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CD4<sup>+</sup> T-lymphocytes mediate ischemia/reperfusion-induced inflammatory responses in mouse liver

Zwacka, RM and Zhang, Y and Halldorson, J and Schlossberg, H and Dudus, L and Engelhardt, JF (1997) 'CD4<sup>+</sup> T-lymphocytes mediate ischemia/reperfusion-induced inflammatory responses in mouse liver.' Journal of Clinical Investigation, 100 (2). 279 - 289. ISSN 0021-9738

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The success of orthotopic liver transplantation is dependent on multiple factors including MHC tissue compatibility and ischemic/reperfusion injury. Ischemic/reperfusion (I/R) injury in the liver occurs in a biphasic pattern consisting of both acute phase (oxygen free radical mediated) and subacute phase (neutrophil-mediated) damage. Although numerous studies have given insights into the process of neutrophil recruitment after I/R injury to the liver, the exact mechanism that initiates this subacute response remains undefined. Using a T cell-deficient mouse model, we present data that suggests that T-lymphocytes are key mediators of subacute neutrophil inflammatory responses in the liver after ischemia and reperfusion. To this end, using a partial lobar liver ischemia model, we compared the extent of reperfusion injury between immune competent BALB/c and athymic nu/nu mice. Studies evaluating the extent of liver damage as measured by serum transaminases (GPT) demonstrate similar acute (3-6 h) post-I/R responses in these two mouse models. In contrast, the subacute phase (16-20 h) of liver injury, as measured by both serum GPT levels and percent hepatocellular necrosis, was dramatically reduced in T cell-deficient mice as compared with those with an intact immune system. This reduction in liver injury seen in nu/nu mice was associated with a 10-fold reduction in hepatic neutrophil infiltration. Adoptive transfer of T cell-enriched splenocytes from immune competent mice was capable of reconstituting the neutrophil-mediated subacute inflammatory response within T cell-deficient nu/nu mice. Furthermore, in vivo antibody depletion of CD4+ T-lymphocytes in immune competent mice resulted in a reduction of subacute phase injury and inflammation as measured by serum GPT levels and neutrophil infiltration. In contrast, depletion of CD8+ T-lymphocytes had no effect on these indexes of subacute inflammation. Kinetic analysis of T cell infiltration in the livers of BALB/c mice demonstrated a fivefold increase in the number of hepatic CD4+ T-lymphocytes within the first hour of reperfusion with no significant change in the number of CD8+ T-lymphocytes. In summary, these results implicate CD4+ T- lymphocytes as key regulators in initiating I/R-induced inflammatory responses in the liver. Such findings have implications for therapy directed at the early events in this inflammatory cascade that may prove useful in liver transplantation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 08:25
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2021 10:15

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