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Collagen Antibody Induced Arthritis

Chondrex Inc.’s well-referenced Collagen Antibody-Induced Arthritis (CAIA) antibody cocktail was originally introduced as a 4-clone antibody cocktail kit in 1998 (Arthrogen-CIA® arthritogenic monoclonal antibodies). However, to promote consistent induction of the CAIA model, Chondrex, Inc. has added a fifth antibody clone to our original cocktail to make the Arthrogen-CIA 5-Clone Cocktail kit. This improved 5-clone cocktail allows for arthritis induction in CAIA-low responder strains such as C57BL/6 mice and genetically modified mice with C57BL/6 (H-2b) or 129/Sv (H-2b) backgrounds.

Keep reading below and our CAIA protocols (in Chinese) to learn more about the CAIA model and how it compares to the Collagen-Induced Arthritis (CIA) model!

Arthritogenic Monoclonal Antibody Cocktails

Product Quantity Catalog # Price (USD)
Arthrogen-CIA® 5-Clone Cocktail Kit, 10 mg 10 mg (*5+ mice) 53010 735.00
Arthrogen-CIA® 5-Clone Cocktail Kit, 100 mg 100 mg (*65 mice) 53100 6829.00
Arthrogen-CIA® 5-Clone Cocktail Kit, 40 mg 40 mg (*20 mice) 53040 2837.00
Lipopolysaccharide from E. coli 0111:B4 0.5 mg/ml x 5 ml 9028 83.00

Advantages of CAIA
Cost & Time Comparison
Original 4-clone Cocktail
Newly Improved 5-Clone Cocktail
Arthritogenecity of Chondrex 5-Clone Cocktail vs. Competitor
Important Roles of Bacterial Toxins in the Pathogenesis of Autoimmune Arthritis
Mouse Strains
Two Factors to Consider for Users of Animal Models
Arthritogenic Epitopes

Advantages of CAIA
1) Faster Results: Severe arthritis is induced within 24–48 hours (Figure 1A) instead of the four weeks required to induce CIA after immunization with type II collagen (Figure 1B).
2) Broad Applicability: Unlike the CIA model, which requires a restricted MHC haplotype, the CAIA model can be induced in almost all strains of mice, including CIA-resistant, Tcell deficient, gene knockout, and  transgenic mice.
3) Consistency: The severity of arthritis apparently correlates to the dose of monoclonal antibody cocktail, and more severe and consistent arthritis can be induced by increasing the dose of monoclonal antibody cocktail.

Therefore, this model is ideal for studying the pathological role of individual gene products, cytokines, as well as screening and evaluating anti-inflammatory agents (Figure 1) without influences of complete or incomplete Freund's adjuvant, which strongly affects the host's immune system.

Arthritis scores and experimental timeline comparison of the Collagen Antibody-Induced Arthritis model and the Collagen-Induced Arthritis model

Figure 1 – Comparison of authentic CIA and monoclonal antibody-LPS induced arthritis (CAIA)
(A) CAIA: A cocktail of 5 monoclonal antibodies to type II collagen was injected IP on day 0 followed by an
IP injection of LPS (50 µg) on day 3. Arthritis developed on day 4 and reached its peaked on days 7-8.
The therapeutic effects of test compound were determined on day 7. Osteoclast formation and bone
degradation will continue to progress until day 21 (not shown).
(B) Authentic CIA: Arthritis developed around 4 weeks after immunization, and reached its first peak after 7
weeks, and then a second peak after 9-10 weeks. It takes 5 to 8 weeks to evaluate the therapeutic effects of
test compounds.

Cost & Time Comparison (CAIA vs. CIA)

Comparison of total study costs between the Collagen Antibody-Induced Arthritis (CAIA) Model and the Collagen-Induced Arthritis Model.

Original 4-Clone Cocktail
Collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) is mediated by autoantibodies to type II collagen. A similar arthritis can be induced by a 4-clone cocktail of anti-type II collagen monoclonal antibodies alone or in combination with LPS. Our original 4-clone cocktail 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
Chondrex, Inc. developed an improved 5-clone cocktail by adding a new clone to our original 4-clone cocktail. Three clones of this new 5-clone cocktail recognize epitopes located within the LyC1 (CII 124-290) fragment of CB11 (CII 124-402), whereas the other two clones react with the LyC2 (CII 291-374) fragment. The arthritogenicity of the new 5-clone cocktail is two times greater than our 4-clone cocktail and a competitor’s 4 clone cocktail, because of a high efficacy of complement fixation.

Arthritogenicity of Chondrex 5-Clone Cocktail vs. Competitor
The arthritogenicity of the new 5-clone cocktail was compared with the current 4-clone cocktail and a competitor’s 4-clone cocktail in DBA/1, Balb/c, and C57BL/6 mice. DBA/1 and Balb/c mice received 1.5 mg, whereas C57BL/6 mice received 5 mg of each monoclonal antibody cocktail, by IP on day 0 followed by an IP injection of LPS (50 μg) on day 3. Using a same dose, the new 5-clone cocktail induced more severe and consistent arthritis in all three strains of mice than our 4-clone cocktail and a competitor’s cocktail (Figure 2).
Our new 5-clone cocktail is also capable of inducing arthritis without LPS in certain conditions and strains of mice (Figure 3).

