- Open Access
Gene expression profiling in acute allograft rejection: challenging the immunologic constant of rejection hypothesis
Journal of Translational Medicine volume 9, Article number: 174 (2011)
In humans, the role and relationship between molecular pathways that lead to tissue destruction during acute allograft rejection are not fully understood. Based on studies conducted in humans, we recently hypothesized that different immune-mediated tissue destruction processes (i.e. cancer, infection, autoimmunity) share common convergent final mechanisms. We called this phenomenon the "Immunologic Constant of Rejection (ICR)." The elements of the ICR include molecular pathways that are consistently described through different immune-mediated tissue destruction processes and demonstrate the activation of interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs), the recruitment of cytotoxic immune cells (primarily through CXCR3/CCR5 ligand pathways), and the activation of immune effector function genes (IEF genes; granzymes A/B, perforin, etc.).
Here, we challenge the ICR hypothesis by using a meta-analytical approach and systematically reviewing microarray studies evaluating gene expression on tissue biopsies during acute allograft rejection. We found the pillars of the ICR consistently present among the studies reviewed, despite implicit heterogeneity.
Additionally, we provide a descriptive mechanistic overview of acute allograft rejection by describing those molecular pathways most frequently encountered and thereby thought to be most significant. The biological role of the following molecular pathways is described: IFN-γ, CXCR3/CCR5 ligand, IEF genes, TNF-α, IL-10, IRF-1/STAT-1, and complement pathways. The role of NK cell, B cell and T-regulatory cell signatures are also addressed.
Defining the interplay between molecular pathways within highly complex biological systems, such as those between immune cell networks and target tissues, is certainly a daunting task. The advent of high-throughput gene expression technology has served as an extremely useful tool to enable investigators to characterize biological events taking place within humans, reducing the inherent bias often generated by testing specific but restricted hypotheses derived from animal models. Previously, we applied this approach to profiling tumor lesions in humans, before and after immunotherapy, to identify molecular pathways activated during immune-mediated tumor rejection. These pathways illustrate a process characterized by the coordinated activation of interferon stimulated genes (ISGs), the recruitment of cytotoxic cells through the massive production of specific chemokine ligands, and the activation of immune effector function (IEF) genes (genes expressed by NK cells and CD8 T cells upon activation) [1–4]. Similar pathways have been described among other immune-mediated tissue destruction processes such as those occurring during autoimmunity, graft versus host disease (GVHD), infection clearance, acute cardiovascular events, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and placental villitis [5–10]. These observations suggest that these distinct tissue destruction processes share common final immune-mediated molecular mechanisms. We termed this phenomenon as the "Immunologic Constant of Rejection (ICR) ." The molecular constants shared among these different tissue destruction processes include the coordinated activation of the following pathways: I) STAT-1/IRF-1/T-bet/IFN-γ/IL-15 pathway; II) CXCR3 ligand chemokine pathway (CXCL9, -10, -11) III) CCR5 ligand chemokine pathway (CCL3, -4, -5) and IV) TIA-1 pathway/granzyme A/B/granulysin/perforin pathway [3, 4].
Over the past decade gene expression microarrays have been employed to study allograft rejection in humans. The intrinsic heterogeneity among different investigators in terms of patient selection, microarray platforms, gene coverage, statistical analysis, sample collection and study design makes cross-comparison between different studies very challenging. Furthermore, since microarray profiling is a relatively new technology, it has continued to evolve in sophistication and has only recently become standardized [11, 12]. For this reason we believe that despite the non-uniformity among studies, genes that are consistently reported across different studies and in different organs command attention. In this review we challenge the concept of the ICR by examining multiple studies to evaluate the presence of the "constants of rejection." We tested the ICR hypothesis by describing the most frequently reported immune pathways activated during acute allograft rejection in humans as reported by publications using microarray technologies. Biological explanations for relevant pathways are provided based on pertinent literature.
Data Extraction Criteria
In this review we focused on high-throughput gene expression profiling studies which sought to characterize the molecular features of acute allograft rejection. Accordingly, we searched various combinations of the following MeSH terms/keywords in PubMed: "gene expression, " "acute, " "allograft, " "rejection, " and "microarray." Searches were performed independently by two investigators. Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and reference lists of original articles and review articles also served as additional search methods. Microarray studies providing original data and performed on human tissue biopsies during established acute allograft rejection were selected and evaluated [13–46]). Studies analyzing gene expression profiles of peripheral blood mononuclear cells and urine sediments during acute rejection will not be considered here, despite their potential utility as non-invasive diagnostic/predictive tools [47–51].
The compiled list of key genes in this review came from those reported as upregulated in the original publications, most of which were predominantly immune-related and are reported in Table 1. In total, 15 unique datasets met the search criteria, and comprise Tables 1 and 2. Of these datasets, four comparative analyses were among those selected for inclusion. Of note, all of the studies contained original data from de novo investigation.
The Ingenuity Systems Pathway Analysis (IPA) http://www.ingenuity.com and MetaCore http://www.genego.com were used to illustrate the relationships among the compiled list of key genes. Additional detail regarding the data extraction is provided in Additional File 1.
Overview of microarray studies
Considering the heterogeneity among the selected studies in terms of platform used, purpose, design, and interpretation (see also Table 2), a quantitative approach was not feasible, making this review qualitative in nature. The diversity of the clinical setting (pediatric or adult patients; heart, lung, liver or kidney transplants) also added complexity to this analysis. The purposes of the original studies included here ranged between class discovery, class comparison, and/or class prediction. Different methods (summarized in Table 2) were used by different investigators to provide a list of genes modulated during acute allograft rejection. Not surprisingly, little overlap exists among studies with respect to specific 'genes' described as upregulated during acute rejection, yet, we found a striking consistency in terms of pathway overrepresentation suggesting that each individual study identified different pieces of the same puzzle.
It should be noted that these studies lacked the use of micro/macro-dissection which prohibited identification of the cellular source of the transcripts differentially expressed during acute rejection. It is logical to think that analysis of RNA from the whole tissue samples could influence gene expression patterns. With this in mind, Sarwal et al. , investigated if the molecular changes observed during allograft rejection could have been related to the differential sampling of cortical and medullary kidney sections. For this analysis the authors excluded the genes whose expression was shown to be correlated with the depth of biopsy in a previous investigation. The introduction of this filter did not significantly change the results. In another study involving kidney recipients, Rodder et al.  performed qRT-PCR on isolated glomeruli, and on proximal and distal tubules. Although qRT-PCR of targets genes (metzincins and related genes) revealed some differences between glomeruli and tubules, it confirmed, overall, the differences between acute rejection and normal samples detected by microarray analysis.
The Immunologic Constant of Rejection pathways in acute allograft rejection
After reviewing the literature, we found that pathways involved in the ICR hypothesis are frequently activated during acute allograft rejection across studies conducted by different investigators in different organs (see Table 1). Figure 1 provides a visualization of the relationships among the key genes described. Here, we attempt to illustrate the hypothetical role of these pathways during acute allograft rejection.
IFN-γ is a pleiotropic cytokine that plays a role in the modulation of many aspects of the immune response. Studies conducted involving IFN-γ -/- mice suggest that this cytokine, in addition to its pro-inflammatory functions, might be important for graft acceptance, preventing early graft necrosis, and maintaining microvascular viability [52, 53]. However, the molecular mechanisms through which IFN-γ exerts its anti-inflammatory action during the early phases of the engraftment are unclear. On the other hand, this interferon is considered a central cytokine in sustaining inflammation during allograft rejection both in humans and in murine models.
IFN-γ is predominantly produced by NK cells as part of the innate immune response, and by CD4 T helper 1 cells (Th1) and CD8 cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) as a part of the adaptive immune response once antigen-specific immunity develops [54, 55]. Its overexpression has also been observed in acute allograft rejection in several human studies where RT-PCR was applied [17, 56–58]. Microarray studies have not only enabled the detection of the expression of the IFN-γ gene itself, but also the detection of its downstream effects (IFN-γ stimulated genes) [15, 17, 21–24, 59]. Figure 1A represents the first network generated by IPA after analysis of the compiled list of key immune-related genes (Table 1), with IFN-γ serving as the hub of this important network. Detection of IFN-γ stimulated genes alone is not sufficient to discriminate its effect from the effects of other cytokines, such as IFN-α, which can also activate many of the IFN-γ stimulated genes [60, 61]. However, the prevalence of IFN-γ versus IFN-α transcripts in addition to the activation of pathways that specifically enhance the INF-γ loop (e.g. TNF-α, CCR5, and CXCR3) implicate IFN-γ as a driver gene involved in sustaining acute allograft rejection [22, 24, 26, 31, 59, 62]. Although some functions have been described for individual IFN-γ stimulated genes, the overall orchestration is not completely understood. A partial description of the relationship among IFN-γ stimulated genes detected in microarray studies is illustrated in Figure 1A.
Primarily through interferon regulatory factor 1 (IRF-1), IFN-γ upregulates both MHC class I and II, by increasing the expression of antigen peptide transporters TAP1-2, or class II transactivator CIITA, for example [54, 63, 64]. Indeed, IFN-γ promotes the differentiation of naïve CD4 T cells into Th1 cells which are, among the lineage of CD4 T cells (Th1, Th2, Th17 and T Reg), the only ones that produce a consistent amount of IFN-γ [55, 65]. IFN-γ in turn, and usually in synergy with tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), induces the expression of CXCR3 ligands [54, 66, 67] and CCR5 ligands .
