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See detailAutoimmune syndrome after neonatal induction of tolerance to alloantigens: analysis of the role of donor T cells in the induction of autoimmunity
Merino, J.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Wen, L. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (1990), 79

The injection of (C57BL/6 x BALB/c) F1 spleen cells into BALB/c newborn mice leads to activation of persisting F1 donor B cells and development of a lupus-like syndrome in tolerized BALB/c mice. This ... [more ▼]

The injection of (C57BL/6 x BALB/c) F1 spleen cells into BALB/c newborn mice leads to activation of persisting F1 donor B cells and development of a lupus-like syndrome in tolerized BALB/c mice. This syndrome is characterized by hypergammaglobulinaemia, high levels of anti-DNA and anti-Sm antibodies, circulating immune complexes and deposits of immunoglobulin in renal glomeruli. The role of donor T cells in this model was investigated by injecting the newborn mice with F1 cells depleted in different T cell subsets by using specific monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs). Tolerance, as shown by an absence of H-2b-specific CTL alloreactivity and persistence of immunoglobulin bearing the donor allotype were observed in mice injected with F1 cells previously depleted in the CD4+ and/or CD8+ T cell subsets as well as in those which received Thy-1+-depleted F1 spleen cells. In these mice, a typical autoimmune syndrome was found, including splenomegaly and lymphadenopathy, anti-ssDNA and anti-aortic myosin IgG antibodies and renal deposition of immunoglobulin. However, some quantitative changes were seen: the levels of anti-aortic myosin antibodies were lower in mice tolerized with CD4+-depleted F1 cells than in those receiving untreated F1 cells. Conversely, higher levels of these autoantibodies were observed in mice tolerized with CD8+-depleted F1 cells. These results suggest that mature donor T cells are not necessary neither for the establishment of neonatal tolerance to alloantigens nor for the activation of F1 donor B cells in the production of the autoimmune syndrome in tolerant mice, but they may contribute in the regulation of the expression of autoreactive B cell clones. [less ▲]

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See detailAutoimmune syndrome after induction of neonatal tolerance to alloantigens: effects of in vivo treatment with anti-T cell subset monoclonal antibodies
Merino, J.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Luzuy, S. et al

in Journal of Immunology (1987), 139

BALB/c (H-2d) mice rendered tolerant to h-2b alloantigens by neonatal injection of semiallogeneic (C57BL/6 X BALB/c)F1 spleen cells develop autoimmune features due to an abnormal activation of persisting ... [more ▼]

BALB/c (H-2d) mice rendered tolerant to h-2b alloantigens by neonatal injection of semiallogeneic (C57BL/6 X BALB/c)F1 spleen cells develop autoimmune features due to an abnormal activation of persisting F1 donor B cells. The role of T cells in this autoimmune syndrome was studied by in vivo treatment of tolerant mice with anti-L3T4(GK-1.5) or anti-Ly-2 (H-35-17.2) monoclonal antibodies. The treatment of tolerant mice from day 2 to day 21 of life with anti-L3T4 MAb completely prevented the occurrence of circulating immune complexes of anti-ssDNA anti-Sm and anti-hapten (FITC) IgG antibodies as well as the glomerular deposition of Ig that were usually seen in untreated tolerant mice. This effect persisted for at least 6 wk after stopping this treatment. When the injections of anti-L3T4 MAb were delayed until day 15 of life, a very significant decrease of the autoimmune manifestations was still observed. Treatment of tolerant mice with anti-Ly-2 MAb during the same period had no effects on the autoimmune disease as compared with untreated tolerant mice. No effects on the maintenance of tolerance vs H-2b alloantigens were observed after treatment with anti-L3T4 MAb, as followed by the decrease of CTL and CTL-p alloreactivity and by the persistence of F1 donor B cells, indicated by the presence of Ig bearing the Ighb donor allotype. These results suggest the existence of interactions between L3T4+ T cells and persisting autoreactive B cells from F1 donor origin in the development of the autoimmune syndrome after neonatal induction of transplantation tolerance [less ▲]

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