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Protection of Xenografts by a Combination of Immunoisolation and a Single Dose of Anti-CD4 Antibody

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Immunoisolation is the separation of transplanted cells from cells of the immune system using a semipermeable membrane. Using one such immunoisolation capsule—the TheraCyte® device—we have assessed the survival of encapsulated xenogeneic tissue in vivo as well as the contribution of CD4+ve T cells to encapsulated xenograft rejection. The foreign body reaction to the TheraCyte® capsule in vivo was assessed by transplanting empty capsules into normal mice. These capsules elicit a foreign body response by the host animal. Encapsulated CHO, NIT-1, and PK-15 cells were placed in culture and in immunodeficient mice to investigate their growth characteristics in the TheraCyte® device. These cell lines survive both in culture and in immunodeficient SCID mice. Xenogeneic PK cells were also transplanted into normal C57BL/6 mice. These cells do not survive in normal mice despite the absence of direct contact between infiltrating and encapsulated cells. In addition, the survival of encapsulated cells in mice treated with a single dose of anti-CD4 antibody was examined. This was assessed using two systems: 1) histological analysis of capsule sections; 2) a quantitative luciferase reporter system using PK cells transfected to express luciferase. In both cases, anti-CD4 antibody contributed to prolonged encapsulated xenogeneic cell survival. Encapsulated xenogeneic cells survive in immunodeficient mice but not normal mice. Treatment of normal mice with anti-CD4 antibody results in prolonged survival of xenogeneic cells that can be measured using a luciferase reporter system. These results highlight the contribution of CD4+ve T cells to encapsulated xenograft rejection.

Keywords: Key words: Immunoisolation; Xenogeneic cells; Anti-CD4 antibody; TheraCyte® device

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: *Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, 3050, Victoria, Australia 2: †University of Melbourne, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mercy Hospital for Women, East Melbourne 3002, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: 2001-02-01

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