Expression of CR1/2 receptor on alloantigen-stimulated mouse T cells

Z. Qian, J. G. Bieler, W. M. Baldwin, B. A. Wasowska

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Antibodies can mediate injury of organ transplants by several mechanisms, including complement activation and interaction with Fc receptors on cells. We tested the hypothesis that antibodies could also cause up-regulation of complement receptors on cells to increase the responses to complement activation by interaction with split products of C3. In our experimental model, B10.A (H-2a) cardiac transplants survive significantly longer in C57BL/6 (H-2b) immunoglobulin knockout recipients (IgKO) than in their wild-type counterparts. Passive transfer of specific antibodies to donor MHC class I to IgKO recipients of cardiac allografts at the time coinciding with a vigorous cellular infiltration reconstituted acute rejection. We tested the effects of alloantibodies on CR1/2 expression by alloantigen-stimulated T cells. Both CD4+/CR1/2+ and CD8+/CR1/2+ populations of T cells were expanded in C57BL/6 splenocytes stimulated by B10.A alloantigen in 7-day MLR after coculture with endothelial cells sensitized with IgG1 and IgG2b mAb specific to MHC. Endothelial cells sensitized with antibodies also caused an expansion of CD8+ T cells expressing CR1/2 in lymph node lymphocytes harvested from a C57BL/6 recipient of a B10.A cardiac allograft. These data suggest that antibodies can augment the cellular rejection process through expanding the population of T cells interacting with complement split products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-34
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation proceedings
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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