Decreased graft-versus-host disease after haplotype mismatched bone marrow allografts in miniature swine following interleukin-2 treatment

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  • Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is an important complication of bone marrow transplantation after transplants between HLA-mismatched donor/recipient pairs. In mice, giving IL-2 post transplant decreases GVHD in this setting. We studied high-dose IL-2 therapy in pigs. Transplants were carried out after conditioning with fractionated total body radiation and cyclophosphamide. Fourteen pigs received a fully mismatched bone marrow transplant (six with IL-2; eight without IL-2), and six received a single haplotype class II mismatched transplant (three with IL-2; three without IL-2). GVHD was evaluated by skin histology. All fully mismatched recipients had severe GVHD (grade 2-3) and died within 13 to 51 days whether or not they received IL-2. Pigs receiving a one haplotype class II mismatched transplant without IL-2 developed severe skin GVHD lasting for 8-45 days; all died within 57 days. Similar pigs receiving IL-2 post transplant had no or only mild skin GVHD for less than 15 days; two are long-term survivors.
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  • Kozlowski T; Sablinski T; Basker M; Kitamura H; Spitzer TR; Fishman J; Sykes M; Cooper DKC; Sachs DH
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  • 47
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  • 52
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  • 25
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  • 1