Angiogenesis in the huPBL-SCID model of human transplant rejection

Karen S. Moulton, Robert J. Melder, Vikas R. Dharnidharka, Janet Hardin-Young, Rakesh K. Jain, David M. Briscoe

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Background. Angiogenesis is characteristic of chronic inflammatory reactions. The process of angiogenesis is reported to be proinflammatory in part due to enhanced adhesion events and in part due to increased perfusion and permeability to sites of inflammation. However, little is known about the association between angiogenesis and rejection. Methods. Severe combined immune deficient mice and permissive for the growth of human skin allografts and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Human PBMC were injected into mice by intravenous or intraperitoneal injection. The infiltration of cells and the associated angiogenesis reactions in the skin allografts were analyzed temporally by videomicroscopy and spatially by immunohistochemistry. Results. Human alloreactive mononuclear cells migrated to human skin but not mouse skin within hours after the intravenous infusion of PBMC. Within 3 days, areas of angiogenesis were observed in the skin grafts at the sites of infiltrates. The vessel densities in skin grafts were 24±6 vessels per calibrated grid at base-line on the day of the infusion and increased to 55±16 vessels per calibrated field by day 10. Skin grafts harvested from humanized severe combined immune deficient mice 7-14 days after the intraperitoneal infusion of human PBMC showed a similar increased density of vessels that were spatially associated with mononuclear cell infiltrates. Conclusions. A significant angiogenesis response was associated with the cell infiltrates in the human skin allografts. The onset of angiogenesis appeared after the initial development of localized infiltrates and preceded the development of microvascular destruction. These findings suggest that alloreactive T cells and/or monocytes mediate the angiogenesis response in skin allografts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1626-1631
Number of pages6
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 27 1999


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