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Survival of Rat or Mouse Ventral Mesencephalon Neurons After Cotransplantation With Rat Sertoli Cells in the Mouse Striatum

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Transplanting cells across species (xenotransplantation) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease has been considered an option to alleviate ethical concerns and shortage of tissues. However, using this approach leads to decreased cell survival; the xenografted cells are often rejected. Sertoli cells (SCs) are testis-derived cells that provide immunological protection to developing germ cells and can enhance survival of both allografted and xenografted cells. It is not clear whether these cells will maintain their immunosuppressive support of cografted cells if they are transplanted across species. In this study, we investigated the immune modulatory capacity of SCs and the feasibility of xenografting these cells alone or with allografted and xenografted neural tissue. Transplanting xenografts of rat SCs into the mouse striatum with either rat or mouse ventral mesencephalon prevented astrocytic infiltration of the graft site, although all transplants showed activated microglia within the core of the graft. Surviving tyrosine hydroxylase-positive neurons were observed in all conditions, but the size of the grafts was small at best. SCs were found at 1 and 2 weeks posttransplant. However, few SCs were found at 2 months posttransplant. Further investigation is under way to characterize the immune capabilities of SCs in a xenogeneic environment.
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Keywords: Astrocytes; Dopaminergic neurons; Microglia; Parkinson's disease; Xenograft

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, FL 33612, USA, Department Neurosurgery, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, FL 33612, USA

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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