CXCR3 and CCR5 ligand pathways
CXCR3 ligands (CXCL9, -10, -11) and CCR5 ligands (CCL3, -4, -5) are the chemokines most frequently upregulated during acute allograft rejection as described by human microarray studies [18, 21–27] and RT-PCR (See Table 1). The upregulation of the related receptors, CXCR3 and CCR5, has also been frequently described, though not as much specifically within microarray studies [17, 22, 24, 69–72]. Interestingly, high urinary CXCR3 ligand protein levels were detected in clinical trials in patients experiencing acute kidney rejection [48–51]. More recently, Chen et al.  described CXCL9 as a biomarker of acute rejection in a cross-organ microarray study evaluating pediatric renal, adult renal, and adult cardiac transplant patients. Additionally, CXCL9 proteins were also found to be elevated in serum. Indeed, the CCR5Δ32 polymorphism that encodes for a nonfunctional CCR5 receptor, conferred a greatly reduced risk for the development of acute rejection in kidney  and in liver transplantation .
The driving role of these two pathways in allograft rejection was suggested by in vivo murine models one decade ago [75–78]. The lack of host CCR5 was associated with a three-fold increase in allograft survival rate, but the targeting of any of the three main ligands using knockout mice or monoclonal antibodies had no effect on allograft survival . Similarly, lack of CXCR3 led to graft acceptance indefinitely  and in addition, a significant survival benefit has been observed in CXCL10 -/- recipients . This supposed non-redundant effect of CXCR3 that has been assumed correct for almost ten years, is currently object of debate . Recently, in fact, two independent studies reported that disruption or blockade of recipient CXCR3 had relatively little effect on rejection [81–83]. These observations, as well as the abundance of CXCR3 ligands present during acute allograft rejection, raise questions about the functional importance of CXCR3 during rejection and the possibility of alternative targets of CXCR3 ligands .
Upon antigen stimulation, the co-expression of CXCR3 and CCR5 is a marker of Th1 cell polarization, whereas CCR3, CCR4, CCR8, and CRTh2 are expressed by Th2 cells . The genes and gene pathways frequently overexpressed during acute allograft rejection are consistent with the predominance of Th1 cell polarization. Among CXCR3 and CCR5 ligands, CXCL9, -10 and CCL4, -5 were the most frequently reported chemokines associated with acute rejection in microarray studies [19, 21–24, 31] (see Table 1).
CCR5 and CXCR3 ligands can be secreted differentially by dendritic cells, activated macrophages and T cells, endothelial cells, and NK cells [69, 70, 84–87]. However, studies that define the cell-specific production of chemokines in allograft rejection in humans are scant. Consequently, evidence-based descriptions of cell-specific chemokine-mediated recruitment have not been well-defined in humans either.
Hoffmann et al.  described that a significant proportion of both CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells detected in human renal biopsies during rejection express CXCR3. It has also been speculated that CXCR3 may act as a decoy receptor by binding CCL11, preventing the recruitment of granulocytes via the CCL11/CCR3 binding interaction [80, 89]. This might explain why granulocytes are not classically found in acute cellular rejection. Furthermore, peripheral blood monocytes that are lower in CCR5 expression could be recruited through CCR1 that also binds CCL-3, -4, -5. In addition to Th1 and CTL cells, NK cells could also possibly be recruited through this pathway since they are all known to express CXCR3 and CCR5 receptors . However, NK cells are rarely present in allograft infiltrates and are especially rare in T-cell mediated rejection [39, 90].
Recruitment and activation of CCR5 and CXCR3 ligands can lead to increased production of IFN-γ, with a resultant amplification of the inflammatory stimuli and further release of chemoattractant molecules. Thus, in a concerted fashion, these molecules orchestrate the switch from innate to adaptive immunity, meanwhile sustaining and strengthening the innate cytotoxic mechanisms with a persistent "NK-like" response.
Finally, even though up to 25% of circulating B cells express CXCR3 [90–92], and can also produce CXCR3 ligands [87, 93], the recruitment of B cells through this mechanism during acute allograft rejection has not yet been defined in humans.
This complex cascade of cytokines and the coordinate activation of specific pathways so far described, leads to the activation of IEF genes (perforin, granzymes A/B, Fas/Fas ligand, and caspases) during the process of tissue destruction.
The release of granzymes, perforins, and granulysin and the interaction between the Fas/Fas ligand and caspase activation represent the major effector mechanisms of cell-mediated immunity . These IEF transcripts have been consistently described as being associated with acute allograft rejection using transcriptome analyses [17, 22, 23, 26].
By profiling PBMCs, Hidalgo et al.  found that cytotoxic molecular transcripts (i.e. granzyme B, Fas ligand, perforin) are commonly overexpressed in CTL CD4+ cells, CTL CD8+ cells, and NK cells. These observations highlight the existence of a common molecular cytotoxic "NK-like" effector mechanism that is shared among the different arms of the immune system, the classically distinct innate and adaptive immune arms. Taking this one step further, Mueller et al.  found that gene expression patterns of T-cell mediated rejection are surprisingly similar to the expression patterns found in antibody-mediated rejection. In particular, interferon-γ affected transcripts and IEF genes such as perforin, granzyme B, and Fas ligand were overexpressed in both of them. This observation suggests that effector T cells and antibodies lead to the activation of a common final pathway in tissue destruction and supports the proposed theory of the immunologic constant of rejection .
NK cell, B cell, and T-reg signatures
NK cells in murine skin and rat liver allografts are the immune cells responsible for early chemokine production of CCR5 and CXCR3 ligands (i.e., CCL3, CCL4, CXCL10) which are important in initiating and sustaining acute allograft rejection [95, 96]. Nevertheless, NK cells do not seem to be sufficient to reject solid organs directly since mice that have intact NK cell function but absent adaptive immunity (RAG-/- or SCID) are able to accept skin and cardiac graft transplants indefinitely [97–99]. However, the inability to reject the graft does not prove that innate cells (in this case NK cells) are unable to mediate tissue destruction. A possible explanation could be that, in these models, the lack of stimuli derived from a reciprocal feedback between innate and adaptive cells, does not allow triggering or sustaining a strong enough "NK-like" cytotoxic effector function.
Recently it has been observed that nude mice treated with oncolytic viruses can reject tumor xenografts . This rejection was associated with the activation of ISGs (both IFN-γ and IFN-α stimulated genes), upregulation of CXCR3 and CCR5 ligands, and activation of IEF genes (granzyme B, caspase 8). Since these mice lack T cells and secondarily lack B cell responses, this immune-mediated tissue destruction is thought to be induced by innate immune effectors such as NK cells and activated macrophages. This study suggests that, at least in this model, innate immunity can be an independent effector of tissue-specific destruction not requiring adaptive immunity. It is possible that the oncolytic virus used in this model primes the innate immune system in a manner that bypasses the need for the adaptive immune system interaction.
In humans, however, studies analyzing the individual contribution of innate immune cells in mediating the final step of the alloresponse are lacking. Although NK cells are present, they are only a minor component of allograft tissue infiltrates in acute rejection [98, 101, 102]. For this reason they are traditionally thought to exert only a marginal role. Therefore, the study conducted by Hidalgo et al.  was remarkably revealing. The investigators compared the gene expression profiles of antibody-mediated rejection in humans by analyzing the gene expression profiles in biopsies from patients with donor specific antibody. In these antibody-mediated rejection samples there was a strong expression of IFN-γ associated transcripts and NK cells. Immunohistochemical staining displayed more NK cells and macrophages in antibody-mediated rejection than in T-cell-mediated rejection. These findings suggest that the frequent observation of IEF gene upregulation not only during T cell mediated rejection but also during antibody mediated rejection could reflect the activation of common "NK-like" effector functions. Recently, tolerant patients have been found to have an expansion of NK cells and overexpression of NK transcripts in peripheral blood. These findings helped generate new hypotheses on the role of NK cells in balancing tolerance and mediating rejection .
B cell signature
The precise role that B cells play in acute allograft rejection is still being discovered. Recent high-throughput studies have exposed the multi-faceted role of B cells within allografts. With some evidence to suggest a significant role for B cells in mediating rejection, other evidence also suggests a role for B cells in tolerance. The B cell is an enigma and the details of its functions must be further elucidated.
In a breakthrough paper in 2003, Sarwal et al.  found an enrichment of B cell transcripts in pediatric renal biopsies experiencing acute rejection. This unexpected B-cell signature was also confirmed by immunohistochemistry. Although ectopic germinal center formation with B-cell activation and plasma cell activation can occur locally in chronically inflamed tissue [104, 105], the in situ presence of B cells was not historically reported in acute allograft rejection [22, 106, 107]. This CD20+ B cell infiltration was not associated with intra-graft C4d deposition (required by Banff criteria for diagnosis of acute antibody-mediated rejection)  or with the detection of donor-specific antibodies, indicating that it was not necessarily related to the presence of humoral response. The presence of such CD20+ dense clusters in a significant proportion of samples from patients diagnosed with acute allograft rejection would, thereafter, be confirmed by several independent studies [109–116], with incidence varying from 15% to 60% [38, 113, 116]. However, the correlation with poor outcome suggested by Sarwal et al.  was confirmed by some studies [112, 114, 115, 117] but not by others [38, 109–111, 113] and seemed more likely associated with late inflammation in allograft rejection . B cell transcripts have also been detected to be upregulated during acute rejection in lung and heart transplants (Table 1) [17, 25].
