The potency of allospecific tregs cells appears to correlate with T cell receptor functional avidity

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  • CD4 +CD25 + regulatory T cells (T reg cells) are an attractive adoptive cell therapy in mediating transplantation tolerance. T-cell receptor (TcR) activation is critical for T reg function, suggesting that the TcR avidity of T reg cells used in therapy may affect the therapeutic outcome. To address this, we compared the regulatory capacity of T reg lines expressing TcRs derived from two TcR transgenic mice shown to have the same specificity but different functional avidities. T reg lines generated from CD4 +CD25 + T cells from C57BL/6 mice were transduced with one of either of these TcRs. The antigen specificity of the transduced T reg lines was confirmed in vitro. T reg lines expressing the TcR with higher functional avidity showed stronger suppressive capacity in a linked suppression model in vitro. Furthermore, the same T reg lines demonstrated a stronger proliferation in vivo following antigen exposure. Pretreatment of recipient BL/6 mice with these T reg cells, together with anti-CD8 antibody and Rapamycin therapies, prolonged survival of BALB/c skins, as compared with mice that received T reg lines with lower TcR avidity. Taken together, these data suggest that the TcR functional avidity may be important for T reg function. It highlights the fact that strategies to select T reg with higher functional avidity might be beneficial for immunotherapy in transplantation. © 2011 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
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  • Tsang JYS; Ratnasothy K; Li D; Chen Y; Bucy RP; Lau KF; Smyth L; Lombardi G; Lechler R; Tam PKH
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  • 11
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  • 8