attacked by Ab-proteases in MS patients with secondary-progradient courses, stabilization phase (SPSP), and with remittent course, remission phase (RRP), both are with inflammation quenched. So, the most immunogeneic and encephalitogeneic epitopes responsible for generating aggressive bursts are concentrated in three specific areas of MBP: (i) the strongest one is in the smallest 82-98; (ii) a weaker epitope is formed by a longer 81-103 subsequence; and (iii) an epitope with the lowest immunogeneic and encephalitogeneic properties is rooted in a rather long 143-170 sequence defined. The relatives being seropositive for Ab-proteases were being monitored for 3 years whilst demonstrating stable growth of the Ab-associated proteolytic activity when were being under the study.And when the activity reached its mid-level, we identified primary clinical and MRI manifestations to be coincided with the Ab-associated proteolytic activity. And then the proteolytic activity was being further escalated due to the time of progression, type of the disorder, and disability of the patient.Meanwhile, a substantial proportion (around 34%) of relatives demonstrating low-active Ab-proteases with no trends to grow had hadsubclinical evidence of autoimmunity without developing clinically overt dis-ease. The activity of Ab-proteases was first registered at the pre-early (subclinical) stages of the disorder, whenAb-proteases were still low-active whilst attacking presumably low-immunogeneicsequences, the inflammation is moderate, and the manifestations are thus scarcely visible.As the disorder progresses to transform from subclinical into clinical stages, the activity of Ab-proteases is being escalated to reach the indices to be typical for the clinical stage. And, when bursts of the proteolytic activity were evident, the pre-early stages of REP stage could be predicted, even at no seeing any clinical manifestations.And along with the evolution of the sequence specificity, when we saw an extensive growth of the activity, we could predict transformations in the clinical course, i.e., changing of RRP (moderate one) into SPP (severe one) prior to changing of the clinical manifestations. A spread from one type of epitope to the other one could also be a combinatorial biomarker event to serveas a biopredictor of the interstage transformations and serve prognostically as a dynamic biomarker for monitoring MS patients and persons atrisk at both subclinical and clinicalstages to use specific Ab-proteases (Abs with functionality) defined. In fact, a spread from one sequence to another one could also be used prognostically in the development of chronic autoimmune inflammation and thus neurodegeneration (demyelination and axon loss). So, the activity of Ab-proteases in combination with their sequencespecificity to attack well-defined sets of epitopes to be released from MBP during Epitope Spreading, would confirm a practical value of Ab-proteases to monitor both clinical and subclinical courses of chronic autoimmune inflammation. The primary translational potential of this knowledge is in the rational design of novel diagnostic and therapeutic too to exploit the role of those tools in influencing disease. Ab-proteases can be programmed and re-programmed to suit the needs of the body metabolism or could be designed for the development of principally new catalysts with no natural counterparts. By changing sequence specificity of the Ab-mediated proteolysis one may reach reduction of a density of negative shots made by Ab-proteases against MBP as a target and thus could minimize the overall negative effect on the myelin sheath and, finally, minimizing scales of demyelination. So, further translational studies ofAb-mediated MBP proteolysis may provide a newer generation of posttranslational tools and thus a supplementary biomarker and a targeted tool for assessing the disease progression and predicting disability of the patients.