CD4(+) T cells contribute to postischemic liver injury in mice by interacting with sinusoidal endothelium and platelets

Institute for Surgical Research, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany.
Hepatology (Impact Factor: 11.06). 02/2006; 43(2):306-15. DOI: 10.1002/hep.21017
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The mechanisms by which T cells contribute to the hepatic inflammation during antigen-independent ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) are not fully understood. We analyzed the recruitment of T cells in the postischemic hepatic microcirculation in vivo and tested the hypothesis that T cells interact with platelets and activate sinusoidal endothelial cells, resulting in microvascular dysfunction followed by tissue injury. Using intravital videofluorescence microscopy, we show in mice that warm hepatic I/R (90/30-140 min) induces accumulation and transendothelial migration of CD4+, but not CD8+ T cells in sinusoids during early reperfusion. Simultaneous visualization of fluorescence-labeled CD4+ T cells and platelets showed that approximately 30% of all accumulated CD4+ T cells were colocalized with platelets, suggesting an interaction between both cell types. Although interactions of CD4+/CD40L-/- T cells with CD40L-/- platelets in wild-type mice were slightly reduced, they were almost absent if CD4+ T cells and platelets were from CD62P-/- mice. CD4 deficiency as well as CD40-CD40L and CD28-B7 disruption attenuated postischemic platelet adherence in the same manner as platelet inactivation with a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa antagonist and reduced neutrophil transmigration, sinusoidal perfusion failure, and transaminase activities. Treatment with an MHC class II antibody, however, did not affect I/R injury. In conclusion, we describe the type, kinetic, and microvascular localization of T cell recruitment in the postischemic liver. CD4+ T cells interact with platelets in postischemic sinusoids, and this interaction is mediated by platelet CD62P. CD4+ T cells activate endothelium, increase I/R-induced platelet adherence and neutrophil migration via CD40-CD40L and CD28-B7-dependent pathways, and aggravate microvascular/hepatocellular injury.

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    • "It has been previously demonstrated that use of MHC-II-blocking antibodies has no effect on serum alanine transaminase following hepatic IR, which suggested that T cells play a role not involving the αβ TCR and that lymphocyte actions occur through a non-antigenic mechanism [28]. Furthermore, non-naïve as well as unconventional T cells can be functionally activated by cytokines in a manner independent of TCR engagement [29], [30]. "
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    ABSTRACT: BackgroundCD4+ T cell is acknowledged as a key factor in the initiation phase of liver ischemia reperfusion injury. The purpose of current study is to demonstrate the effect of antecedent near-term anti-CD25 monoclonal antibody treatment on IR-induced liver injury by modulation of CD4+ T cells.Methods70% liver warm IR was induced in male C57BL/6 mice after anti-CD25 mAb or non-specific IgG administration. Liver function, histological damage, in vitro Proliferation, FACS, cytokine production, and immunofluorescence were assessed to evaluate the impact of antecedent near-term PC61 treatment on IR-induced liver injury.ResultsAfter 70% liver ischemia, mice preconditioned with PC61 displayed significantly preserved liver function as characterized by less histological damage and reduced serum enzymes level. Mechanistic studies revealed that the protection effect of anti-CD25 mAb was associated with ameliorated intrahepatic inflammatory milieu and reduced CD4+ T lymphocytes as manifested by the decrease of proinflammatory cytokine production (less expression of TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-2, and IL-6) and the lower CD4/CD8 proportion.ConclusionsOur results provide first line of evidence indicating that near-term treatment with anti-CD25 monoclonal antibody might provide protection for livers against IR-induced injury by reducing CD4+ T cells, but not influencing functional Treg population. Therefore, our results demonstrate a potential function of anti-CD25 monoclonal antibody which was neglected in the past, and may be helpful in various clinical conditions, particularly in liver and kidney transplantations.
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    • "In this respect, T cells have been shown to be critically involved in the induction of IRI of the liver [29-32]. A rapid recruitment of CD4+ T cells in hepatic sinusoids as early as 30 minutes after reperfusion is followed by their migration through the endothelial barrier to injured hepatic tissue [30]. Although CD4+ T cells themselves are not cytotoxic, they release a panel of cytokines, chemokines and adhesion molecules which are potentially harmful to the organ. "
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    • "Activated NKT cells directly damage liver tissue and also produce IFN-γ with further activation of KC and hepatocytes [69, 70]. The net result of this circular activation and stimulation of different cell sub types is destruction of hepatocytes and SEC [71, 72]. "
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