Langerhans cells are not required for efficient skin graft rejection

Jagdeep S. Obhrai, Martin Oberbarnscheidt, Na Zhang, Daniel L Mueller, Warren D. Shlomchik, Fadi G. Lakkis, Mark J. Shlomchik, Daniel H Kaplan

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The mechanism of skin allograft rejection has been thought to require presentation of graft antigen by resident epidermal Langerhans cells (LCs). We have previously engineered mice that have a selective and constitutive absence of epidermal LCs. By using donor skin from these LC-deficient mice, we show that LCs are not required for rejection of major (FVB → B6) or minor (H-Y, male → female on B6 background) antigen-mismatched skin grafts. On the FVB background, where H-Y mismatched grafts are normally maintained indefinitely, grafts lacking LCs are efficiently rejected. Thus, LCs in the donor graft are required for long-term skin engraftment, which supports a regulatory role for LCs in skin graft acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1950-1955
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008


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