Human T cells upregulate CD69 after coculture with xenogeneic genetically-modified pig mesenchymal stromal cells

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  • Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) obtained from α1,3-galactosyltransferase gene knock-out pigs transgenic for the human complement-regulatory protein CD46 (GTKO/CD46 pMSC) suppress in vitro human anti-pig cellular responses as efficiently as allogeneic human MSC. We investigated the immunoregulatory effects of GTKO/CD46 pMSC on human CD4+ and CD8+ T cell proliferation in response to pig aortic endothelial cells (pAEC). pMSC efficiently suppressed T cell proliferation, which was associated with downregulation of granzyme B expression. No induction of CD4+CD25+Foxp3hi regulatory T cells or T cell apoptosis was documented. In correlation with T cell proliferation, CD25 expression was upregulated on T cells in response to pAEC but not to pMSC. In contrast, CD69 expression was upregulated on T cells in response to both pMSC and pAEC, which was associated with a significant increase in the phosphorylation of STAT5. GTKO/CD46 pMSC possibly regulate human T cell responses through modulation of CD69 expression and STAT5 signaling. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
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  • Li J; Andreyev O; Chen M; Marco M; Iwase H; Long C; Ayares D; Shen Z; Cooper DKC; Ezzelarab MB
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  • 23
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  • 285
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  • 1-2