Instillation of allogeneic lung antigen-presenting cells deficient in expression of major histocompatibility complex class I or II antigens have differential effects on local cellular and humoral immunity and on pathology in recipient murine lungs

K. M. Heidler, K. Baker, K. Woods, C. Schnizlein-Bick, O. W. Cummings, R. Sidner, B. Foresman, D. S. Wilkes

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Recognition of allogeneic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules expressed on donor lung antigen-presenting cells (APCs) by host T lymphocytes is believed to stimulate lung allograft rejection. However, the specific roles of donor MHC molecules in the rejection response is unknown. We report a murine model in which instilling allogeneic lung APCs into recipient lungs induces pathology analogous to acute rejection, and the production of interferon (IFN)-γ, immunoglobulin (Ig) G2a, and alloantibodies in recipient lungs. Using allogeneic lung APCs (C57BL/6, I-ab, H-2b) deficient in MHC class I, II, or both for instillation into lungs of BALB/c mice (I-a(d), H-2(d)), the purpose of the current study was to determine the specific roles of donor MHC molecules in stimulating local alloimmune responses. The data show that MHC class I or II on donor APCs induced IFN-γ and IgG2a synthesis locally, though less than that induced by wild-type cells. Both MHC class I and II were required to induce alloantibody production. Instillation of wild-type or class I- or class II-deficient APCs induced comparable pathologic lesions in recipient lungs, and more severe than that induced by MHC-deficient cells. These data show that donor MHC class I and II molecules have differential effects in the stimulation of local alloimmune responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-505
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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