The effects of donor-specific blood transfusion enhancement of rat renal allografts on host NK cell responses.

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Donor-specific blood transfusion (DSBT) given 1-2 weeks prior to transplantation prolongs the survival of fully allogeneic ACI (RT1a) renal allografts in PVG (RT1c) recipients from 6-8 days to greater than 100 days. We have previously demonstrated that ACI kidneys transplanted to autologous blood transfusion (ABT)- or DSBT-pretreated PVG recipients stimulated an increase in CD8+ (OX8+) cells in the peripheral blood by 6 days after transplantation. To determine whether this increase represents a general expansion of the entire CD8+ population or only a subpopulation of CD8+ cells, subset analysis was performed on peripheral blood lymphocytes depleted of cells reactive with monoclonal antibodies against rat alpha beta T cell receptor (TCR), CD8, or NK cells (R7.3, OX8, or 3.2.3, respectively). Phenotypic studies of PBL depleted of CD8+ cells demonstrated that all 3.2.3+ NK cells coexpressed CD8; depletion of 3.2.3+ PBL revealed a second subpopulation of CD8+3.2.3- cells comprised predominantly of alpha beta TCR+ T cells. In naive PVG rats the prevalence of these two CD8+ subpopulations was approximately equal. Both ABT- and DSBT-pretreated renal allograft recipients demonstrated a significant and equivalent expansion of the CD8+ cell subpopulation that coexpresses the 3.2.3 NK marker. In contrast, the second subpopulation of CD8+3.2.3- cells did not change significantly after allografting. There were also no differences between DSBT and ABT pretreated rats in activity of PBL against the NK targets YAC-1 and Doxie at 6 days after renal transplantation, though the level of activity was modestly increased compared with naive controls. These findings indicate that renal transplantation in the rat is associated with a significant increase in PBL with the NK phenotype (CD8+3.2.3+) and a modest increase of NK activity, but that DSBT enhancement does not affect this NK cell response.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wasowska, B; Howell, DN; Baldwin, WM; Sanfilippo, F

Published Date

  • July 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 136 - 142

PubMed ID

  • 1631922

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0041-1337

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00007890-199207000-00024


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States