Sinda Bigenzahn

University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria

Are you Sinda Bigenzahn?

Claim your profile

Publications (25)

  • Source
    Patrick-Nikolaus Nierlich · Christoph Klaus · Sinda Bigenzahn · [...] · Thomas Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Distinct lymphocyte populations have been identified that either promote or impede the establishment of chimerism and tolerance through allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Natural killer T (NKT) cells have pleiotropic regulatory properties capable of either augmenting or downmodulating various immune responses. We investigated in this study whether NKT cells affect outcome in mixed chimerism models employing fully mismatched nonmyeloablative BMT with costimulation blockade (CB). The absence of NKT cells had no detectable effect on chimerism or skin graft tolerance after conditioning with 3Gy total body irradiation (TBI), and a limited positive effect with 1Gy TBI. Stimulation of NKT cells with alpha-galactosylceramide (alpha-gal) at the time of BMT prevented chimerism and tolerance. Activation of recipient (as opposed to donor) NKT cells was necessary and sufficient for the alpha-gal effect. The detrimental effect of NKT activation was also observed in the absence of T cells after conditioning with in vivo T-cell depletion (TCD). NKT cells triggered rejection of BM via NK cells as chimerism and tolerance were not abrogated when NKT cells were stimulated in the absence of both NK cells and T cells. Thus, activation of NKT cells at the time of BMT overcomes the effects of CB, inhibiting the establishment of chimerism and tolerance.
    Full-text Article · Nov 2010 · Transplant International
  • Source
    Dataset: Table S1
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Primer sequences used for real time PCR are listed in Table S1. (0.03 MB DOC)
    Full-text Dataset · Apr 2010
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: (0.03 MB DOC)
    Full-text Dataset · Apr 2010
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Anti-CD154 (MR1) monoclonal antibody (mAb) and rapamycin (RAPA) treatment both improve survival of rat-to-mouse islet xenograft. The present study investigated the effect of combined RAPA/MR1 treatment on rat-to-mouse islet xenograft survival and analyzed the role of CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) T regulatory cells (Treg) in the induction and maintenance of the ensuing tolerance. C57BL/6 mice were treated with MR1/RAPA and received additional monoclonal anti-IL2 mAb or anti CD25 mAb either early (0-28 d) or late (100-128 d) post-transplantation. Treg were characterised in the blood, spleen, draining lymph nodes and within the graft of tolerant and rejecting mice by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. Fourteen days of RAPA/MR1 combination therapy allowed indefinite islet graft survival in >80% of the mice. Additional administration of anti-IL-2 mAb or depleting anti-CD25 mAb at the time of transplantation resulted in rejection (100% and 89% respectively), whereas administration at 100 days post transplantation lead to lower rejection rates (25% and 40% respectively). Tolerant mice showed an increase of Treg within the graft and in draining lymph nodes early post transplantation, whereas 100 days post transplantation no significant increase of Treg was observed. Rejecting mice showed a transient increase of Treg in the xenograft and secondary lymphoid organs, which disappeared within 7 days after rejection. These results suggest a critical role for Treg in the induction phase of tolerance early after islet xenotransplantation. These encouraging data support the need of developing further Treg therapy for overcoming the species barrier in xenotransplantation.
