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Open Access Human CD47 Expression Permits Survival of Porcine Cells in Immunodeficient Mice That Express SIRPα Capable of Binding to Human CD47

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Signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα) is a critical immune inhibitory receptor on macrophages, and its interaction with CD47 prevents autologous phagocytosis. We have previously shown that pig CD47 does not interact with human SIRPα, and that human CD47 expression inhibits phagocytosis of porcine cells by human macrophages in vitro. In this study, we have investigated the potential of human CD47 expression to promote porcine cell survival in vivo. Human CD47-expressing and control porcine B-lymphoma cells were transplanted into T- and B-cell-deficient nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient (NOD/SCID) mice that express SIRPα capable of interacting with human CD47. Only the human CD47-expressing porcine lymphoma cells survived and were able to form tumors in NOD/SCID mice; however, both the control and human CD47-expressing porcine cells survived in macrophage-depleted NOD/SCID mice. These results indicate that transgenic expression of human CD47 may provide an effective approach to inhibiting macrophage-mediated xenograft rejection in clinical xenotransplantation.

Keywords: CD47; Macrophage; Pig; Signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα); Xenotransplantation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun, China

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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