Blockade of LIGHT/LTbeta and CD40 signaling induces allospecific T cell anergy, preventing graft-versus-host disease.

Koji Tamada, Hideto Tamura, Dallas Flies, Yang Xin Fu, Esteban Celis, Larry R. Pease, Bruce R. Blazar, Lieping Chen

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Previous studies have shown that blockade of LIGHT, a T cell costimulatory molecule belonging to the TNF superfamily, by soluble lymphotoxin beta receptor-Ig (LTbetaR-Ig) inhibits the cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response to host antigenic disparities and ameliorates lethal graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in a B6 to BDF1 mouse model. Here, we demonstrate that infusion of an mAb against CD40 ligand (CD40L) further increases the efficacy of LTbetaR-Ig, leading to complete prevention of GVHD. We further demonstrate that alloantigen-specific CTLs become anergic upon rapid expansion, and persist in the tolerized mice as a result of costimulatory blockade. Transfer of anergic CTLs to secondary F1 mice fails to induce GVHD despite the fact that anergic CTLs can be stimulated to proliferate in vitro by antigens and cytokines. Our study provides a potential new approach for the prevention of lethal GVHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-557
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


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