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Abstract: FR-OR122

Tissue Resident Memory T Cells in Mouse Renal Transplantation

Session Information

Category: Transplantation

  • 1901 Transplantation: Basic


  • Abou Daya, Khodor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Oberbarnscheidt, Martin H., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Lakkis, Fadi G., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

The newly identified tissue resident subset of memory T cells (TRM) provides immune surveillance in the tissue and first response against infections. They are functionally, transcriptionally, and phenotypically distinct from circulating effector and central memory T cells. The role of TRM in transplantation is unknown. In this study, we investigated the formation and function of TRM in a mouse kidney transplantation model.


Syngeneic B6 or allogeneic (B6xBALB/c) F1.ova kidneys were transplanted to B6 recipients and 1 million OT-I effector T cells were transferred on day 2. Graft, blood, bone marrow, SLO, and liver tissues were harvested 4 and 8 wks after transplantation. Serum creatinine was measured using i-Stat analyzer. TRM were identified phenotypically as CD44hiCD62LlowCD69+ CD103+/- cells after excluding in vivo labeled T cells. OT-I and polyclonal TRM were transcriptional characterized using scRNAseq. We tested TRM residency in the graft by performing parabiosis between 4-wk transplanted CD45.1 B6 mice that contained OT-I effectors and CD45.2 B6 parabionts that had received F1.ova kidneys but no OT-I. Whether TRM are sufficient for rejection was tested in a re-transplantation model using splenectomized LTBR-/- mice as secondary recipients of F1.ova grafts containing TRM. Depletion experiments are underway to further establish causal relationship between TRM and rejection.


Mean serum creatinine (mg/dl) was significantly higher in allogeneic vs syngeneic group at wk 8 (0.8 vs 0.2, p<0.05). Graft histology showed mixed acute and chronic rejection in the allogeneic group. Flow analysis of allograft cells demonstrated TRM cells among OT-I and endogenous T cell populations at 4 & 8 wks. The OT-I population was exclusively TRM phenotype by flow and scRNAseq, rapidly produced IFNg upon re-stimulation, and was not detected anywhere else. There was no significant difference in mean number of OT-Is between wk 4 and wk 8 (125k vs 79k, p=0.94). OT-I T cells could not be detected in the parabiont kidney graft or tissues or in the secondary host outside the re-transplanted kidney, indicating that the TRM are indeed resident in the graft and do not re-circulate. Chronic rejection progressed in re-transplanted kidneys that harbored TRM.


Our findings show that donor-specific TRM form in kidney allografts, are functional, and could contribute to rejection.


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