Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mechanisms of human smooth muscle cell proliferation and transplant vasculopathy induced by HLA class I antibodies: In vitro and in vivo studies.

Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC) play an important role in the pathophysiology of transplant vasculopathy (TV), a major cause of late death in patients receiving an organ transplant. In this review we describe the proliferative effect in vitro and in vivo of HLA class I antibodies on human SMC. We have developed an experimental model using segments of human mesenteric arteries transplanted in the position of the infrarenal aorta in immunodeficient mice (SCID/beige). Weekly injections of transplanted mice with a monoclonal antibody towards HLA class I provoked typical lesions of TV after 6weeks in the human graft while transplanted mice receiving an irrelevant antibody did not develop any significant lesion. In vitro, the anti-HLA antibodies were mitogenic to SMC and we showed that they activate a stress-induced signaling pathway implicating matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase-2). The proliferative effect of anti-HLA antibodies could be blocked by pharmacological inhibitors or by siRNA. Administration of pharmacological inhibitors diminished the development of TV in grafted mice injected with anti-HLA antibodies demonstrating an important role of the MMP/nSMase-2 pathway in antibody-induced TV. This observation opens new perspectives for the management of TV in clinical settings (read more) Print this post

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