Gene Therapy for Modulation of T-Cell-Mediated Immune Response Provoked by Corneal Transplantation.

Journal Article

Corneal transplantation (keratoplasty) is the most common type of tissue replacement in the world. The increased rate of graft rejection after keratoplasty is a central problem for repeated transplantations and in inflamed host corneas. It has been shown that apoptosis of grafted epithelium has a role in corneal allograft rejection. This study focused on the T-cell response triggered in BALB/c mice after allogeneic corneal transplantation with and without anti-apoptotic p35-transduced epithelium. To restrict p35 expression to the epithelial cells, modified allogeneic composite grafts were created. As a result, it was found that the proportion of alloreactive CD4+ T cells in postoperatively removed cervical lymph nodes was reduced in the p35-transduced group compared to the allogeneic control group. Diminished priming of the CD4+ T cells was supported by significantly decreased proliferation and lower interferon gamma secretion when compared to allogeneic engraftments. The reduced priming of CD4+ lymphocytes is the first confirmation of the functionality of p35 in the epithelium of corneal grafts to alter the development of the recipient's immune response. Thus, modification of allosensibilization seems to be a promising tool for reducing graft-mediated immune response following corneal transplantation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pastak, M; Kleff, V; Saban, DR; Czugala, M; Steuhl, K-P; Ergün, S; Singer, BB; Fuchsluger, TA

Published Date

  • April 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 467 - 479

PubMed ID

  • 28990426

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28990426

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-7422

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-0342

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/hum.2017.044


  • eng