BACKGROUND-: Ligands activating the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) have antiinflammatory effects. Vascular rejection induced by allogeneic T cells can be responsible for acute and chronic graft loss. Studies in rodents suggest that PPARγ agonists may inhibit graft vascular rejection, but human T-cell responses to allogeneic vascular cells differ from those in rodents, and the effects of PPARγ in human transplantation are unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS-: We tested the effects of PPARγ agonists on human vascular graft rejection using a model in which human artery is interposed into the abdominal aorta of immunodeficient mice, followed by adoptive transfer of allogeneic (to the artery donor) human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Interferon-γ-dependent rejection ensues within 4 weeks, characterized by intimal thickening, T-cell infiltrates, and vascular cell activation, a response resembling clinical intimal arteritis. The PPARγ agonists 15-deoxy-prostaglandin-J2, ciglitazone, and pioglitazone reduced intimal expansion, intimal infiltration of CD45RO memory T cells, and plasma levels of inflammatory cytokines. The PPARγ antagonist GW9662 reversed the protective effects of PPARγ agonists, confirming the involvement of PPARγ-mediated pathways. In vitro, pioglitazone inhibited both alloantigen-induced proliferation and superantigen-induced transendothelial migration of memory T cells, indicating the potential mechanisms of PPARγ effects. CONCLUSION-: Our results suggest that PPARγ agonists inhibit allogeneic human memory T cell responses and may be useful for the treatment of vascular graft rejection.
- vascular diseases
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)