    Full-text Article · Apr 2010 · PLoS ONE
  • Source
    Dataset: Figure S1
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Concordant xeno- and allo-responses are diminished in late tolerant mice. White bars, naïve mice; gray bars: Group 6, (late anti-IL2 treatment); black bars: Group 8 (late anti-CD25 mAb treatment). Alternatively Sprague donor strain splenocytes, Lewis splenocytes, BALB/c splenocytes or human PBMC were used as stimulators. In late anti-IL2 mAb and late anti-CD25 mAb treatment groups, graft-tolerant mice demonstrated MLR responses against donor cells that were reduced approximately 60% compared to control group and maintained a robust T cell proliferation against human stimulator cells. Surprisingly, graft-tolerant mice also showed significantly decreased T cell proliferation indices against allogeneic (Balb mouse) and xenogeneic (Lewis rat) stimulators compared to naïve mice. In rejecting mice, all mean stimulation indices were not statistically different when compared to naïve mice (data not shown). Late tolerant mice (200 days post tx) were shown to be hypo-responsive against donor antigen in contrast to rejecting or naive recipient in mixed lymphocyte reaction. Stimulation index was calculated as CPM of responder lymphocytes stimulated by allo- or xenogeneic stimulators divided by CPM of responder lymphocytes stimulated by self stimulators. All results were calculated with mean and standard deviation. One way ANOVA test and Bonferroni's multiple comparison post test was used. * P<0.05, ** P<0.01 and ***P<0.001 were considered significant. (4.77 MB TIF)
    Full-text Dataset · Apr 2010
  • Source
    Dataset: Figure S2
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Humoral response and complement deposition analysis of rejecting and tolerant mice. Immunohistology for humoral immune responses to concordant islet xenografts in untreated C57BL/6 mice and in combination therapy (MR1+RAPA) treated mice at 200 days post transplantation. Sections were stained by anti-mouse IgG (A/D), IgM (B/E) and complement (C3, C/F). A humoral response was detected at rejection with the presence of IgG (A), IgM (B), and C3 (C), whereas neither immunoglobulin (IgG, D, and IgM, E,) nor complement deposition (F) was observed in tolerant grafts. (Magnification IgG (100x), IgM (100x), C3 (100x)). (6.70 MB TIF)
    Full-text Dataset · Apr 2010
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent advances in the treatment of early breast cancer have improved clinical outcomes and prolonged survival, especially in women with endocrine-responsive disease. However, cancer therapies including cytotoxic chemotherapy, ovarian suppression, and aromatase inhibitors can drastically reduce circulating estrogen, increasing bone loss and fracture risk. Because most women with early breast cancer will live for many years, it is important to protect bone health during cancer therapy. Several recent clinical trials combining adjuvant endocrine therapy with bisphosphonates have demonstrated efficacy for preventing cancer treatment-induced bone loss in pre- and postmenopausal women with early breast cancer. The largest body of evidence supporting the use of adjuvant bisphosphonates comes from studies with zoledronic acid; however, studies with risedronate, ibandronate, and denosumab (a biologic agent) have also demonstrated efficacy for preventing bone loss. Adding zoledronic acid to endocrine therapy prevents bone loss and improves bone mineral density (BMD). In addition, preclinical studies suggest that bisphosphonates have direct and indirect antitumor activity, such as inducing tumor cell apoptosis, reducing tumor cell adhesion and invasion, reducing angiogenesis, activating immune responses, and synergy with chemotherapy agents, among others. Clinical trials have demonstrated significantly improved disease-free survival in patients receiving adjuvant endocrine therapy plus zoledronic acid compared with endocrine therapy alone. Ongoing studies will further define the role of adjuvant bisphosphonates in maintaining bone health and improving clinical outcomes. The available evidence suggests that pre- and postmenopausal patients may receive clinical benefit from including bisphosphonates as part of their adjuvant treatment regimen for endocrine-responsive early breast cancer.
    Full-text Article · Nov 2009 · rapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology, The
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The following position paper summarizes the recommendations for early clinical trials and ongoing basic research in the field of mesenchymal stem cell-induced solid organ graft acceptance--agreed upon on the first meeting of the Mesenchymal Stem Cells In Solid Organ Transplantation (MISOT) study group in late 2008.
    Full-text Article · Oct 2009 · Transplantation
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Endocrine therapy has become a key part in the adjuvant treatment of hormone responsive breast cancer. The positive effect on relapse risk reduction is well defined, but therapy is not free from bothersome side effects for which estrogen deprivation accounts to a great extent. Since endocrine therapy is usually prescribed for 5 years or longer to optimally display its protective effect, and because physical strain is missing, good tolerability and safety properties are important, particularly in low-risk patients. While tamoxifen has been the standard adjuvant endocrine treatment with well documented efficiency, it is increasingly replaced by third generation aromatase inhibitors due to their better effectiveness and tolerability. Because tamoxifen holds a risk for life-threatening adverse events such as endometrial cancer, pulmonary embolism, and stroke, its recommended duration of therapy is limited to 5 years, also because extension beyond that time did not produce a measurable advantage. While some side effects are present both with tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors, differences in side effect profiles are well established. Although side effects of aromatase inhibitor-related therapy usually are mild and common to symptoms of menopause, misconception of the symptoms and their mechanism of action, as well as lack of knowledge about how to handle them, can easily lead to dangerous discontinuation of therapy.