The subsequent lineage analysis revealed that CD27+ and chronically activated CD79+, CD20+ B cells expressed HLA antigens and were surrounded by CD4+ T cells. This suggests a putative role for these cells in antigen presentation, driving a T-cell dependent cellular rejection . Another cluster of B cells was represented by CD138+ mature plasma cells . Recently, studies conducted in heart transplantation models showed that a deficiency in B cell mediated antigen presentation leads to lack of CD4 T cell activation and alloantibody production . Other in vivo observations pointed to the possible pivotal role of B cells in the context of pathogen- [120, 121] or autoimmune-  induced T cell response. Interestingly, B cell infiltrates have been associated with favorable outcome in early breast cancer patients . However, in addition to functioning as antigen presenting cells, B cells may promote T cell mediated rejection by producing chemoattractant molecules such as CXCR3 ligands (CXCL9, -10, -11) .
Despite the elegant rationale behind the use of an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (rituximab) in transplantation, this treatment showed only partial efficacy when tested in randomized trials [124–126]. Although rituximab depletes CD20+ CD27- naïve and CD20+ CD27+ memory cells, it is not active on plasma cells that are CD20- and are thought to be implicated in the pathophysiology of acute antibody-mediated rejection. Additionally, two high-throughput studies evaluating several parameters in peripheral blood [103, 128] and urine  of patients with drug-free spontaneous renal allograft tolerance found an expansion of B-cells in peripheral blood, confirming a previous report . The particular phenotype of these B cells seems to be represented by an expression of memory activated B-cells and increased expression of inhibitory molecules . These observations could explain the increased rate of rejection reported in rituximab-treated patients in a recent randomized controlled trial that was forced to stop prematurely . With B-cells implicated in both rejection and in tolerance, their precise functions remain puzzling.
The recent detection of the association between the transcription factor forkhead box 3 (FOXP3) transcripts and acute rejection deserves comment. The recruitment of CD25+, FOXP3+ T regulatory cells (T-regs) is a well-defined mechanism for controlling autoimmunity in humans and animal models. It is known that humans carrying X-linked FOXP3 mutations manifest an autoimmune syndrome consisting of immune dysregulation, polyendocrinopathy and enteropathy, termed IPEX syndrome. Additionally, FOXP3 knockout mice manifest severe autoimmune diseases as well [131, 132]. However, the presence of FOXP3+ cells and/or the expression of FOXP3 are not always associated with a decreased immune response and their biological significance remains unclear. Interestingly, the pre-treatment presence of FOXP3+ T cells was associated with favorable outcome in colon cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or immunochemotherapy [133, 134]. In kidney transplantation, however, higher FOXP3 transcripts in cells obtained from urine samples was associated with acute rejection . Additionally, in another study, FOXP3 expression was found to be higher in antibody-mediated and T-cell mediated acute rejection samples than it was in the non-rejection samples . Since FOXP3 mRNA directly correlated with post-transplantation time the authors speculated that FOXP3 positive cells possessed the key to control the potential for autoimmunity in these sites rather than representing a cognate immune-response. Nevertheless, it is presently unclear if FOXP3 (acting as a transcription factor) can modulate the immune-response per se through unknown independent pathways.
TNF-α, Complement and IL-10: the link between the innate and adaptive immunity
The upregulation of the TNF-α pathway is another signature often associated with acute allograft rejection (Table 1, Figure 1B). Many of the genes expressed during allograft rejection are associated with innate immunity: TNF-α, ubiquitin, C3, Heat shock protein 70 (HSPA1A, which is the endogenous ligand of Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4) [137, 138] and IRF-9 (a protein that interacts with STAT-1 and STAT-2 to form ISGF3, a transcription factor for IFN-α) [139, 140].
The presence of TNF-α is not indicative of acute inflammation, and it is typically also present in chronic inflammation [3, 141, 142]. Although the transformation from an indolent process to an acute one is unknown, it seems plausible that an innate stimulus that leads to increased TNF-α, could help elicit a cascade of events associated with acute response . Rather than the increase of TNF-α per se, these stimuli could produce a series of interconnected events, of which TNF-α upregulation might be one of the consequences. For example, the engagement of toll-like-receptors (TLRs) by the endogenous danger-associated molecules (the rise of which can be caused by the intervention itself or by the ischemic-reperfusion injury) [97, 143], may lead to NF-kB (nuclear factor kappa B) activation and transcription of NF-kB induced genes, including TNF-α . TNF-α is a potent activator of NF-kB, thereby amplifying a positive feedback mechanism. Moreover, NF-kB, by inducing transcription of CXCR3 and CCR5 ligands , could trigger and sustain the IFN-γ cascade by promoting the migration of IFN-γ-producing Th1 cells, cytotoxic T cells, and NK cells. Concurrently, the activation of TLRs on antigen presenting cells (APCs) could also enhance antigen presentation and induce upregulation of co-stimulatory molecules, promoting adaptive responses and recruiting CTLs [145, 146], with further amplification of the immune response.
In allograft rejection, the continuous and abundant availability of antigens from the surface of donor cells, and the interaction with T and possibly with B cells (directly through interaction of B cell receptor and MHCs) cause a labile condition particularly vulnerable to being switched to a destructive acute response. Thus, whether this condition is sufficient per se to determine an acute response (according to the self non-self model) or needs to be prompted (in accordance with the danger model), is object of ongoing debate [137, 147].
In conclusion, we could hypothesize that both innate and adaptive mechanisms synergize in generating/sustaining the immune response. Indeed, the dual presence of such strong stimuli leads almost inevitably to a progressive destructive response, thereby requiring lifelong immunosuppression, with the exception of the rare cases of spontaneous tolerance [103, 128, 148].
Complement is the archetypal innate defense mechanism and provides a vital link between innate and adaptive functions [149–151]. Briefly, the central event in complement activation is the proteolysis of C3 (activated by antibodies or microbial cell surfaces) to generate biologically active products that lead to the formation of membrane attack complexes that result in the activation of granulocytes and cell lysis [149–151]. The majority of complement is synthesized in the liver; however, local sources of complement include endothelial cells, macrophages, neutrophils, and epithelial cells (particularly renal tubular epithelial cells). The molecular pathways that lead to the activation of complement transcription during the alloresponse are not completely clear, but activation of the NF-kB pathway has been suggested to be a potential stimulus for local C3 production [152, 153]. It has been proposed that C3 could also be responsible for the Th1 response observed during allorejection, directly by sustaining Th1 development , or indirectly by inhibiting Th2 polarization . Priming C3 deficient mice with dendritic cells led to delayed skin allograft rejection. Additionally, complement can activate B cells and initiate humoral responses . In kidney transplantation in animal models, it has been shown that local renal C3 production leads to faster allograft rejection [157, 158]. However, opposing results were reached in three independent studies analyzing liver transplantation in animal models. In these cases, an association between overexpression of C3 and tolerance was found [159–161]. Thus, at least in animal models, it is possible to hypothesize the existence of diverse regulatory mechanisms in different organs.
The presence of C4d (a C4 split product) by immunohistochemical staining is a feature associated with antibody-mediated rejection since it can activate the classical pathway of complement. Since the majority of circulating complement is produced by the liver, complement is not typically detected by microarray analysis. Thus, detection of complement transcripts during acute allograft rejection by gene expression suggests local production within the graft.
C3 and/or other complement components (C1 and C4) have been associated with acute allograft rejection in several microarray studies conducted in renal [23, 21], liver , heart [19, 25], and lung  transplants. Currently, interest in the role of complement in the regulation of the alloresponse is rising [149, 150, 162]. In a recent study conducted by Naesens et al. (Stanford group ), the authors observed upregulation of complement genes before transplantation in deceased donor kidney biopsies compared to living donors. In the same publication, the authors reported a significant overexpression of genes involved in the complement cascade (including C1 and C3) when comparing 32 acute rejection samples to 20 non-rejection samples obtained from pediatric kidney recipients .
Contrary to the popular belief that IL-10 is principally an anti-inflammatory cytokine, the IL-10 pathway is frequently described as upregulated during acute allograft rejection in kidney and liver transplants in humans [14, 23, 26] (Table 1).
Although the canonical effects of IL-10 are regulatory and function in the termination of inflammatory processes , this cytokine cannot merely be classified as anti-inflammatory, due to its pleiotropic ability to both positively and negatively influence the function of innate and adaptive immunity in pre-clinical models [164–166]. In humans, intravenous administration of recombinant IL-10 produces pro-inflammatory effects by enhancing the release of IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-1, and appears to induce the activation of CTLs and NK cells, as reflected by increased plasma levels of granzyme-B [167, 168]. Interestingly, high levels of serum IL-10 were associated with anti-tumor response in a clinical trial involving metastatic melanoma patients treated with immunochemotherapy (i.e., bevacizumab and fotemustine) . In human monocyte lineage cells, IL-10 increases the expression of TLRs, which might sensitize these cells to 'danger signal' mediators. This suggests that IL-10 plays a key role in the early phases of the acute immune response. Systemic administration of IL-10 exacerbates alloreactions in murine models [170, 171], and, accordingly, the administration of anti-IL-10 monoclonal antibody prolongs graft survival . In addition, by inhibiting APC maturation and postponing their migration to lymph nodes, this cytokine may lead to more efficient antigen loading, and might activate locally adaptive effectors [164–166]. In humans, post-transplant levels of IL-10  and a specific IL-10 polymorphism  were associated with risk of acute rejection in kidney transplants.
The evidence provided supports IL-10 involvement in tumor rejection and allograft rejection in humans, and suggests that this cytokine defies its reputation of having solely anti-inflammatory properties.
