Background: Recombinant human soluble CD83 had previously exhibited significant immunosuppressive properties that involved interference with dendritic cell maturation in both mouse and humans, inhibition of autoimmunity in mice, and induction of antigen-specific mouse cardiac allograft tolerance when used in combination with other immunosuppressive drugs. Our current research focus turned to examining the effects of peritransplant soluble CD83 (sCD83) administration on prevention of chronic renal allograft rejection.
Methods: Fisher344-to-Lewis orthotopic rat renal transplants were performed with sequential recipient killing on postoperative days (PODs) 2, 14, and 140 to examine both the acute and chronic effects of peritransplant sCD83 treatment in rat recipients.
Results: Recipients treated with sCD83 exhibited a marked decrease in IgM and IgG deposition in the graft and antidonor antibody levels in the circulation, as early as POD14 and persisting until POD140. sCD83 treatment also reduced the infiltration of T cells and monocytes into the graft tissue and inhibited intragraft expression of MyD88 and inflammatory cytokine levels during the observation period. sCD83-treated grafts demonstrated normal histology beyond POD140, including dramatic reductions in tubular atrophy and interstitial fibrosis compared with untreated recipients.
Conclusion: We have demonstrated that peritransplant treatment with recombinant sCD83 attenuates both innate and adaptive immune responses and leads to prevention of chronic rejection in a rat renal transplant model. Because sCD83 is of human origin, the therapeutic approach used in our rodent transplant model holds significant promise for clinical transplantation.