Suppression of alloantigen-induced T-cell proliferation by CD14+ cells derived from granulocyte colony-stimulating factor-mobilized peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Blood, Volume 89, Issue 5, p.1629-34 (1997)


Antigens, CD14, Cell Communication, Cell Differentiation, Cell Division, Cell Lineage, Cells, Cultured, Coculture Techniques, Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor, Humans, Immunophenotyping, Isoantigens, Leukocytes, Mononuclear, Lymphocyte Activation, Lymphocyte Subsets, T-Lymphocytes


The proliferative responsiveness of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized blood was studied in uni-directional mixed leukocyte cultures. Unfractionated mononuclear cells from mobilized blood obtained by leukapheresis at day 4 after initiation of G-CSF (G-PBMC) were hyporesponsive (31.5% +/- 9.2% response, P = .003) compared to mononuclear cells obtained from the peripheral blood before administration of G-CSF (preG-PBMC). There was great variability among donors when purified preG- and G-CD4 cells were compared. In eight of 10 donors, G-CD4 cells were equally responsive or moderately hyporesponsive; in two of 10 donors, G-CD4 cells were more strikingly hyporesponsive. CD14 cells derived from leukapheresis products (G-CD14 cells) suppressed alloantigen-induced proliferation by 48.6% +/- 7.5% when added to preG-PBMC or preG-CD4 cells at responder-CD14 ratios of 2:1 (P < .001). Suppression was evident (14.4% +/- 5.0%) even at responder-CD14 ratios of 8:1 and was largely contact-independent. PreG- and G-CD14 cells had equivalent potency in suppressing proliferative responses. Given that G-CSF-mobilized blood cell grafts contain 50-fold more CD14 cells and only 10-fold more T cells than marrow, we propose that suppression of donor T cells by the large proportion of monocytes present in leukapheresis products could contribute to the unexpectedly low incidence and severity of graft-versus-host disease after peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.