IRF-1 and STAT-1
By using MetaCore algorithms, IRF-1 and STAT-1 were predicted to be regulators of several of the key transcripts after analysis of our key genes list extracted from microarray studies (Figure 2). IRF-1 is an inducible IFN-γ transcription factor and it is transcribed in response to IFN-γ via STAT-1 [54, 175]. This transcription factor could mediate the upregulation of several gene/gene pathways during acute allograft rejection, as shown in Figure 2. Genes upregulated by IRF-1 include pro-inflammatory cytokines (e.g. TNF-α ), chemokines (e.g. CXCL10 [66, 67], CCL5 ), and MHC class I and class II molecules [54, 177]. It could also drive the synthesis of IL-10 RA . Another important pro-inflammatory function of this gene is the induction of IL-12  and IL-15  with consequent enhancement of the IFN-γ cascade.
IRF-1 has been better described with relation to tumor rejection. In a study conducted in melanoma patients by Wang et al. , IRF-1 was the most significantly and consistently upregulated transcript in metastatic melanoma lesions undergoing clinical regression after the systemic administration of high-dose interleukin-2. IRF-1 appeared to play a central role in orchestrating the immune response, generating the switch from chronic to acute inflammation in this as well as several subsequent studies [3, 4].
Regarding the allograft, although statistical algorithms recognize IRF-1 as one of the main transcription factors that regulate genes involved in acute allograft rejection, it should be noted that its overexpression per se has not yet been identified as relevant according to human microarray studies. Thus, these data must be interpreted cautiously. Nevertheless, STAT-1 has been massively described as upregulated during acute allograft rejection (see Table 1), suggesting the regulation of IRF-1 through the IFN-γ/STAT-1 pathway as a plausible mechanism. In a recent mouse liver transplant model microarray study, IRF-1 was one of the two genes overexpressed both in leukocytes and intragraft during acute cellular rejection (GBP2 was the other gene, also an IFN-γ inducible gene) . Accordingly, studies have reported an association between IRF-1 and acute cellular rejection in heart transplant models [181, 182]. On the other hand, other groups have reported STAT-1/IRF-1 pathway to be upregulated in tolerant models [159, 160]. In order to explain these findings, investigators proposed the induction of T cell apoptosis by IFN-γ signaling : the transcripts STAT-1 and IRF-1 were also found to be involved in the induction of apoptosis via a caspase-mediated mechanism  (Figure 2). Thus, it is likely that IRF-1 plays a different role according to the independent co-activation of different pathways, which can greatly differ from cell to cell but can also vary with changes in the surrounding environment .
Although IRF-1 seems to be regulated primarily by IFN-γ signaling , in vivo and in vitro observations suggested that IRF-1 regulation does not necessarily require the interaction of this cytokine. Indeed, IRF-1 has been observed in response to IL-2 stimulation in vitro and in the absence of interferon upregulation in animal models . In addition, IRF-1-/-mice have defects not observed in IFN-γ or IFN-γ- receptor -/- animals, (such as alterations in CD8+ T cells and thymocyte development), supporting the existence of an IFN-γ-independent activation pathway of IRF-1, [54, 185]. Vice versa, even supposing a central role for this protein in the induction of pro-inflammatory mediators, a recent microarray study in heart transplanted mice suggested that IRF-1 functions could be bypassed by other mediators . That same study showed that the expression profile of the allograft from IRF-1-/- mice and wild type mice were nearly identical to each other and very different from the profile of isograft control.
Despite discrepancies among different studies, cross-comparison of datasets has been remarkably revealing [25, 26], probably because of the highly conserved molecular patterns associated with immune-mediated tissue destruction. The first comparative analysis was performed by Morgun et al.  who, after identifying a gene set predictive of acute-rejection in a series of heart allograft recipients, analyzed the data from two published studies on kidney (Stanford dataset  and Cleveland dataset ) and lung (Minneapolis dataset ) transplants. The authors observed a striking agreement with the histological diagnosis of the three studies. The predictive accuracy of the gene set obtained from studying hearts was close to 95% in kidney and lung acute rejection illustrating the similarity of activated pathways from different rejected organs. Similar to observations in renal transplants , B cell transcripts (immunoglobulins) were among the most upregulated, suggesting that B cells may also have a local effect in heart rejection. Another interesting finding was the similar pattern of immune-response-related gene expression (antigen presentation, innate immunity, chemotaxis, immunoglobulins and cytokines) among samples with diagnosis of acute rejection versus infection. Here, the gene expression pattern of transplant recipients who underwent rejection was similar to that of patients with Trypanosoma cruzi infection (which represents a frequent cause of chronic heart failure and consequent need for heart transplant in Latin America) . The similarities in inflammatory/immune expression patterns between acute rejection and infection have also been described by Sarwal et al. .
By utilizing an established protein prediction model for discovering serum biomarkers of disease, (Integrated RNA Data Driven Proteomics (IRDDP)), Chen et al.  applied this model to cross-organ acute allograft rejection datasets. In this analysis, three existing gene expression datasets were analyzed to identify candidate serum protein biomarkers. Evaluation of the three datasets revealed 45 genes commonly differentially expressed in acute allograft rejection (see Table 1). The datasets were extracted from GEO and were derived from microarray studies conducted on pediatric renal, adult renal, and adult cardiac human tissue biopsies during acute allograft rejection. Interestingly, by applying this protein biomarker prediction model, this data guided the investigators to discover three serum protein biomarkers, PECAM1, CXCL9, and CD44, that could distinguish acute rejection from stable allograft function. Notably, since gene expression data was compared in heart and kidney samples, it reinforces the principal that common molecular mechanisms exist in acute allograft rejection across different organs.
Another comparative analysis was conducted by Saint-Mezard et al.  analyzing three datasets from human renal acute allograft rejection microarray studies. These authors compared their own data, which consisted of human and non-human primate kidney acute rejection biopsy specimens, to the Stanford  and Cleveland  datasets. By doing so, the authors analyzed 36 acute rejection samples, identifying 70 genes that were upregulated during acute allograft rejection. Importantly, they successfully validated their findings by using 143 microarrays from the Edmonton dataset .
Using GeneGo MetaCore algorithms (a web-based suite for functional analysis of experimental data http://www.genego.com) STAT-1, Interferon Regulatory Factor (IRF-1), Nuclear Factor Kappa B (NF-kB), and PU.1 (a transcription factor involved in the in the development of myeloid and lymphoid cells ) were identified as the main transcription factors that regulate the 70 genes consistently represented during kidney acute rejection in according to the Saint-Mezard comparative analysis . The relationship among different protein-protein interactions, activation of transcription factors, and functional response is often difficult to establish because of its complexity and due to the incompletely understood association among signaling pathways. In simple terms, during the alloresponse, NF-kB represents a constitutive activation of innate immunity (e.g. TNF-α pathway), and IRF-1 superimposes a switch toward adaptive immunity (through the IFN-γ pathway). As described previously, these two pathways can amplify each other, and can also collaborate in inducing the transcription of common genes. For example, IFN-γ (through IRF-1) and TNF-α (through NF-kB) can synergize in promoting the overexpression of common genes such as CXCR3 ligands  and CCR5 ligands . Figure 3 summarizes a likely reciprocal enhancement of function between the NF-kB and the STAT-1/IRF-1 pathways during allograft rejection. Beyond the function of master regulator of innate immunity, NF-kB is also important in driving the adaptive response. In fact, it plays a key role in IL-2 and TCR signaling, and in the regulation of immunoglobulin production . It should be noted that most of the drugs effective in the treatment and/or prevention of acute allograft rejection (e.g. glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, and tacrolimus), interact with NF-kB pathway, and result in reduced production of several cytokines such as IL-2 and TNF-α . Accordingly, NF-kB activity impairment leads to an attenuation of acute rejection in heart [189–191], lung  and skin  in animal models.
Metzincins and Related Genes
Recently, attention has been brought to the role of the metzincins (a superfamily of endopeptide cleaving extracellular matrix proteins implicated in remodeling and modulation of cell signaling) in acute allograft rejection. In the Rodder meta-analysis, expression of Metzincins and Related Genes (MARGs) were analyzed from four separate microarray study databases to characterize markers of acute rejection in renal transplantation [22, 23, 29, 31], revealing MMP7 and TIMP1 as the most highly upregulated genes . Interestingly, MMP9, TIMP1, and ADAM genes have also been noted to be associated with liver and heart acute allograft rejection [14, 15, 25] as listed in Table 1 of this review. Further, MMP9 and MMP2 were also described to be upregulated in a case report of small bowel acute rejection profiled by microarray. Of note, IFN-γ was also upregulated in this case report emphasizing the similarity cross-organ in acute allograft rejection .
High-throughput gene expression profiling has emerged as a powerful and reliable tool in investigating immune response in vivo in humans [11, 12]. Bypassing the traditional hypothesis-driven approach, microarray studies have revealed unsuspected mechanisms that mediate the balance between rejection and tolerance.
The pathways thought to be central during acute allograft rejection have been described in this review. Most of the pathways analyzed (IFN-γ/STAT-1/IRF-1 path, CXCR3/CXCR3 ligands path, CCR5/CCR5 ligands path, and IEFs path) have also been associated with other immune-mediated processes, strengthening the concept that there are common convergent molecular mechanisms in tissue specific destruction, as described by the Immunologic Constant of Rejection [3, 194–198]. Even if the pathways analyzed are consistently observed in humans, previous experiments in animal models failed to demonstrate them as necessary or sufficient for the development of rejection, in concordance with the high redundancy of mammalian immune system [54, 82, 83]. Moreover, some of the genes associated with acute rejection also seem to play a role in tolerance models (e.g.STAT-1/IRF-1 [159, 160]), stressing the pleiotropism of such molecules, as well as illustrating the complexity of these networks and the necessity of investigating immune-response mechanisms in vivo in humans. Despite the wide-ranging observations at molecular level which could be significantly influenced by multiple factors including sample collection time, sample type, sample handling and storage conditions, patient physiological condition, coexisting pathological conditions, environmental factors and genetic predisposition, distinct molecular patterns associated with tissue destruction have been revealed and summarized in this review.
