To investigate the role of donor T lymphocyte subsets in the development of chronic graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) induced in (BALB/c × A/J)F1 (CAF1) mice by injecting BALB/c lymphoid cells, we analyzed the effect that CD8+ cell removal from donor inoculum has on the manifestation of the disease. Compared with age- and sex-matched CAF1 mice injected with whole lymphocyte inoculum, CAF1 mice injected with CD8+-depleted inoculum exhibited: 1) a higher incidence and exacerbation of nephritis by immunocomplexes; 2) higher (five- to sevenfold) spontaneous IL-4 production; 3) higher frequency titer and precocity of anti-dsDNA, anti-histone, and EgM and IgG rheumatoid factors; 4) a dramatic change in the frequency and titer of anti-U1 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein Abs; and 5) a markedly decreased engraftment (10- to 15-fold) on BALB/c donor lymphocytes. In contrast, rheumatoid arthritis-like disease, a later clinical manifestation of the GVHD in CAF1 + BALB/c model, is not present in the CD8+-depleted model (CAF1 + CD8-BALB/c). Considered together, these data suggest that CD8+ donor T lymphocytes play an important role in the degree of chimerism, modulation of the response to autoantigens, and clinical aspects developed in the GVHD model presented here.
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 1996|