Canine bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells suppress alloreactive lymphocyte proliferation in vitro but fail to enhance engraftment in canine bone marrow transplantation.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Volume 17, Issue 4, p.465-75 (2011)


2011, Animals, Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal, Antigens, CD, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cell Line, Cell Proliferation, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, Comparative Medicine Core Facility, Cyclosporine, Cytokine Analysis Core Facility, Dogs, Experimental Histopathology Core Facility, Flow Cytometry Core Facility, Genomics Core Facility, Graft Rejection, Graft Survival, Histocompatibility Antigens Class I, Immune Monitoring Core Facility, Immunosuppression, Immunosuppressive Agents, LYMPHOCYTES, Mycophenolic Acid, Scientific Imaging Core Facility, Shared Resources, Stromal Cells, Time Factors, Transplantation Conditioning, Transplantation, Homologous, Whole-Body Irradiation


Stable mixed hematopoietic chimerism has been consistently established in dogs who were mildly immunosuppressed by 200 cGy of total body irradiation (TBI) before undergoing dog leukocyte antigen (DLA)-identical bone marrow (BM) transplantation and who received a brief course of immunosuppression with mycophenolate mofetil (28 days) and cyclosporine (35 days) after transplantation. However, when TBI was reduced from 200 to 100 cGy, grafts were nearly uniformly rejected within 3-12 weeks. Here, we asked whether stable engraftment could be accomplished after a suboptimal dose of 100 cGy TBI with host immunosuppression enhanced by donor-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) given after transplantation. MSCs were cultured from BM cells and evaluated in vitro for antigen expression. They showed profound immunosuppressive properties in mixed lymphocyte reactions (MLRs) in a cell dose-dependent manner not restricted by DLA. MSC and lymphocyte contact was not required, indicating that immunosuppression was mediated by soluble factors. Prostaglandin E2 was increased in culture supernatant when MSCs were cocultured in MLRs. The addition of indomethacin restored lymphocyte proliferation in cultures containing MSCs. MSCs expressed CD10, CD13, CD29, CD44, CD73/SH-3, CD90/Thy-1, and CD106/VCAM-1. For in vivo studies, MSCs were injected on the day of BM grafting and on day 35, the day of discontinuation of posttransplantation cyclosporine. MSCs derived from the respective BM donors failed to avert BM graft rejection in 4 dogs who received DLA-identical grafts after nonmyeloablative conditioning with 100 cGy TBI in a time course not significantly different from that of control dogs not given MSCs. Although the MSCs displayed in vitro characteristics similar to those reported for MSCs from other species, their immunosuppressive qualities failed to sustain stable BM engraftment in vivo in this canine model.