Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 148–153 | Cite as

HLA-G inhibits xenogenetic cytotoxicity mediated by human NK cells and T lymphocytes against PECs

  • Bin Shi
  • Huijun Yin
  • Xiuying Huang
  • Fangzhen Sun


In order to investigate whether the non-classical HLA-G class I molecule protects the porcine endothelial cells (PECs) from the lysis mediated by human immune cells in pig to human discordant xenotransplantation, we have cloned HLA-G cDNA from a human placenta by RT-PCR. Mammalian expression vector, pEFG-neo, was constructed by insertion of HLA-G cDNA in pEF-neo. We obtained efficiently expressed PECs by stable transfection. Cytotoxicity assay showed that overexpression of HLA-G on PECs was sufficient to inhibit human NK-92 cell lysis. The level of lysis was equal to or less than that of the lysis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells mediated by human NK-92 cells. It also indicated that HLA-G inhibited the lysis of PECs mediated by xeno-antigen specific T lymphocytes. The reduction of lysis ranged between 59.1% and 88.9%. These findings suggest that the transgenic approach to overexpress HLA-G is believed to be a new immunotherapy in overcoming the immune rejections in xenotransplantion, including delayed xenograft rejection and cell-mediated rejection.


HLA-G xenotrasplantation immune rejection gene overexpression cytotoxicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bin Shi
    • 1
  • Huijun Yin
    • 1
  • Xiuying Huang
    • 1
  • Fangzhen Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Genetics and Developmental BiologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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