In conclusion, the purpose of this review was to contribute to the understanding of how tissue specific destruction occurs. Understanding why this occurs is one of the most challenging and intriguing questions facing modern human immunology.
Panelli MC, Stashower ME, Slade HB, Smith K, Norwood C, Abati A, Fetsch P, Filie A, Walters SA, Astry C: Sequential gene profiling of basal cell carcinomas treated with imiquimod in a placebo-controlled study defines the requirements for tissue rejection. Genome Biology. 2007, 8:
Wang E, Miller LD, Ohnmacht GA, Mocellin S, Perez-Diaz A, Petersen D, Zhao YD, Simon R, Powell JI, Asaki E: Prospective molecular profiling of melanoma metastases suggests classifiers of immune responsiveness. Cancer Research. 2002, 62: 3581-3586.
Wang E, Worschech A, Marincola FM: The immunologic constant of rejection. Trends in Immunology. 2008, 29: 256-262.
Bedognetti D, Wang E, Sertoli MR, Marincola FM: Gene-expression profiling in vaccine therapy and immunotherapy for cancer. Expert Review of Vaccines. 2010, 9: 555-565.
Imanguli MM, Swaim WD, League SC, Gress RE, Pavletic SZ, Hakim FT: Increased T-bet+ cytotoxic effectors and type I interferon-mediated processes in chronic graft-versus-host disease of the oral mucosa. Blood. 2009, 113: 3620-3630.
He XS, Ji X, Hale MB, Cheung R, Ahmed A, Guo Y, Nolan GP, Pfeffer LM, Wright TL, Risch N: Global transcriptional response to interferon is a determinant of HCV treatment outcome and is modified by race. Hepatology. 2006, 44: 352-359.
Feld JJ, Nanda S, Huang Y, Chen W, Cam M, Pusek SN, Schweigler LM, Theodore D, Zacks SL, Liang TJ, Fried MW: Hepatic gene expression during treatment with peginterferon and ribavirin: Identifying molecular pathways for treatment response. Hepatology. 2007, 46: 1548-1563.
Okamoto Y, Folco EJ, Minami M, Wara AK, Feinberg MW, Sukhova GK, Colvin RA, Kihara S, Funahashi T, Luster AD, Libby P: Adiponectin inhibits the production of CXC receptor 3 chemokine ligands in macrophages and reduces T-lymphocyte recruitment in atherogenesis. Circ Res. 2008, 102: 218-225.
Costa C, Rufino R, Traves SL, Lapa ESJR, Barnes PJ, Donnelly LE: CXCR3 and CCR5 chemokines in induced sputum from patients with COPD. Chest. 2008, 133: 26-33.
Kim MJ, Romero R, Kim CJ, Tarca AL, Chhauy S, LaJeunesse C, Lee DC, Draghici S, Gotsch F, Kusanovic JP: Villitis of Unknown Etiology Is Associated with a Distinct Pattern of Chemokine Up-Regulation in the Feto-Maternal and Placental Compartments: Implications for Conjoint Maternal Allograft Rejection and Maternal Anti-Fetal Graft-versus-Host Disease. Journal of Immunology. 2009, 182: 3919-3927.
Patterson TA, Lobenhofer EK, Fulmer-Smentek SB, Collins PJ, Chu TM, Bao W, Fang H, Kawasaki ES, Hager J, Tikhonova IR: Performance comparison of one-color and two-color platforms within the MicroArray Quality Control (MAQC) project. Nat Biotechnol. 2006, 24: 1140-1150.
Shi L, Reid LH, Jones WD, Shippy R, Warrington JA, Baker SC, Collins PJ, de Longueville F, Kawasaki ES, Lee KY: The MicroArray Quality Control (MAQC) project shows inter- and intraplatform reproducibility of gene expression measurements. Nat Biotechnol. 2006, 24: 1151-1161.
Eikmans M, Roos-van Groningen MC, Sijpkens YWJ, Ehrchen J, Roth J, Baelde HJ, Bajema IM, de Fijter JW, de Heer E, Bruijn JA: Expression of surfactant protein-C, S100A8, S100A9, and B cell markers in renal allografts: Investigation of the prognostic value. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2005, 16: 3771-3786.
Tannapfel A, Geissler F, Witzigmann H, Hauss J, Wittekind C: Analysis of liver allograft rejection related genes using cDNA-microarrays in liver allograft specimen. Transplantation Proceedings. 2001, 33: 3283-3284.
Sreekumar R, Rasmussen DL, Wiesner RH, Charlton MR: Differential allograft gene expression in acute cellular rejection and recurrence of hepatitis C after liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation. 2002, 8: 814-821.
Inkinen K, Lahesmaa R, Brandt A, Katajamaa M, Halme L, Hockerstedt K, Lautenschlager I: DNA microarray-based gene expression profiles of cytomegalovirus infection and acute rejection in liver transplants. Transplantation Proceedings. 2005, 37: 1227-1229.
Gimino VJ, Lande JD, Berryman TR, King RA, Hertz MI: Gene expression profiling of bronchoalveolar lavage cells in acute lung rejection. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2003, 168: 1237-1242.
Patil J, Lande JD, Li N, Berryman TR, King RA, Hertz MI: Bronchoalveolar lavage cell gene expression in acute lung rejection: Development of a diagnostic classifier. Transplantation. 2008, 85: 224-231.
Karason K, Jernas M, Hagg DA, Svensson PA: Evaluation of CXCL9 and CXCL10 as circulating biomarkers of human cardiac allograft rejection. BMC CardiovascDisord. 2006, 6: 29-
Bradley BA: Prognostic assays for rejection and tolerance in organ transplantation. Transplant Immunology. 2005, 14: 193-201.
Akalin E, Hendrix RC, Polavarapu RG, Pearson TC, Neylan JF, Larsen CP, Lakkis FG: Gene expression analysis in human renal allograft biopsy samples using high-density oligoarray technology. Transplantation. 2001, 72: 948-953.
Sarwal M, Chua MS, Kambham N, Hsieh SC, Satterwhite T, Masek M, Salvatierra O: Molecular heterogeneity in acute renal allograft rejection identified by DNA microarray profiling. New England Journal of Medicine. 2003, 349: 125-138.
Flechner SM, Kurian SM, Head SR, Sharp SM, Whisenant TC, Zhang J, Chismar JD, Horvath S, Mondala T, Gilmartin T: Kidney transplant rejection and tissue injury by gene profiling of biopsies and peripheral blood lymphocytes. American Journal of Transplantation. 2004, 4: 1475-1489.
Reeve J, Einecke G, Mengel M, Sis B, Kayser N, Kaplan B, Halloran PF: Diagnosing Rejection in Renal Transplants: A Comparison of Molecular- and Histopathology-Based Approaches. American Journal of Transplantation. 2009, 9: 1802-1810.
Morgun A, Shulzhenko N, Perez-Diez A, Diniz VZ, Sanson GF, Almeida DR, Matzinger P, Gerbase-DeLima M: Molecular profiling improves diagnoses of rejection and infection in transplanted organs. Circulation Research. 2006, 98: E74-E83.
Saint-Mezard P, Berthier CC, Zhang H, Hertig A, Kaiser S, Schumacher M, Wieczorek G, Bigaud M, Kehren J, Rondeau E: Analysis of independent microarray datasets of renal biopsies identifies a robust transcript signature of acute allograft rejection. Transplant International. 2009, 22: 293-302.
Chen R, Sigdel TK, Li L, Kambham N, Dudley JT, Hsieh SC, Klassen RB, Chen A, Caohuu T, Morgan AA: Differentially expressed RNA from public microarray data identifies serum protein biomarkers for cross-organ transplant rejection and other conditions. PLoS Comput Biol. 2010, 6:
Asaoka T, Kato T, Marubashi S, Dono K, Hama N, Takahashi H, Kobayashi S, Takeda Y, Takemasa I, Nagano H: Differential transcriptome patterns for acute cellular rejection in recipients with recurrent hepatitis C after liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2009, 15: 1738-1749.
Rodder S, Scherer A, Korner M, Eisenberger U, Hertig A, Raulf F, Rondeau E, Marti HP: Meta-analyses qualify metzincins and related genes as acute rejection markers in renal transplant patients. Am J Transplant. 2010, 10: 286-297.
Lande JD, Patil J, Li N, Berryman TR, King RA, Hertz MI: Novel insights into lung transplant rejection by microarray analysis. Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2007, 4: 44-51.
Mueller TF, Einecke G, Reeve J, Sis B, Mengel M, Jhangri GS, Bunnag S, Cruz J, Wishart D, Meng C: Microarray analysis of rejection in human kidney transplants using pathogenesis-based transcript sets. American Journal of Transplantation. 2007, 7: 2712-2722.
Bunnag S, Einecket G, Reeve J, Jhangri GS, Mueller TF, Sis B, Hidalgo LG, Mengel M, Kayser D, Kaplan B, Halloran PF: Molecular Correlates of Renal Function in Kidney Transplant Biopsies. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2009, 20: 1149-1160.
Perco P, Kainz A, Wilflingseder J, Soleiman A, Mayer B, Oberbauer R: Histogenomics: Association of Gene Expression Patterns With Histological Parameters in Kidney Biopsies. Transplantation. 2009, 87: 290-295.
Sis B, Jhangri GS, Bunnag S, Allanach K, Kaplan B, Halloran PF: Endothelial Gene Expression in Kidney Transplants with Alloantibody Indicates Antibody-Mediated Damage Despite Lack of C4d Staining. American Journal of Transplantation. 2009, 9: 2312-2323.
