Promotion of murine marrow alloengraftment and hematopoietic recovery across the major histocompatibility barrier by administration of recombinant human interleukin-1α

B. R. Blazar, M. B. Widmer, P. A. Taylor, D. A. Vallera

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Abstract

Irradiated C57BL/6 (H-2b) recipients of T-cell-depleted (TCD) BALB/c (H- 2(d)) bone marrow (BM) and recombinant interleukin-1α (IL-1α) (1 μg/d) had a significantly (P ≤ .006) higher 100-day actuarial survival rate, accelerated hematopoietic recovery, and higher levels of alloengraftment than a group of transplanted control mice treated identically, but given phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). To elucidate the mechanisms involved with IL-1α-induced promotion of alloengraftment and hematopoietic recovery, we performed sequential splenic FACS studies on transplanted mice and secondary transfer studies in syngeneic mice given IL-1α or PBS. Splenic phenotyping showed that recipients of IL-1α had a higher proportion of donor granulocytes (52% v 19%) as compared with PBS controls as early as 7 days after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). On day 11 post-BMT, recipients of IL-1α had a more than fourfold increase in splenocyte number, which included a higher percentage (90% v 59%) of donor cells, especially donor granulocytes (52% v 32%), and a sevenfold increase in donor T cells as compared with controls. Host T-cell numbers were not affected. Taken together, these data suggest that IL-1α stimulated bipotential (myeloid and lymphoid) donor cell engraftment. In a syngeneic BMT system, administration of IL-1α resulted in a higher incidence of survival when recipients were transplanted with BM cells, indicating that IL-1α administration probably either expanded or potentiated engraftment of a committed progenitor cell pool. Secondary transfer experiments using marrow from IL-1α-treated mice showed that the number of day 12 colony-forming unit-spleen (CFU-S) cells was unaltered compared with untreated control mice, suggesting that more primitive, albeit committed, hematopoietic progenitor cells were not affected. We also examined the potential additive effects of IL-1α and granulocyte-macrophage colony- stimulating factor (GM-CSF) administered in combination (for 14 days). Mice receiving a suboptimal amount of IL-1α along with GM-CSF had significantly higher levels of donor alloengraftment (92%) with superior hematopoietic recovery, as compared with mice receiving either IL-1α (57%) or GM-CSF (18%) alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1614-1622
Number of pages9
JournalBlood
Volume80
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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