Cardiac allotransplantation across the ABO-blood group barrier by the neutralization of preformed antibodies: The baboon as a model for the human

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  • The baboon, like the human, expresses A and/or B blood group antigens on its tissues. Anti-A and anti-B antibodies are directed against these antigens, the epitopes of which are carbohydrate structures. Portions of these carbohydrates have been synthesized (trisaccharides A and B, respectively). When infused intravenously, the synthetic trisaccharides form a complex with the specific antibodies and neutralize their activity preventing them from binding to the antigen targets on a transplanted organ. In nonimmunosuppressed, hyperimmunized baboons, the continuous intravenous infusion of the specific trisaccharide alone (for 6 days) inhibited rejection of ABO-incompatible cardiac allografts, extending survival from a mean of 19 min (n = 3) to 8 days (n = 2), at which time the grafts failed from cellular (not vascular) rejection. The combination of long-term pharmacologic immunosuppression plus trisaccharide infusion (for periods of 8 to 19 days) extended survival to a mean of >28 days (n = 4) with one heart functioning >52 days. Accommodation clearly occurred in three of the four cases. This form of therapy may permit cadaveric organ allotransplantation across the ABO blood-group barrier in the human.
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  • Ye Y; Niekrasz M; Kehoe M; Rolf LL; Martin M; Baker J; Kosanke S; Romano E; Zuhdi N; Cooper DKC
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  • 121
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  • 44
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  • 2