Immune response to murine cell lines of glial origin transplanted into the central nervous system of adult mice

L A Terry, E J Usherwood, S Lees, Neil Macintyre, A A Nash

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Temperature-sensitive simian virus 40 (SV40) T antigen-transformed central nervous system (CNS)-derived murine cell lines were used to analyse the host response to transplantation in the mouse adult brain. The cell lines were shown to be susceptible to immune recognition in vitro by cytotoxic effector cells indicating that tissue-specific privilege was not in operation. Histological examination at time points post-implantation showed characteristic responses similar to those seen during graft rejection. Astrocytosis and up-regulation of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and MHC class II activation of resident microglia and recruitment of macrophages were observed in both allogeneic and syngeneic hosts 10 days post-implantation suggesting a trauma-induced response. However, the response in allogeneic hosts was more widespread and evident when the syngeneic responses had returned to normal levels. Evidence of T-cell infiltration was also more pronounced in the allogeneic hosts. Despite quite extensive host reactions to these cellular grafts at early time-points the implants appeared to survive in the host CNS long after the responses had abated and could be detected at the maximum time-point studied of 40 days.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-43
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997


  • Animals
  • Brain Tissue Transplantation
  • Cell Line, Transformed
  • Clone Cells
  • Cytotoxicity, Immunologic
  • Graft Survival
  • Histocompatibility Antigens Class I
  • Histocompatibility Antigens Class II
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Neuroglia
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic
  • Temperature


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