Lymphodepletional strategies in transplantation

Eugenia Page, Jean Kwun, Byoung Chol Oh, Stuart Knechtle

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Because lymphocytes were shown to mediate transplant rejection, their depletion has been studied as a mechanism of preventing rejection and perhaps inducing immunologic tolerance. Agents that profoundly deplete lymphocytes have included monoclonal antibodies, cytotoxic drugs, and radiation.We have studied several such agents but focused on antibodies that deplete not only peripheral blood lymphocytes, but also lymph node lymphocytes. Depletion of lymph node T lymphocytes appears to permit peripheral tolerance at least for T cells in animal models. Nevertheless, B-cell responses may be resistant to such approaches, and T memory cells are likewise relatively resistant to depleting antibodies. We review the experimental and clinical approaches to depletion strategies and outline some of the pitfalls of depletion, such as limitations of currently available agents, duration of tolerance, infection, and malignancy. It is notable that most tolerogenic strategies that have been attempted experimentally and clinically include depleting agents even when they are not named as the underlying strategy. Thus, there is an implicitly acknowledged role for reducing the precursor frequency of donor antigen-specific lymphocytes when approaching the daunting goal of transplant tolerance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine
Volume3
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Transplantation (surgical)
Lymphocytes
Transplantation
Transplants
T-cells
Lymph Nodes
Peripheral Tolerance
T-Lymphocytes
Antibodies
Graft Rejection
Animals
Blood
B-Lymphocytes
Animal Models
Monoclonal Antibodies
Cells
Radiation
Antigens
Data storage equipment
Infection

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Lymphodepletional strategies in transplantation. / Page, Eugenia; Kwun, Jean; Oh, Byoung Chol; Knechtle, Stuart.

In: Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine, Vol. 3, No. 7, 07.2013.

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Page, Eugenia ; Kwun, Jean ; Oh, Byoung Chol ; Knechtle, Stuart. / Lymphodepletional strategies in transplantation. In: Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 3, No. 7.
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