LFA-1-specific therapy prolongs allograft survival in rhesus macaques.
Outcomes in transplantation have been limited by suboptimal long-term graft survival and toxicities associated with current immunosuppressive approaches. T cell costimulation blockade has shown promise as an alternative strategy to avoid the side effects of conventional immunosuppressive therapies, but targeting CD28-mediated costimulation alone has proven insufficient to prevent graft rejection in primates. Donor-specific memory T (TM) cells have been implicated in costimulation blockade-resistant transplant rejection, due to their enhanced effector function and decreased reliance on costimulatory signaling. Thus, we have tested a potential strategy to overcome TM cell-driven rejection by targeting molecules preferentially expressed on these cells, such as the adhesion molecule lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1). Here, we show that short-term treatment (i.e., induction therapy) with the LFA-1-specific antibody TS-1/22 in combination with either basiliximab (an IL-2Rα-specific mAb) and sirolimus (a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor) or belatacept (a high-affinity variant of the CD28 costimulation-blocker CTLA4Ig) prolonged islet allograft survival in nonhuman primates relative to control treatments. Moreover, TS-1/22 masked LFA-1 on TM cells in vivo and inhibited the generation of alloproliferative and cytokine-producing effector T cells that expressed high levels of LFA-1 in vitro. These results support the use of LFA-1-specific induction therapy to neutralize costimulation blockade-resistant populations of T cells and further evaluation of LFA-1-specific therapeutics for use in transplantation.
Badell, IR; Russell, MC; Thompson, PW; Turner, AP; Weaver, TA; Robertson, JM; Avila, JG; Cano, JA; Johnson, BE; Song, M; Leopardi, FV; Swygert, S; Strobert, EA; Ford, ML; Kirk, AD; Larsen, CP
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