Analysis of suppressor T cells induced by donor-specific transfusion (DST): establishment of a human T cell hybridoma producing an antigen-nonspecific suppressor factor.

T. Fujiwara, K. Sakagami, S. Kusaka, M. Uda, K. Orita

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Formation of suppressor T cells (Ts) induced by donor-specific transfusion (DST) is one of the most commonly suggested mechanisms for the beneficial effect of DST. In this study, we established a human T cell hybridoma derived from the peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) of a DST-treated patient, which produced an antigen-nonspecific suppressor factor. Post-DST PBL were fused with an azaguanine-resistant mutant of a human T cell leukemia cell line, CCRF-CEM(AG). After selection and cloning, we established one clone producing the mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) inhibitory factor (C524: 18%-43% suppression). Suppressive activity of the supernatant obtained from C524 after activation by PHA was highly augmented (64%-88% MLR suppression). This factor inhibited MLR dose-dependently in an antigen-nonspecific and HLA non-restricted manner. These results indicated that Ts clones could be generated in patients receiving DST and that the immunoregulatory factors produced by activated clones may play a role in the prolongation of renal allograft survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S653-658
JournalTransplant international : official journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
Volume5 Suppl 1
Publication statusPublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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