    Full-text Article · Jun 2009 · Breast Care
  • Article · Mar 2009 · Swiss medical weekly: official journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Pneumology
  • Source
    Z Koporc · N Pilat · P Nierlich · [...] · T Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) under costimulation blockade allows induction of mixed chimerism and tolerance without global T-cell depletion (TCD). The mildest such protocols without recipient cytoreduction, however, require clinically impracticable bone marrow (BM) doses. The successful use of mobilized peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) instead of BM in such regimens would provide a substantial advance, allowing transplantation of higher doses of hematopoietic donor cells. We thus transplanted fully allogeneic murine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) mobilized PBSC under costimulation blockade (anti-CD40L and CTLA4Ig). Unexpectedly, PBSC did not engraft, even when very high cell doses together with nonmyeloablative total body irradiation (TBI) were used. We show that, paradoxically, T cells contained in the donor PBSC triggered rejection of the transplanted donor cells. Rejection of donor BM was also triggered by the cotransplantation of unmanipulated donor T cells isolated from naïve (nonmobilized) donors. Donor-specific transfusion and transient immunosuppression prevented PBSC-triggered rejection and mixed chimerism and tolerance were achieved, but graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) occurred. The combination of in vivo TCD with costimulation blockade prevented rejection and GVHD. Thus, if allogeneic PBSC are transplanted instead of BM, costimulation blockade alone does not induce chimerism and tolerance without unacceptable GVHD-toxicity, and the addition of TCD is required for success.
    Full-text Article · Nov 2008 · American Journal of Transplantation
  • Source
    Ines Pree · Sinda Bigenzahn · Dietmar Fuchs · [...] · Thomas Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) under costimulation blockade induces mixed chimerism and tolerance in rodent models. Recent data, predominantly from in vitro studies, suggest that in addition to blocking the CD28 costimulation pathway CTLA4Ig also acts through upregulating the tryptophan-catabolizing enzyme indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO). Here we demonstrate that even though CTLA4Ig is critically required for the induction of chimerism and tolerance in a murine model of nonmyeloablative BMT, IDO activity is not. No significant differences were detectable in the kynurenine to tryptophan ratios (indicative of IDO activity) in sera of BMT recipients treated with CTLA4Ig (tolerant group) versus BMT recipients treated without CTLA4Ig (nontolerant group) versus naïve controls. In vivo inhibition of IDO immediately after BMT with CTLA4Ig or several months thereafter did not block achievement of chimerism and tolerance. Thus, IDO does not play a critical role in the induction or maintenance of chimerism and tolerance in a CTLA4Ig-based BMT model.
    Full-text Article · Apr 2007 · Transplantation
  • Source
    Birgit Linhart · Sinda Bigenzahn · Arnulf Hartl · [...] · Thomas Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Type I allergy is characterized by the development of an initial Th2-dependent allergen-specific IgE response, which is boosted upon a subsequent allergen encounter. Although the immediate symptoms of allergy are mainly IgE-mediated, allergen-specific T cell responses contribute to the late phase as well as to the chronic manifestations of allergy. This study investigates the potential of costimulation blockade with CTLA4Ig and an anti-CD154 mAb for modifying the allergic immune response to the major timothy grass pollen allergen Phl p 5 in a mouse model. BALB/c mice were treated with the costimulation blockers at the time of primary sensitization to the Phl p 5 allergen or at the time of a secondary allergen challenge. Costimulation blockade (CTLA4Ig plus anti-CD154 or anti-CD154 alone) at the time of sensitization prevented the development of allergen-specific IgE, IgM, IgG, and IgA responses compared with untreated but sensitized mice. However, costimulation blockade had no influence on established IgE responses in sensitized mice. Immediate-type reactions as analyzed by a rat basophil leukemia cell mediator release assay were only suppressed by early treatment but not by a costimulation blockade after sensitization. CTLA4Ig given alone failed to suppress both the primary and the secondary allergen-specific Ab responses. Allergen-specific T cell activation was suppressed in mice by early as well as by a late costimulation blockade, suggesting that IgE responses in sensitized mice are independent of T cell help. Our results indicate that T cell suppression alone without active immune regulation or a shifting of the Th2/Th1 balance is not sufficient for the treatment of established IgE responses in an allergy.
