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Reversibility with Interleukin-2 Suggests that T Cell Anergy Contributes to Donor-Specific Hyporesponsiveness in Renal Transplant Patients

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Fai NgORCiD, Dr Rachel Baker, Dr Bill Chaudhry


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Data from various rodent models have implicated a role for anergic T cells in the maintenance of self and transplantation tolerance. The relevance of donor-specific T cell anergy to clinical transplantation, however, has not been demonstrated. Previous studies have reported that recipients of solid organ transplant often have reduced frequencies of CD4(+) T cells with anti-donor direct pathway allospecificity after transplantation. The underlying mechanism(s) of this donor-specific hyporesponsiveness is unclear but likely to contribute to the diminished immunosuppressive requirement of transplant patients with time after transplantation. This study shows that ex vivo treatment of CD4(+) T cells from renal transplant recipients with IL-2 could specifically increase the anti-donor frequency in all the patients with evidence of donor-specific hyporesponsiveness. It also shows that the IL-2-induced recovery of anti-donor frequency is unlikely to result from nonspecific stimulation or selective clonal expansion of activated, allospecific CD4(+) T cells. Taken together, the data suggest that T cell anergy plays an important role in the direct pathway hyporesponsiveness that evolves in many human renal transplant recipients.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Baker R; Ng WF; Chaudhry A; Hernandez-Fuentes M; Lechler RI

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Year: 2002

Volume: 13

Issue: 12

Pages: 2983-2989

ISSN (print): 1046-6673

ISSN (electronic): 1533-3450

Publisher: American Society of Nephrology


DOI: 10.1097/01.ASN.0000042163.73539.D4


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