Induction of transgene-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses after transplantation of gene-modified CD34+ cells despite nonablative immunosuppressive conditioning.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Human gene therapy, Volume 19, Issue 1, p.103-7 (2008)


2008, Animals, Antigens, CD34, Clinical Research Division, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Hematopoietic Stem Cells, Papio, T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic, Transgenes, Transplantation Conditioning


In previous studies we showed that low-dose irradiation and immunosuppression with cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil prolonged in vivo persistence of gene-modified T cells but was unable to induce tolerance. We hypothesized that the lack of sustained antigen presentation because of the limited life span of the infused T cells might be responsible for the lack of tolerance induction. Thus, we examined whether tolerance could be induced by infusion of long-lived stem cells. Two baboons were transplanted with YFP/neo-transduced CD34+ cells. The transgene-marked cells disappeared completely within 5 weeks and CD8+ transgene-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes were detected in both animals. Thus, this nonablative conditioning regimen did not provide sufficient immunosuppression for the induction of tolerance after infusion of gene-modified CD34+ cells.