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Use of anti-CD3 epsilon F(ab')2 fragments in vivo to modulate graft-versus-host disease without loss of graft-versus-leukemia reactivity after MHC-matched bone marrow transplantation. J Immunol 1995 May 15;154(10):5542-54



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2-s2.0-0028989604   40 Citations


The use of T cell-specific mAb in vivo for prevention and treatment of graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) and its impact on graft-vs-leukemia (GVL) reactivity was examined in a murine model of MHC-matched bone marrow transplantation (BMT). F(ab')2 fragments of a CD3 epsilon-specific mAb were administered to irradiated AKR (H-2k) hosts after transplantation of BM plus spleen cells from B10.BR donors (BMS chimeras). The effects on GVH and GVL reactivity were Ab dose- and schedule-dependent. A short course of mAb (qe2d, days 0 to 8) prevented clinical evidence of GVHD and mortality. Anti-CD3 F(ab')2 mAb reversed clinical symptoms of acute GVHD when delayed up to 18 days post-transplant. Anti-host (Mls-1a)-specific V beta 6+ cells were absent from the spleens of GVH-negative control mice, but persisted in Ab-treated BMS chimeras despite the absence of GVHD. Leukemic mice given 16.7 micrograms of Ab on days 0, 2, and 4 survived leukemia-free without developing severe GVHD. A longer course of Ab completely prevented GVHD, but led to leukemia relapse in tumor-bearing hosts, despite engraftment of donor T cells. The GVL effect was quantitatively stronger when Ab was used for GVH therapy as compared with GVH prevention. Some Ab-treated, GVH-free chimeras relapsed with lymphomas in unusual sites, suggesting that occult tumor cells may persist in nonlymphoid tissues. These experiments demonstrate that T cell-specific mAb can be used successfully in vivo to avoid severe GVHD, but that excessive or ill-timed administration of Ab may eliminate GVL reactivity.

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Johnson BD, McCabe C, Hanke CA, Truitt RL


Bryon D. Johnson PhD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Bone Marrow Transplantation
Flow Cytometry
Graft vs Host Disease
Immunoglobulin Fab Fragments
Leukemia, Experimental
Mice, Inbred AKR
Mice, Inbred Strains
Radiation Chimera
Receptor-CD3 Complex, Antigen, T-Cell
Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell
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