Sis B, Halloran PF: Endothelial transcripts uncover a previously unknown phenotype: C4d-negative antibody-mediated rejection. Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation. 2010, 15: 42-48.
Mengel M, Reeve J, Bunnag S, Einecke G, Jhangri GS, Sis B, Famulski K, Guembes-Hidalgo L, Halloran PF: Scoring Total Inflammation Is Superior to the Current Banff Inflammation Score in Predicting Outcome and the Degree of Molecular Disturbance in Renal Allografts. American Journal of Transplantation. 2009, 9: 1859-1867.
Einecke G, Mengel M, Hidalgo L, Allanach K, Famulski KS, Halloran PF: The Early Course of Kidney Allograft Rejection: Defining the Time When Rejection Begins. American Journal of Transplantation. 2009, 9: 483-493.
Einecke G, Reeve J, Mengel M, Sis B, Bunnag S, Mueller TF, Halloran PF: Expression of B cell and immunoglobulin transcripts is a feature of inflammation in late allografts. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 1434-1443.
Hidalgo LG, Sis B, Sellares J, Campbell PM, Mengel M, Einecke G, Chang J, Halloran PF: NK cell transcripts and NK cells in kidney biopsies from patients with donor-specific antibodies: evidence for NK cell involvement in antibody-mediated rejection. Am J Transplant. 2010, 10: 1812-1822.
Hidalgo LG, Einecke G, Allanach K, Mengel M, Sis B, Mueller TF, Halloran PF: The transcriptome of human cytotoxic T cells: Measuring the burden of CTL-Associated transcripts in human kidney transplants. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 637-646.
Mengel M, Chang J, Kayser D, Gwinner W, Schwarz A, Einecke G, Broecker V, Famulski K, De Freitas DG, Guembes-Hidalgo L: The Molecular Phenotype of 6-Week Protocol Biopsies from Human Renal Allografts: Reflections of Prior Injury but Not Future Course. Am J Transplant. 2010
Mengel M, Sis B, Kim D, Chang J, Famulski KS, Hidalgo LG, Einecke G, de Freitas DG, Tymchak W, Burton J, Halloran PF: The molecular phenotype of heart transplant biopsies: relationship to histopathological and clinical variables. Am J Transplant. 2010, 10: 2105-2115.
Famulski KS, Einecke G, Sis B, Mengel M, Hidalgo LG, Kaplan B, Halloran PF: Defining the canonical form of T-cell-mediated rejection in human kidney transplants. Am J Transplant. 2010, 10: 810-820.
Einecke G, Kayser D, Vanslambrouck JM, Sis B, Reeve J, Mengel M, Famulski KS, Bailey CG, Rasko JE, Halloran PF: Loss of solute carriers in T cell-mediated rejection in mouse and human kidneys: an active epithelial injury-repair response. Am J Transplant. 2010, 10: 2241-2251.
Einecke G, Reeve J, Sis B, Mengel M, Hidalgo L, Famulski KS, Matas A, Kasiske B, Kaplan B, Halloran PF: A molecular classifier for predicting future graft loss in late kidney transplant biopsies. J Clin Invest. 2010, 120: 1862-1872.
Mengel M, Allanach K, Einecke G, Sis B, Hidalgo L, Mueller T, Halloran PF: Comparing microarray versus RT-PCR assessment of renal allograft biopsies: Similar performance despite different dynamic ranges. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 349-349.
Pham MX, Teuteberg JJ, Kfoury AG, Starling RC, Deng MC, Cappola TP, Kao A, Anderson AS, Cotts WG, Ewald GA: Gene-expression profiling for rejection surveillance after cardiac transplantation. N Engl J Med. 2010, 362: 1890-1900.
Schaub S, Nickerson P, Rush D, Mayr M, Hess C, Golian M, Stefura W, HayGlass K: Urinary CXCL9 and CXCL10 Levels Correlate with the Extent of Subclinical Tubulitis. American Journal of Transplantation. 2009, 9: 1347-1353.
Hauser IA, Spiegler S, Kiss E, Gauer S, Sichler O, Scheuermann EH, Ackermann H, Pfeilschifter JM, Geiger H, Grone HJ, Radeke HH: Prediction of acute renal allograft rejection by urinary monokine induced by IFN-gamma (MIG). Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2005, 16: 1849-1858.
Hu HZ, Aizenstein BD, Puchalski A, Burmania JA, Hamawy MM, Knechtle SJ: Elevation of CXCR3-binding chemokines in urine indicates acute renal-allograft dysfunction. American Journal of Transplantation. 2004, 4: 432-437.
Tatapudi RR, Muthukumar T, Dadhania D, Ding R, Li BG, Sharma VK, Lozada-Pastorio E, Seetharamu N, Hartono C, Serur D: Noninvasive detection of renal allograft inflammation by measurements of mRNA for IP-10 and CXCR3 in urine. Kidney International. 2004, 65: 2390-2397.
Hidalgo LG, Urmson J, Ramassar V, Halloran PF: IFN-gamma directly modulates lymphocyte cytotoxicity. Faseb Journal. 2002, 16: A1086-A1086.
Hidalgo LG, Urmson J, Halloran PF: IFN-gamma decreases CTL generation by limiting IL-2 production: A feedback loop controlling effector cell production. American Journal of Transplantation. 2005, 5: 651-661.
Hidalgo LG, Halloran PF: Role of IFN-gamma in allograft rejection. Critical Reviews in Immunology. 2002, 22: 317-349.
Schoenborn JR, Wilson CB: Regulation of interferon-gamma during innate and adaptive immune responses. Advances in Immunology. 2007, 96: 41-101.
Kirk AD, Bollinger RR, Finn OJ: Rapid, Comprehensive Analysis of Human Cytokine Messenger-Rna and Its Application to the Study of Acute Renal-Allograft Rejection. Human Immunology. 1995, 43: 113-128.
Moudgil A, Bagga A, Toyoda M, Nicolaidou E, Jordan SC, Ross D: Expression of gamma-IFN mRNA in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid correlates with early acute allograft rejection in lung transplant recipients. Clinical Transplantation. 1999, 13: 201-207.
Nast CC, Zuo XJ, Prehn J, Danovitch GM, Wilkinson A, Jordan SC: Gamma-Interferon Gene-Expression in Human Renal-Allograft Fine-Needle Aspirates. Transplantation. 1994, 57: 498-502.
Lande JD, Gimino VJ, Hertz MI, King RA: Characterization of lung allograft rejection using microarray gene expression profiling. American Journal of Human Genetics. 2002, 71: 392-392.
Pos Z, Selleri S, Spivey TL, Wang JK, Liu H, Worschech A, Sabatino M, Monaco A, Leitman SF, Falus A: Genomic scale analysis of racial impact on response to IFN-alpha. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2010, 107: 803-808.
de Veer MJ, Holko M, Frevel M, Walker E, Der S, Paranjape JM, Silverman RH, Williams BRG: Functional classification of interferon-stimulated genes identified using microarrays. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 2001, 69: 912-920.
Reeve J, Einecke G, Kaplan B, Halloran PF: A microarray-based classifier for diagnosing rejection in kidney transplants: The top diagnostic genes for rejection are interferon-gamma induced. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 246-246.
Ramassar V, Urmson J, Hobart M, Goes N, Halloran PF: Class II transactivator (CIITA) mediates the in vivo induction of class II in mouse tissues. Faseb Journal. 1996, 10: 2262-2262.
Goes N, Hobart M, Ramassar V, Halloran PF: Role of IFN-gamma and IRF-1 in injury-induced and basal MHC class I and II expression. Faseb Journal. 1996, 10: 2184-2184.
Zhu JF, Paul WE: CD4 T cells: fates, functions, and faults. Blood. 2008, 112: 1557-1569.
Ramsey SA, Klemm SL, Zak DE, Kennedy KA, Thorsson V, Li B, Gilchrist M, Gold ES, Johnson CD, Litvak V: Uncovering a macrophage transcriptional program by integrating evidence from motif scanning and expression dynamics. Plos Computational Biology. 2008, 4:
Yeruva S, Ramadori G, Raddatz D: NF-kappa B-dependent synergistic regulation of CXCL10 gene expression by IL-1 beta and IFN-gamma in human intestinal epithelial cell lines. International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 2008, 23: 305-317.
Liu JG, Guan XQ, Ma XJ: Interferon regulatory factor 1 is an essential and direct transcriptional activator for interferon gamma-induced RANTES/CC15 expression in macrophages. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2005, 280: 24347-24355.
Zhao DXM, Hu YY, Miller GG, Luster AD, Mitchell RN, Libby P: Differential expression of the IFN-gamma-inducible CXCR3-binding chemokines, IFN-inducible protein 10, monokine induced by IFN, and IFN-inducible T cell alpha chemoattractant in human cardiac allografts: Association with cardiac allograft vasculopathy and acute rejection. Journal of Immunology. 2002, 169: 1556-1560.
Fahmy NM, Yamani MH, Starling RC, Ratliff NB, Young JB, McCarthy PM, Feng JY, Novick AC, Fairchild RL: Chemokine and chemokine receptor gene expression indicates acute rejection of human cardiac transplants. Transplantation. 2003, 75: 72-78.
Belperio JA, Keane MP, Burdick MD, Lynch JP, Zisman DA, Xue YY, Li KW, Ardehali A, Ross DJ, Strieter RM: Role of CXCL9/CXCR3 chemokine biology during pathogenesis of acute lung allograft rejection. Journal of Immunology. 2003, 171: 4844-4852.
