Evidence that therapeutic strategies targeted at CD4+ cells modulate accelerated rejection of cardiac allografts in sensitized rats by different mechanisms.


(LEW x BN)F1 cardiac allografts are rejected within 36 hr in LEW rats presensitized with BN skin grafts 7 days earlier (acute rejection occurs within 8 days). We have previously described the effects of individual CD4 (BWH-4), CD25 (IL-2R, ART-18) mAbs, and CsA therapeutic regimens upon cardiac allograft survival in sensitized hosts. The present studies… (More)