Alloimmune injury and rejection of human skin grafts on human peripheral blood lymphocyte-reconstituted non-obese diabetic severe combined immunodeficient beta2-microglobulin-null mice
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Department of Medicine, Diabetes Division; Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Small animal models with the capacity to support engraftment of a functional human immune system are needed to facilitate studies of human alloimmunity. In the present investigation, non-obese diabetic (NOD) severe combined immunodeficient (scid) beta2-microglobulin-null (B2mnull) mice engrafted with human peripheral blood lymphocytes (hu-PBL-NOD-scid B2mnull mice) were used as in vivo models for studying human skin allograft rejection. Hu-PBL-NOD-scid B2mnull mice were established by injection of human spleen cells or PBLs and transplanted with full-thickness allogeneic human skin. Human cell engraftment was enhanced by injection of anti-mouse CD122 antibody. The respective contributions of human CD4+ and CD8+ cells in allograft rejection were determined using depleting antibodies. Human skin grafts on unmanipulated NOD-scid B2mnull mice uniformly survived but on chimeric hu-PBL-NOD-scid B2mnull mice exhibited severe immune-mediated injury that often progressed to complete rejection. The alloaggressive hu-PBLs did not require prior in vitro sensitization to elicit targeted effector cell activity. Extensive mononuclear cell infiltration directed towards human-origin endothelium was associated with thrombosis and fibrin necrosis. No evidence of graft-versus-host disease was detected. Either CD4+ or CD8+ T cells may mediate injury and alloimmune rejection of human skin grafts on hu-PBL-NOD-scid B2mnull mice. It is proposed that Hu-PBL-NOD-scid B2mnull mice engrafted with human skin will provide a useful model for analysis of interventions designed to modulate human allograft rejection.
DOI of Published Version
Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2003 Oct;228(9):1096-104.
Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.)
Turgeon NA, Banuelos SJ, Shultz LD, Lyons BL, Iwakoshi NN, Greiner DL, Mordes JP, Rossini AA, Appel MC. (2003). Alloimmune injury and rejection of human skin grafts on human peripheral blood lymphocyte-reconstituted non-obese diabetic severe combined immunodeficient beta2-microglobulin-null mice. Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Student Publications. https://doi.org/10.1177/153537020322800918. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsbs_sp/1266