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Induction of indefinite survival of fully mismatched cardiac allografts and generation of regulatory cells by sarpogrelate hydrochloride.

Department of Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Transplantation (Impact Factor: 3.78). 10/2006; 82(8):1051-9. DOI: 10.1097/01.tp.0000233870.54297.9a
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ABSTRACT At initiation of the immunologic response, platelets rapidly release chemical mediators such as serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, [5-HT]) and cytokines. Sarpogrelate hydrochloride (SH), a selective 5-HT2-receptor antagonist, is used to treat patients with peripheral arterial disease. We investigated the effect of SH on the alloimmune response in a murine cardiac transplantation model.
CBA mice underwent transplantation of a C57BL/10 heart and received a short course of SH treatment. Survival of the allograft was recorded. An adoptive transfer study was performed to determine whether regulatory cells were generated. Immunohistochemistry studies of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), histological, cell-proliferation, and cytokine assessments were performed.
Untreated CBA mice rejected C57BL/10 cardiac grafts acutely (median survival time [MST], 8 days). In mice given 10 mg/kg of SH, all allografts survived indefinitely (MST, >100 days); these mice also had significantly prolonged survival of donor-specific skin grafts but acute rejection of third-party skin grafts. Secondary CBA recipients given not only whole but also CD4 splenocytes from primary SH-treated CBA recipients with C57BL/10 cardiac allograft had indefinite survival of C57BL/10 hearts (MST, >100 days). SH inhibited upregulation of ICAM-1 on endothelial cells in the allografts. Graft acceptance and hyporesponsiveness were confirmed by the histological and cell-proliferation studies, respectively. Production of interleukin-4 and interleukin-10 from splenocytes of SH-treated transplant recipients increased compared to that from splenocytes of untreated recipients.
SH induced indefinite survival of fully allogeneic cardiac allografts, generated CD4 regulatory cells, inhibited ICAM-1 expression in the allografts, and upregulated IL-4 and IL-10 production.

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