Prevention of rejection of murine islet allografts by pretreatment with anti-dendritic cell antibody

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  • Previously we have demonstrated that islets of Langerhans treated with donor-specific anti-Ia serum and complement survive when transplanted across the major histocompatibility complex of the mouse. In this study, using immunofluorescence, we demonstrate two morphologically distinct populations of Ia-positive cells scattered within the Ia-negative islet tissue. A large irregularly shaped Ia-positive subset of cells were identified as dendritic cells by using the 33D1 antibody specific for a mouse dendritic cell antigen. The other small, round Ia-positive subset was 33D1 negative. Islets pretreated with anti-dendritic cell antibody and complement prior to transplantation survived in their histoincompatible recipients for >200 days. Rejection of stable islet allografts promptly occurred when transplant recipients were challenged with 1 x 105 donor dendritic cells 60 days after transplantation. These results demonstrate an important in vivo role for donor dendritic cells in the stimulation of allograft rejection.
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    Author List

  • Faustman DL; Steinman RM; Gebel HM; Hauptfeld V; Davie JM; Lacy PE
  • Start Page

  • 3864
  • End Page

  • 3868
  • Volume

  • 81
  • Issue

  • 12 I