    Full-text Article · Apr 2007 · The Journal of Immunology
  • Source
    Zvonimir Koporc · Sinda Bigenzahn · Peter Blaha · [...] · Thomas Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Clinical translation of the mixed-chimerism approach for inducing transplantation tolerance would be facilitated if mobilized peripheral blood stem cells (mPBSCs) could be used instead of bone marrow cells (BMCs). Because the use of mPBSCs for this purpose has not been investigated in nonmyeloablative murine protocols, we explored the engraftment potential of mPBSCs in a CD45-congenic model as a first step. After 2, 1.5, or 1 Gy of total body irradiation, CD45.1 B6 hosts received unseparated granulocyte colony-stimulating factor-mobilized CD45.2 B6 PBSCs or unseparated CD45.2 B6 BMCs. The same total cell numbers, or aliquots of mPBSCs and BMCs containing similar numbers of c-kit+ cells, were transplanted both with and without a short course of rapamycin-based immunosuppression (IS). Transplantation of mPBSCs induced long-term multilineage macrochimerism, but chimerism levels were significantly lower than among recipients of the same number of BMCs. Transplanting aliquots containing similar numbers of c-kit+ cells reduced the difference between mPBSCs and BMCs, but lower levels of chimerism were nonetheless observed in mPBSC recipients. Chimerism levels correlated more closely with the number of transplanted progenitor cells as determined by colony-forming unit assays. IS did not affect chimerism levels, indicating that the donor CD45 isoform or other minor disparities do not pose a major barrier to engraftment. Our findings indicate that under nonmyeloablative conditions, progenitor cells contained in mPBSCs have an engraftment capacity similar to progenitor cells from BMCs, allowing induction of lasting mixed chimerism with moderate cell numbers. On a cell-per-cell basis, unseparated BMCs have some advantages that may be minimized if the number of progenitor cells is equalized. These results are expected to facilitate the development of mPBSC-based allogeneic tolerance protocols.
    Full-text Article · Apr 2006 · Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • G Mai · A Andres · P Morel · [...] · L Buhler
    Conference Paper · Sep 2005
  • Source
    Sinda Bigenzahn · Peter Blaha · Zvonimir Koporc · [...] · Thomas Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Peripheral and central clonal deletion are important tolerance mechanisms in models using bone marrow transplantation (BMT) with costimulation blockade (CB). However, since tolerance can be found before peripheral deletion is complete and since elimination of recipient CD4(+) cells at the time of BMT prevents tolerance induction, we investigated the potential roles of regulation and anergy in such a murine model. We found that transient elimination of CD25(+) cells or neutralization of IL2 immediately after BMT and CB prevented the induction of skin graft tolerance. Cotransfer into SCID mice of CD4(+) cells taken from chimeras early after BMT, together with naive recipient-type CD4(+) cells significantly prolonged donor skin graft survival. In contrast, cotransfer of CD4(+) cells harvested from chimeras late after BMT did not prolong donor skin graft survival. Besides, depletion of CD25(+) cells in established chimeras several months post-BMT did not break tolerance. In vivo administration of recombinant IL2 inhibited chimerism and tolerance neither early nor late post-BMT, arguing against a decisive role for classical anergy. Thus, CD4 cell-mediated regulation contributes significantly to tolerance induction early after BMT, but appears to have no critical role in the maintenance of tolerance.