Melter M, Exeni A, Reinders MEJ, Fang JC, McMahon G, Ganz P, Hancock WW, Briscoe DM: Expression of the chemokine receptor CXCR3 and its ligand IP-10 during human cardiac allograft rejection. Circulation. 2001, 104: 2558-2564.
Fischereder M, Luckow B, Hocher B, Wuthrich RP, Rothenpieler U, Schneeberger H, Panzer U, Stahl RAK, Hauser IA, Budde K: CC chemokine receptor 5 and renal-transplant survival. Lancet. 2001, 357: 1758-1761.
Heidenhain C, Pulhl G, Moench C, Lautem A, Neuhaus P: Chemokine receptor 5 Delta 32 mutation reduces the risk of acute rejection in liver transplantation. Annals of Transplantation. 2009, 14: 36-44.
Hancock WW, Lu B, Gao W, Csizmadia V, Faia K, King JA, Smiley ST, Ling M, Gerard NP, Gerard C: Requirement of the chemokine receptor CXCR3 for acute allograft rejection. Journal of Experimental Medicine. 2000, 192: 1515-1519.
Hancock WW, Gao W, Csizmadia V, Faia KL, Shemmeri N, Luster AD: Donor-derived IP-10 initiates development of acute allograft rejection. Journal of Experimental Medicine. 2001, 193: 975-980.
Hancock WW, Wang LQ, Ye QR, Han RX, Lee I: Chemokines and their receptors as markers of allograft rejection and targets for immunosuppression. Current Opinion in Immunology. 2003, 15: 479-486.
Gao W, Faia KL, Csizmadia V, Smiley ST, Soler D, King JA, Danoff TM, Hancock WW: Beneficial effects of targeting CCR5 in allograft recipients. Transplantation. 2001, 72: 1199-1205.
Gao P, Zhou XY, Yashiro-Ohtani Y, Yang YF, Sugimoto N, Ono S, Nakanishi T, Obika S, Imanishi T, Egawa T: The unique target specificity of a nonpeptide chemokine receptor antagonist: selective blockade of two Th1 chemokine receptors CCR5 and CXCR3. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 2003, 73: 273-280.
Halloran PF, Fairchild RL: The puzzling role of CXCR3 and its ligands in organ allograft rejection. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 1578-1579.
Haskova Z, Izawa A, Contreras AG, Flynn E, Boulday G, Briscoe DM: Organ-specific differences in the function of MCP-1 and CXCR3 during cardiac and skin allograft rejection. Transplantation. 2007, 83: 1595-1601.
Kwun J, Hazinedaroglu SM, Schadde E, Kayaoglu HA, Fechner J, Hu HZ, Roenneburg D, Torrealba J, Shiao L, Hong X: Unaltered graft survival and intragraft lymphocytes infiltration in the cardiac allograft of Cxcr3(-/-) mouse recipients. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 1593-1603.
Zerwes HG, Li J, Kovarik J, Streiff M, Hofmann M, Roth L, Luyten M, Pally C, Loewe RP, Wieczorek G: The chemokine receptor Cxcr3 is not essential for acute cardiac allograft rejection in mice and rats. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 1604-1613.
Morris MA, Ley K: Trafficking of natural killer cells. Curr Mol Med. 2004, 4: 431-438.
Murphy PM, Baggiolini M, Charo IF, Hebert CA, Horuk R, Matsushima K, Miller LH, Oppenheim JJ, Power CA: International union of pharmacology. XXII. Nomenclature for chemokine receptors. Pharmacological Reviews. 2000, 52: 145-176.
Moser B, Wolf M, Walz A, Loetscher P: Chemokines: multiple levels of leukocyte migration control. Trends in Immunology. 2004, 25: 75-84.
Deola S, Panelli MC, Maric D, Selleri S, Dmitrieva NI, Voss CY, Klein H, Stroncek D, Wang E, Marincola FM: Helper B cells promote cytotoxic T cell survival and proliferation independently of antigen presentation through CD27/CD70 interactions. Journal of Immunology. 2008, 180: 1362-1372.
Hoffmann U, Sergerer S, Rummele P, Kruger B, Pietrzyk M, Hofstadter F, Banas B, Kramer BK: Expression of the chemokine receptor CXCR3 in human renal allografts-a prospective study. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. 2006, 21: 1373-1381.
Xanthou G, Duchesnes CE, Williams TJ, Pease JE: CCR3 functional responses are regulated by both CXCR3 and its ligands CXCL9, CXCL10 and CXCL11. Eur J Immunol. 2003, 33: 2241-2250.
Halloran PF: T cell-mediated rejection of kidney transplants: a personal viewpoint. Am J Transplant. 2010, 10: 1126-1134.
Qin SX, Rottman JB, Myers P, Kassam N, Weinblatt M, Loetscher M, Koch AE, Moser B, Mackay CR: The chemokine receptors CXCR3 and CCR5 mark subsets of T cells associated with certain inflammatory reactions. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 1998, 101: 746-754.
Jones D, Benjamin RJ, Shahsafaei A, Dorfman DM: The chemokine receptor CXCR3 is expressed in a subset of B-cell lymphomas and is a marker of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Blood. 2000, 95: 627-632.
Drayton DL, Liao S, Mounzer RH, Ruddle NH: Lymphoid organ development: from ontogeny to neogenesis. Nat Immunol. 2006, 7: 344-353.
Krensky AM, Clayberger C: Biology and clinical relevance of granulysin. Tissue Antigens. 2009, 73: 193-198.
Obara H, Nagasaki K, Hsieh CL, Ogura Y, Esquivel CO, Martinez OM, Krams SM: IFN-gamma, produced by NK cells that infiltrate liver allografts early after transplantation, links the innate and adaptive immune responses. Am J Transplant. 2005, 5: 2094-2103.
Kondo T, Morita K, Watarai Y, Auerbach MB, Taub DD, Novick AC, Toma H, Fairchild RL: Early increased chemokine expression and production in murine allogeneic skin grafts is mediated by natural killer cells. Transplantation. 2000, 69: 969-977.
Larosa DF, Rahman AH, Turka LA: The innate immune system in allograft rejection and tolerance. Journal of Immunology. 2007, 178: 7503-7509.
Kitchens WH, Uehara S, Chase CM, Colvin RB, Russell PS, Madsen JC: The changing role of natural killer cells in solid organ rejection and tolerance. Transplantation. 2006, 81: 811-817.
Bingaman AW, Ha J, Waitze SY, Durham MM, Cho HR, Tucker-Burden C, Hendrix R, Cowan SR, Pearson TC, Larsen CP: Vigorous allograft rejection in the absence of danger. Journal of Immunology. 2000, 164: 3065-3071.
Worschech A, Chen NH, Yu YA, Zhang Q, Pos Z, Weibel S, Raab V, Sabatino M, Monaco A, Liu H: Systemic treatment of xenografts with vaccinia virus GLV-1h68 reveals the immunologic facet of oncolytic therapy. Bmc Genomics. 2009, 10:
Andersen CB, Ladefoged SD, Larsen S: Acute Kidney Graft-Rejection - A Morphological and Immunohistological Study on Zero-Hour and Follow-Up Biopsies with Special Emphasis on Cellular Infiltrates and Adhesion Molecules. Apmis. 1994, 102: 23-37.
Meehan SM, McCluskey RT, Pascual M, Preffer FI, Anderson P, Schlossman SF, Colvin RB: Cytotoxicity and apoptosis in human renal allografts: Identification, distribution, and quantitation of cells with a cytotoxic granule protein GMP-17 (TIA-1) and cells with fragmented nuclear DNA. Laboratory Investigation. 1997, 76: 639-649.
Sagoo P, Perucha E, Sawitzki B, Tomiuk S, Stephens DA, Miqueu P, Chapman S, Craciun L, Sergeant R, Brouard S: Development of a cross-platform biomarker signature to detect renal transplant tolerance in humans. J Clin Invest. 2010, 120: 1848-1861.
Cassese G, Lindenau S, de Boer B, Arce S, Hauser A, Riemekasten G, Berek C, Hiepe F, Krenn V, Radbruch A, Manz RA: Inflamed kidneys of NZB/W mice are a major site for the homeostasis of plasma cells. European Journal of Immunology. 2001, 31: 2726-2732.
Magalhaes R, Stiehl P, Morawietz L, Berek C, Krenn V: Morphological and molecular pathology of the B cell response in synovitis of rheumatoid arthritis. Virchows Archiv. 2002, 441: 415-427.
Platt JL, Lebien TW, Michael AF: Interstitial Mononuclear Cell-Populations in Renal Graft-Rejection - Identification by Monoclonal-Antibodies in Tissue-Sections. Journal of Experimental Medicine. 1982, 155: 17-30.
Zarkhin V, Sarwal MM: Microarrays: Monitoring for Transplant Tolerance and Mechanistic Insights. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine. 2008, 28: 385-+.
Racusen LC, Colvin RB, Solez K, Mihatsch MJ, Halloran PF, Campbell PM, Cecka MJ, Cosyns JP, Demetris AJ, Fishbein MC: Antibody-mediated rejection criteria - an addition to the Banff '97 Classification of Renal Allograft Rejection. American Journal of Transplantation. 2003, 3: 708-714.
Alausa M, Almagro U, Siddiqi N, Zuiderweg R, Medipalli R, Hariharan S: Refractory acute kidney transplant rejection with CD20 graft infiltrates and successful therapy with rituximab. Clinical Transplantation. 2005, 19: 137-140.
Bagnasco SM, Tsai W, Rahman MH, Kraus ES, Barisoni L, Vega R, Racusen LC, Haas M, Mohammed BS, Zachary AA, Montgomery RA: CD20-positive infiltrates in renal allograft biopsies with acute cellular rejection are not associated with worse graft survival. American Journal of Transplantation. 2007, 7: 1968-1973.
