Lawrence Steinman

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  • Characterization of acute bone marrow graft rejection in T cell-depleted, partially mismatched related donor bone marrow transplantation Lamb, L. S., Szafer, F., HENSLEEDOWNEY, P. J., Walker, M., King, S., Godder, K., Pati, A. R., BEST, R., Steinman, L., Geier, S. S., Gee, A. P. CARDEN JENNINGS PUBL CO LTD. 1995: 1595-1600


    The purpose of this study was to characterize the phenotype and clonality of the T cell population in patients who experience acute rejection (AR) following bone marrow transplantation (BMT) from a partially mismatched related donor (PMRD). Phenotypic analysis was performed using flow cytometry, assignment of donor/host lineage by cytogenetics or HLA-specific flow cytometry, and analysis of the T cell receptor (TCR) by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). We have previously reported the initial appearance in the blood of AR patients of host CD8+brightCD3low T cells that progressively express increasing amounts of CD3+ cells. We now report that this cell population can differentiate into either a cytotoxic T cell phenotype (CD3+CD8+HLA-DR+CD57-) usually associated with AR of grafts from matched unrelated donors or a suppressor T cell phenotype (CD3+CD8+CD57+HLA-DR-) usually associated with AR of grafts from matched sibling donors. Analysis of the TCR V beta subsets from two patients revealed sorted host CD3+CD8+ cells (purity 90-95%) from the first patient to express V beta 18 almost exclusively. In a second patient with late rejection (55 days post-BMT), the CD3+CD8+ cells were predominantly restricted to V beta 1, 5.1, 7, 9, and 18. Although CD3+CD8+ T cells are known to be associated with AR, cytotoxic and suppressor lineages in AR from the same type of BMT and clonal distribution of T cells in AR have not been reported. Preliminary results suggest that V beta expression in AR of PMRD grafts is restricted and host T cell phenotype may vary. Further studies will investigate whether specific mismatches correlate with specific V beta usage and/or host T cell phenotype.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1995TN43200028

    View details for PubMedID 8542952

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