Suppression of Natural and Elicited Antibodies in Pig-to-Baboon Heart Transplantation Using a Human Anti-Human CD154 mAb-Based Regimen

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  • Natural and elicited antipig antibodies (Abs) lead to acute humoral xenograft rejection (AHXR). Ten baboons underwent heterotopic heart transplantation (Tx) from human decay-accelerating factor (hDAF) pigs. Depletion of anti-Galα1, 3Gal (Gal) Abs was achieved by the infusion of a Gal glycoconjugate from day - 1. Immunosuppression included induction of antithymocyte globulin, thymic irradiation, and cobra venom factor, and maintenance with a human antihuman CD154 mAb, mycophenolate mofetil, and methylprednisolone, heparin and prophylactic ganciclovir were also administered. Pig heart survival ranged from 4 to 139 (mean 37, median 27) days, with three functioning for >50 days. Graft failure (n = 8) was from classical AHXR [4], thrombotic microangiopathy [3], or intragraft thrombosis [1], with death (n = 2) from pneumonia [1], or possible drug toxicity (with features of thrombotic microangiopathy) [1]. Anti-Gal Abs (in μg/mL) were depleted by Gal glycoconjugate before graft implantation from means of 41.3 to 6.3 (IgM) and 12.4-4.6 (IgG), respectively, and at graft excision were 6.3 and 1.7 μg/mL, respectively. No elicited Abs developed, and no cellular infiltration was seen. The treatment regimen was effective in maintaining a low anti-Gal Ab levels and in delaying or preventing AHXR. The combination of costimulatory blockade and heparin with Tx of a Gal-negative pig organ may prolong graft survival further.
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  • Kuwaki K; Knosalla C; Dor FJMF; Gollackner B; Tseng YL; Houser S; Mueller N; Prabharasuth D; Alt A; Moran K
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