In vivo blockade of CD28/CTLA4: B7/BB1 interaction with CTLA4-Ig reduces lethal murine graft-versus-host disease across the major histocompatibility complex barrier in mice

Bruce R Blazar, Patricia A. Taylor, Peter S. Linsley, Daniel A Vallera

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Abstract

We tested whether the in vivo infusion of recombinant, soluble CTLA4 fused with Ig heavy chains, as a surrogate ligand used to block CD28/CTLA4 T-cell costimulation, could prevent effecient T-cell activation and thereby reduce graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Lethally irradiated B10.BR recipients of major histocompatibility complex disparate C57BL/6 donor grafts received intraperitoneal injections of human CTLA4-Ig (hCTLA4-Ig) or murine CTLa4-Ig (mCTLA4-Ig) in various doses and schedules beginning on day -1 or day 0 of bone marrow transplantation (BMT). In all five experiments, recipients of CTLA4-Ig had a significantly higher actuarial survival rate compared to mice injected with an irrelevant antibody control (L6) or saline alone. Survival rates in recipients of hL6 or PBS were 0% at 29 to 45 days post-BMT. In recipients of CTLA4-Ig, survival rates were as high as 63% mice surviving 3 months post-BMT. However, protection was somewhat variable and recipients of CTLA4-Ig were not GVHD-free by body weight, clinical appearance, and histopathologic examination. There were no significant differences in the survival rates in comparing injection dose, injection duration, or species of CTLA4-Ig v mCTLA4-Ig). Splenic and peripheral blood flow cytometry studies of long-term hCTLA4-Ig-injected survivors showed a significant peripheral B- cell and CD4+ T-cell lymphopenia, consistent with GVHD. A kinetic study of splenic reconstitution was performed in mice that received hCTLA4-Ig and showed that mature splenic localized CD8+ T-cell repopulation was not significantly different in recipients of hCTLA4-Ig compared with hL6, despite the significant increase in actuarial survival rate in that experiment. These data suggest that the beneficial effect of hCTLA4-Ig on survival is not mediated by interfering with mature donor-derived T-cell repopulation post- BMT. Neither hCTLA4-Ig nor mCTLA4-Ig interfered with hematopoietic recovery post-BMT. We conclude that CTLA4-Ig (most likely in combination with other agents) may represent an important new modality for GVHD prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3815-3825
Number of pages11
JournalBlood
Volume83
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 1994

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