The endotoxin level of Chondrex's cocktail is less than 10 EU/ml, but often much lower. Please
inquire about individual lots.


Arthritis scores of DBA/1 mice, Balb/c mice, and C57BL/6 mice in the Collagen Antibody-Induced Arthritis (CAIA) model.

Figure 2 - Arthritogenecity of Chondrex’s new 5-clone cocktail vs. competitor’s 4-clone cocktail in DBA/1,
Balb/c, and C57BL/6 Mice

Dose dependency of arthritis score in DBA/1 and Balb/c mice given the Arthrogen-CIA 5-Clone Cocktail for the CAIA model.

Figure 3 - Induction of arthritis by 5-clone cocktail without LPS
Arthritis induced with 10 mg of the 5-clone cocktail is more severe than the arthritis induced with 7.5 mg. However, for unknown reasons, the severity of arthritis varied significantly among individual animals.

Important Roles of Bacteria Toxins in the Pathogenesis of Autoimmune Arthritis
Arthritogenic monoclonal antibody cocktail induces a similar arthritis to CIA (Figures 4 and 5).  However, it is unlikely that autoantibodies alone are capable of inducing autoimmune diseases in humans. For example, bacteria 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 6). 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.

LPS is a common bacterial toxin and a potent stimulator of the immune system. The recommended protocol for the Arthrogen-CIA® Cocktail utilizes LPS injection to trigger rapid onset of severe arthritis with sub-arthritogenic doses of antibodies. The optimal dosage of LPS can vary by mouse strain, animal vendor, and housing conditions. High doses of LPS can be lethal for experimental animals, even 50 μg/mouse, depending on animal conditions. Therefore Chondrex, Inc. recommends first performing a preliminary study without any antibody administration to optimize LPS dosages (50 μg, 25 μg, and possibly 10 μg, testing each dose with several mice) before conducting a large-scale CAIA study.

Inflamed/arthritic hind paws of a DBA/1j mouse given the Arthrogen-CIA Cocktail to induce the CAIA model.

Figure 4 – Arthritis induced by 4-clone cocktail without LPS in a DBA/1j mouse


Tissue stain of mouse paw with Collagen-Antibody Induced Arthritis showing synovitis, pannus formation, and cartilage formation.

Figure 5 - Histopathology of monoclonal antibody-induced arthritis in DBA/1 mice
(A) The control shows an uninvolved joint from a mouse injected with an ineffective pair of monoclonal
(B) The mAb-induced arthritis shows an arthritic joint with severe synovitis with inflammatory cells, pannus
formation, and cartilage erosion.


Increase in arthritis scores of CAIA model after injection of LPS and MAM

Figure 6 - Synergistic effect of bacteria toxins in the induction and exacerbation of monoclonal induced
arthritis in mice:
a) Monoclonal antibody plus LPS in DBA/1 mice, and b) Monoclonal antibody plus Mycoplasma arthritidis mitogen (MAM) in B10RIII mice.

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.

Susceptibility of common mouse strains to the Collagen Antibody-Induced Arthritis (CAIA) Model and the Collagen-Induced Arthritis (CIA) Model.

Parenthesis: Assumed, but have not tested
*: Develop CIA by alternative immunization with CFA containing high concentration of M. Tuberculosis.


Two Factors that should be considered by Users of Animal Models
Animal models have contributed to remarkable advances in the understanding of numerous human diseases.  As invaluable as animal models are, some drawbacks do exist.  One such drawback stems from the different sources of variability which can affect the outcome of the experiments.  Therefore, a pilot study is generally recommended for first time users of all animal models.  A brief discussion of the 2 main points of variability will be explained below.

1.    Mouse Vendors
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 (1).  Therefore, testing animals from different vendors using a defined protocol is recommended before proceeding with a large full-scale experiment.

2.    Housing Conditions
The bacteria flora is very important to the health of the animal, including the proper functioning of the immune system (1).  Therefore, we recommend housing animals in Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) conditions rather than conventional conditions to avoid variability caused by bacteria.  

Overall, special consideration of these main points of variability will aid the researcher in completing their experiments with less confounding results.

1.    Ivanov II. et al.  Induction of intestinal Th17 cells by segmented filamentous bacteriaCell 139(3): 485-498 (2009).


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 (Figure 7) 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.

NOTE: These scattered epitopes found in individual patients cannot be considered as arthritogenic epitopes, because clustered epitopes located in specific regions of the type II collagen molecule may play a role in fixing and activating complement.

Arthritogenic epitopes along the type II collagen protein.

Figure 7 - Localization of dominant arthritogenic epitopes on type II collagen molecule.

However, it is likely that a mixture of antibodies recognizing minor epitopes scattered along the type II collagen molecule is also capable of inducing arthritis in mice, because the distance of antigenic epitopes lying astride the two collagen molecules may be close enough in proximity for complement fixation.