Naturally acquired tolerance and sensitization to minor histocompatibility antigens in healthy family members

Astrid G.S. Van Halteren, Ewa Jankowska-Gan, Antoinette Joosten, Els Blokland, Jos Pool, Anneke Brand, William J. Burlingham, Els Goulmy

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Bidirectional cell transfer during pregnancy frequently leads to postpartum persistence of allogeneic cells and alloimmune responses in both the mother and in her offspring. The life-long consequences of naturally acquired alloimmune reactivity are probably of importance for the outcome of allogeneic stem cell transplantation. We investigated the presence of CD8pos minor histocompatibility (H) antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (TCTL) and CD8pos minor H antigen-specific T regulator cells (TREG) in peripheral blood cells obtained from 17 minor H antigen-disparate mother-offspring pairs. Absence of minor H antigen-specific TREG, as marked by the feasibility to expand TCTL from isolated tetramer pos populations, was observed in 6 mothers and 1 son. The presence of minor H alloantigen-specific TREG was observed in 4 mothers and 5 sons. These TREG were detected within isolated tetramerdim staining fractions and functioned in a CTLA-4-dependent fashion. Our study indicates that both TCTL and TREG mediated alloimmunity against minor H antigens may be present in healthy female and male hematopoietic stem cell donors, potentially influencing graft-versus-host reactivity in different ways.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)2263-2272
Aantal pagina's10
Nummer van het tijdschrift11
StatusGepubliceerd - 2009
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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