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CD86 Blockade in Genetically Modified Porcine Cells Delays Xenograft Rejection by Inhibiting T-Cell and NK-Cell Activation

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Porcine xenografts transplanted into primates are rejected in spite of immunosuppression. Identification of the triggering mechanisms and the strategies to overcome them is crucial to achieve long-term graft survival. We hypothesized that porcine CD86 (pCD86) contributes to xenograft rejection by direct activation of host T cells and NK cells. Formerly, we designed the human chimeric molecule hCD152-hCD59 to block pCD86 in cis. To test the efficacy in vivo, we have utilized a pig-to-mouse xenotransplant model. First, we showed that hCD152-hCD59 expression prevents the binding of murine CD28Ig to pCD86 on porcine aortic endothelial cells (PAEC) and dramatically reduces IL-2 secretion by Con A-stimulated mouse splenocytes in coculture. Moreover, IFN-γ secretion by IL-12-stimulated mouse NK cells was averted after coculture with hCD152- hCD59 PAEC. In vivo, control PAEC implanted under the kidney capsule were rapidly rejected (2–4 weeks) in BALB/c and BALB/c SCID mice. Rejection of hCD152-hCD59 PAEC was significantly delayed in both cases. Signs of immune modulation in the hCD152-hCD59-PAEC BALB/c recipients were identified such as early hyporesponsiveness and diminished antibody response. Thus, simply modifying the donor xenogeneic cell can diminish both T cell and NK cell immune responses. We specifically demonstrate that pCD86 contributes to rejection of porcine xenografts.

Keywords: Antibody response; CD152 antigen; CD86 antigen; NK cells; T cells; Xenotransplantation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: *Departments of Molecular and Preclinical Sciences, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., 352 Knotter Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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