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Abstract: SA-OR088

CyTOF Analysis Identifies Antibody-Secreting and Memory B Cells >1 Year Prior to Antibody-Mediated Rejection (AMR) Development in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients

Session Information

Category: Transplantation

  • 1801 Transplantation: Basic


  • Fischman, Clara, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States
  • Fribourg, Miguel, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States
  • Ginevri, Fabrizio, IRCCS G Gaslini, Genoa, Italy
  • Comoli, Patrizia, IRCCS G Gaslini, Genoa, Italy
  • Cioni, Michela, IRCCS G Gaslini, Genoa, Italy
  • Nocera, Arcangelo, IRCCS G Gaslini, Genoa, Italy
  • Cantarelli, Chiara, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, United States
  • Perin, Laura, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Cravedi, Paolo, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States

Development of anti-HLA donor specific antibodies (DSA) is associated with antibody mediated rejection (AMR) and reduced graft survival. Changes in circulating T and B cells before AMR development have not been investigated systematically.


We used time-of-flight mass cytometry (CyTOF) to comprehensively characterize T and B cells in prospectively collected PBMC from 10 pediatric kidney transplant recipients who developed DSA and 11 matched controls who did not develop DSA. PBMC were obtained at 2 months post-transplant, 3 months prior to DSA development, and at DSA detection (PBMC from controls were collected at the same time-points).


DSA+ and DSA- patients had similar baseline characteristics and comparable T cell frequencies across the different time-points. Patients who developed DSA had significantly more B cells with an antibody-secreting phenotype (CD27+CD38+) compared to DSA- controls 3 months prior to DSA detection (p=0.01; Figure 1A,B). Within DSA+ patients, only those that developed AMR (n=5; 18±3.6 months post-DSA detection) had increased B cells with a memory phenotype (CD27+CD95+IgD-) at the time of DSA detection (p=0.009; Figure 1A,C). There was no difference in DSA titers between patients who developed AMR and those who did not (13,687±4,159 vs. 11,375±1,894 MFI, respectively; p=0.63).


Our extensive phenotypic analysis by CyTOF showed that, while circulating T cells do not differ between patients with or without DSA, antibody-secreting and memory B cells are detectable prior to the development of DSA and AMR, offering a potential target for this serious condition.


  • NIDDK Support