    Full-text Article · Jul 2005 · American Journal of Transplantation
  • Peter Blaha · Sinda Bigenzahn · Zvonimir Koporc · [...] · Thomas Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Induction of mixed chimerism and tolerance usually requires cytoreduction or transplantation of high numbers of bone marrow cells (BMC). However, such protocols have only a suboptimal success rate and, more importantly, equivalent numbers of BMC cannot be routinely obtained in the clinical setting. The authors therefore evaluated whether a short-course of immunosuppression (IS) given in addition to co-stimulation blockade would facilitate chimerism induction and allow reduction of the minimally required number of BMC without cytoreduction. B6 mice received 200, 100, or 50 x 10 unseparated BMC from Balb/c donors plus an anti-CD40L monoclonal antibody (mAb) and CTLA4Ig (without irradiation or cytotoxic drugs). Some groups were treated additionally with IS (rapamycin, methylprednisolone, and mycophenolate mofetil for 4 weeks after bone marrow transplantation), donor-specific transfusion (DST), or anti-OX40L mAb, as indicated. IS led to long-term multilineage chimerism in 9 of 10 mice receiving 200 x 10 BMC (without IS, 1 of 4; P<0.05), in all mice (n=10) receiving 100 x 10 (without IS, 6 of 9; P<0.05), and notably in 9 of 10 mice treated with 50 x 10 BMC (without IS, 4 of 10; P<0.05). With transient IS, donor skin grafts were accepted longer than 170 days in 9 of 10 mice receiving 200 x 10 (without IS, 0 of 5 mice; P<0.05), all mice receiving 100 x 10 (without IS, 6 of 9; P<0.05), and 6 of 11 mice receiving 50 x 10 BMC (without IS, 4 of 10). The use of DST or anti-OX40L mAb had no beneficial effect. Transient IS significantly improves rates of chimerism and donor skin graft survival, and allows lasting mixed chimerism after transplantation of only 50 x 10 BMC. Thus, IS might help in the further development of noncytoreductive chimerism protocols.
    Article · Jul 2005 · Transplantation
  • S Bigenzahn · I Pree · P Nierlich · [...] · T Wekerle
    Conference Paper · May 2005
  • Andreas Heitger · Peter Blaha · Sinda Bigenzahn · [...] · Thomas Wekerle
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose of review: The transplantation of donor hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) is an attractive strategy for inducing transplantation tolerance. The clinical application of conventional HSC transplantation (HSCT) protocols in organ transplantation, however, has so far been prevented by unacceptable toxicities. In experimental HSC-based tolerance models immunosuppressive drugs have been explored mainly for two reasons: firstly, to find a compatible regimen of conventional immunosuppressive drugs whose transient use would be required as safety net when tolerance strategies are first tested in the clinical setting; and secondly, to allow tolerance induction with milder conditioning regimens through the temporary administration of immunosuppression. In this review, we briefly summarize the current experience with immunosuppressive drugs in cell-based tolerance regimens. Recent findings: Immunosuppressive drugs have been routinely used for a long time in clinical HSCT performed for hematological indications. Several cyclosporine (CyA)-based drug regimens have been shown to reduce the incidence and/or severity of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). Little is known from clinical data, however, about a possible impact of these drugs on engraftment or tolerance. In experimental bone marrow transplantation (BMT) protocols involving global recipient T cell depletion, temporary treatment with cyclosporine (CyA) has been investigated and was found to be not detrimental. CyA can indeed be necessary for tolerance induction in such systems. In contrast, in some, but not all experimental models of BMT involving costimulation blockade (CB), calcineurin-inhibitors displayed a tolerance-abrogating effect. Rapamycin proved beneficial in such models, allowing mixed chimerism and tolerance to be induced with reduced recipient conditioning. Summary: Distinct immunosuppressive drugs can either promote or prevent tolerance after HSC transplantation, depending on the details of the regimen. These effects should be considered when clinical translation of a particular protocol is considered.
    Article · Aug 2004 · Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
  • Z Koporc · S Bigenzahn · P Blaha · [...] · T Wekerle
    Article · Jul 2004 · Transplantation