Short-term homing assay reveals a critical role for lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 in the hepatic recruitment of lymphocytes in graft-versus-host disease

Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United States
Journal of Hepatology (Impact Factor: 11.34). 07/2006; 44(6):1132-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhep.2005.11.042
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The liver is a major target organ of graft versus host disease (GvHD) with massive infiltration of alloreactive lymphocytes resulting in hepatitis and hepatocyte injury. Although adhesive mechanisms have been implicated in the biology of GvHD hepatitis, the identity of homing receptors involved in the initial recruitment of cells from the blood is not known.
We have developed a short-term homing assay in a model of murine GvHD. Splenocytes from donors at an active stage of GvHD were injected intravenously into adoptive recipients also undergoing GvHD. The recruitment of cells to the liver was assessed 6h after cell transfer.
Activated donor CD8 and CD4 lymphocytes expressed lymphocyte function antigen-1 (LFA-1), alpha4-integrins, and P-selectin binding ligands, and localized more efficiently than naïve T cells. Immunoneutralization of LFA-1 reduced the recruitment of CD8 and CD4 lymphocytes to the liver by more than 60%. Anti-LFA-1 antibody also markedly reduced infiltration of lymphocytes in periportal areas and protected against hepatocellular damage.
We demonstrate a critical role of LFA-1 in the recruitment of activated lymphocytes to the liver and in immune-cell mediated hepatitis. LFA-1 may be an effective therapeutic target for protecting the liver following bone marrow transplantation.

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    • "Antigen non-specific adhesion of activated CD8 T cells to LSEC has been proposed to occur via VCAM-1/␣ 4 -integrin (John and Crispe, 2004). In a graft versus host disease model, however, ␣ 4 -integrin was found to be dispensable for the recruitment of activated CD8+ T cells into the liver (Sato et al., 2006). Also, naïve CD8 T cells appear not to need ␣ 4 -integrin to be recruited to the uninflamed liver (Bertolino et al., 2005). "
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    • "Thus, these data suggest for the first time that LFA-1 is a key regulator of pancreatic injury in AP. This adds AP to the list of conditions in which LFA-1 has turned out to be a significant target; these include septic and cholestatic liver injury (Li et al., 2004; Dold et al., 2008), alcoholic liver disease (Ohki et al., 1998), viral hepatitis (Matsumoto et al., 2002), endotoxaemia (Li et al., 2004), graft-versus-host disease (Kimura et al., 1996; Sato et al., 2006) and colonic ischaemiareperfusion (Wan et al., 2003). In this context, it should be mentioned that a previous study reported that depletion of neutrophils increases pancreatic haemorrhage in response to taurocholate challenge (Ryschich et al., 2009), suggesting that leucocytes protect against haemorrhage in AP. "
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