Background: CD154 blockade-based immunosuppression successfully prevents both humoral and cellular adaptive immune responses in baboons receiving α1,3-galactosyltransferase gene-knockout (GTKO) pig organs. Using a GTKO pig artery transplantation model in baboons, we evaluated the efficacy of CD28/B7 costimulatory pathway blockade in comparison with CD154 blockade. Methods: Baboons received artery patch grafts from GTKO pigs, with no (Group1), anti-CD154mAb-based (Group2), or CTLA4-Ig-based (Group3) immunosuppressive therapy. Anti-pig IgM and IgG antibody and cellular responses were monitored. Xenografts were immunohistologically evaluated for antibody and complement deposition, and cellular infiltration. Results: Group1 baboons developed increased IgM and IgG antibody and cellular responses against GTKO antigens. In Group2, anti-CD154mAb alone prevented the development of both IgM and IgG antibody and cellular responses,but not cellular infiltration of the graft. In the single baboon that received anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) + mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) + anti-CD154mAb, cellular infiltration of the graft was not seen. In Group3, CTLA4-Ig with ATG + MMF inhibited the cellular proliferative response to pig antigens but did not prevent the IgG response or cellular infiltration. Conclusions: (i) Artery patch transplantation is a simple model to monitor the adaptive immune response to xenografts; (ii) anti-CD154mAb prevents sensitization but not cellular infiltration (but, without anticoagulation, may result in early thrombosis of a pig xenograft); (iii) although in only one baboon, the addition of ATG and MMF prevents cellular infiltration and (iv) replacement of anti-CD154mAb by CTLA4-Ig (at the doses used), even in combination with ATG and MMF, prevents the cellular proliferative response to GTKO pig antigens but is insufficient to prevent the development of anti-pig antibodies.
- anti-CD154 monoclonal antibody
- artery patch
- costimulation blockade
- α1,3-galactosyltransferase gene-knockout
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