Allospecific CD154+ T Cells Associate with Rejection Risk After Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Published on Oct 31, 2008in American Journal of Transplantation7.163
· DOI :10.1111/j.1600-6143.2008.02459.x
Antigen-specific T-cells, which express CD154 rapidly, but remain untested in alloimmunity, were measured with flow cytometry in 16-hour MLR of 58 identically-immunosuppressed children with liver transplantation (LTx), to identify Rejectors (who had experienced biopsyproven rejection within 60 days post-transplantation). Thirty one children were sampled once, cross-sectionally. Twenty seven children were sampled longitudinally, pre-LTx, and at 1–60 and 61–200 days after LTx. Results were correlated with proliferative alloresponses measured by CFSE-dye dilution (n=23), and CTLA4, a negative T-cell costimulator, which antagonizes CD154-mediated effects (n=31). In cross-sectional observations, logistic regression and leave-oneout cross-validation identified donor-specific, CD154+T-cytotoxic (Tc)-memory cells as best associated with rejection outcomes. In the longitudinal cohort, 1) the association between CD154+Tc-memory cells and rejection outcomes was replicated with sensitivity/specificity 92.3%/84.6% for observations at 1–60 days, and 2) elevated pre-LTx CD154+Tc-memory cell responses were associated with significantly increased incidence (p=0.02) and hazard (HR=7.355) of rejection in survival/proportional hazard analysis. CD154 expression correlated with proliferative alloresponses (r=0.835, p=7.1e-07), and inversely with CTLA4 expression of allospecific CD154+Tc-memory cells (r=−0.706, p=3.0e-05). Allospecific CD154+T-helpermemory cells, not CD154+Tc-memory, were inhibited by increasing Tacrolimus concentrations (p=0.026). Collectively, allospecific CD154+T-cells provide an estimate of rejection risk in children with LTx.