Doria C, di Francesco F, Ramirez CB, Frank A, Iaria M, Francos G, Marino IR, Farber JL: The presence of B-cell nodules does not necessarily portend a less favorable outcome to therapy in patients with acute cellular rejection of a renal allograft. Transplantation Proceedings. 2006, 38: 3441-3444.
Hippen BE, DeMattos A, Cook WJ, Kew CE, Gaston RS: Association of CD20+infiltrates with poorer clinical outcomes in acute cellular rejection of renal allografts. American Journal of Transplantation. 2005, 5: 2248-2252.
Kayler LK, Lakkis FG, Morgan C, Basu A, Blisard D, Tan HP, Shapiro R, Randhawa PS: Acute cellular rejection with CD20-Positive lymphoid clusters in kidney transplant patients following lymphocyte depletion. American Journal of Transplantation. 2007, 7: 357-357.
Krukemeyer MG, Moeller J, Morawietz L, Rudolph B, Neumann U, Theruvath T, Neuhaus P, Krenn V: Description of B lymphocytes and plasma cells, complement, and chemokines/receptors in acute liver allograft rejection. Transplantation. 2004, 78: 65-70.
Tsai EW, Rianthavorn P, Gjertson DW, Wallace WD, Reed EF, Ettenger RB: CD20+lymphocytes in renal allografts are associated with poor graft survival in pediatric patients. Transplantation. 2006, 82: 1769-1773.
Mengel M, Bogers J, Bosmans JL, Seron D, Moreso F, Carrera M, Gwinner W, Schwarz A, De Broe M, Kreipe H, Haller H: Incidence of C4d stain in protocol biopsies from renal allografts: Results from a multicenter trial. American Journal of Transplantation. 2005, 5: 1050-1056.
Martins HL, Silva C, Martini D, Noronha IL: Detection of B lymphocytes (CD20(+)) in renal allograft biopsy specimens. Transplantation Proceedings. 2007, 39: 432-434.
Zarkhin V, Kambham N, Li L, Kwok S, Hsieh SC, Salvatierra O, Sarwal MM: Characterization of intra-graft B cells during renal allograft rejection. Kidney International. 2008, 74: 664-673.
Noorchashm H, Reed AJ, Rostami SY, Mozaffari R, Zekavat G, Koeberlein B, Caton AJ, Naji A: B cell-mediated antigen presentation is required for the pathogenesis of acute cardiac allograft rejection. Journal of Immunology. 2006, 177: 7715-7722.
Schultz KR, Klarnet JP, Gieni RS, Hayglass KT, Greenberg PD: The Role of B-Cells for Invivo T-Cell Responses to A Friend Virus-Induced Leukemia. Science. 1990, 249: 921-923.
Yang X, Brunham RC: Gene knockout B cell-deficient mice demonstrate that B cells play an important role in the initiation of T cell responses to Chlamydia trachomatis (mouse pneumonitis) lung infection. Journal of Immunology. 1998, 161: 1439-1446.
Cross AH, Stark JL, Lauber J, Ramsbottom MJ, Lyons JA: Rituximab reduces B cells and T cells in cerebrospinal fluid of multiple sclerosis patients. Journal of Neuroimmunology. 2006, 180: 63-70.
Ascierto M, Kmieciak M, Idowu M, Manjili R, Zhao Y, Nikizad H, Grimes M, Dumur C, Wang E, Wang X: A signature of immune function genes associated with recurrence-free survival in breast cancer patients. Breast Cancer Resarch and Treatment. 2011
Zarkhin V, Chalasani G, Sarwal MM: The yin and yang of B cells in graft rejection and tolerance. Transplant Rev (Orlando). 2010, 24: 67-78.
Tyden G, Genberg H, Tollemar J, Ekberg H, Persson NH, Tufveson G, Wadstrom J, Gabel M, Mjornstedt L: A randomized, doubleblind, placebo-controlled, study of single-dose rituximab as induction in renal transplantation. Transplantation. 2009, 87: 1325-1329.
Clatworthy MR, Watson CJ, Plotnek G, Bardsley V, Chaudhry AN, Bradley JA, Smith KG: B-cell-depleting induction therapy and acute cellular rejection. N Engl J Med. 2009, 360: 2683-2685.
Bedognetti D, Zoppoli G, Massucco C, Zanardi E, Zupo S, Bruzzone A, Sertoli MR, Balleari E, Racchi O, Messina M: Impaired response to influenza vaccine associated with persistent memory B cell depletion in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients treated with rituximab-containing regimens. J Immunol. 2011, 186: 6044-55.
Newell KA, Asare A, Kirk AD, Gisler TD, Bourcier K, Suthanthiran M, Burlingham WJ, Marks WH, Sanz I, Lechler RI: Identification of a B cell signature associated with renal transplant tolerance in humans. J Clin Invest. 2010, 120: 1836-1847.
Louis S, Braudeau C, Giral M, Dupont A, Moizant F, Robillard N, Moreau A, Soulillou JP, Brouard S: Contrasting CD25hiCD4+T cells/FOXP3 patterns in chronic rejection and operational drug-free tolerance. Transplantation. 2006, 81: 398-407.
Pallier A, Hillion S, Danger R, Giral M, Racape M, Degauque N, Dugast E, Ashton-Chess J, Pettre S, Lozano JJ: Patients with drug-free long-term graft function display increased numbers of peripheral B cells with a memory and inhibitory phenotype. Kidney Int. 2010, 78: 503-513.
Sharma R, Jarjour WN, Zheng L, Gaskin F, Fu SM, Ju ST: Large functional repertoire of regulatory T-cell suppressible autoimmune T cells in scurfy mice. J Autoimmun. 2007, 29: 10-19.
Wildin RS, Freitas A: IPEX and FOXP3: clinical and research perspectives. J Autoimmun. 2005, 56-62. 25 Suppl
Lee WS, Park S, Lee WY, Yun SH, Chun HK: Clinical impact of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes for survival in stage II colon cancer. Cancer. 2010, 116: 5188-5199.
Correale P, Rotundo MS, Del Vecchio MT, Remondo C, Migali C, Ginanneschi C, Tsang KY, Licchetta A, Mannucci S, Loiacono L: Regulatory (FoxP3+) T-cell tumor infiltration is a favorable prognostic factor in advanced colon cancer patients undergoing chemo or chemoimmunotherapy. J Immunother. 2010, 33: 435-441.
Muthukumar T, Dadhania D, Ding R, Snopkowski C, Naqvi R, Lee JB, Hartono C, Li B, Sharma VK, Seshan SV: Messenger RNA for FOXP3 in the urine of renal-allograft recipients. N Engl J Med. 2005, 353: 2342-2351.
Bunnag S, Allanach K, Jhangri GS, Sis B, Einecke G, Mengel M, Mueller TF, Halloran PF: FOXP3 expression in human kidney transplant biopsies is associated with rejection and time post transplant but not with favorable outcomes. American Journal of Transplantation. 2008, 8: 1423-1433.
Matzinger P: The danger model: A renewed sense of self. Science. 2002, 296: 301-305.
Vabulas RM, Ahmad-Nejad P, Ghose S, Kirschning CJ, Issels RD, Wagner H: HSP70 as endogenous stimulus of the toll/interleukin-1 receptor signal pathway. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2002, 277: 15107-15112.
Platanias LC: Mechanisms of type-I- and type-II-interferon-mediated signalling. Nature Reviews Immunology. 2005, 5: 375-386.
Reich NC, Liu L: Tracking STAT nuclear traffic. Nature Reviews Immunology. 2006, 6: 602-612.
Muller-Ladner U, Alten R, Heiligenhaus A, Kekow J, Koletzko S, Mrowietz U, Ochsenkuhn T, Radke M, Reich K, Rudwaleit M, Schreiber S: "TRECID", TNF alpha related chronic inflammatory diseases - A new multiple diseases bridging concept. Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift. 2009, 134: 2132-2136.
Connolly MK, Bedrosian AS, Clair JMS, Mitchell AP, Ibrahim J, Stroud A, Pachter HL, Bar-Sagi D, Frey AB, Miller G: In liver fibrosis, dendritic cells govern hepatic inflammation in mice via TNF-alpha. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2009, 119: 3213-3225.
Le Moine A, Goldman M, Abramowicz D: Multiple pathways to allograft rejection. Transplantation. 2002, 73: 1373-1381.
Bonizzi G, Karin M: The two NF-kappa B activation pathways and their role in innate and adaptive immunity. Trends in Immunology. 2004, 25: 280-288.
Akira S, Uematsu S, Takeuchi O: Pathogen recognition and innate immunity. Cell. 2006, 124: 783-801.
Iwasaki A, Medzhitov R: Toll-like receptor control of the adaptive immune responses. Nature Immunology. 2004, 5: 987-995.
Brent L: The 50th anniversary of the discovery of immunologic tolerance. New England Journal of Medicine. 2003, 349: 1381-1383.
Brouard S, Mansfield E, Braud C, Li L, Giral M, Hsieh SC, Baeten D, Zhang M, Ashton-Chess J, Braudeau C: Identification of a peripheral blood transcriptional biomarker panel associated with operational renal allograft tolerance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2007, 104: 15448-15453.
Lin T, Zhou WD, Sacks SH: The role of complement and Toll-like receptors in organ transplantation. Transplant International. 2007, 20: 481-489.
Sacks S, Lee Q, Wong W, Zhou W: The role of complement in regulating the alloresponse. Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation. 2009, 14: 10-15.
Sacks SH, Chowdhury P, Zhou WD: Role of the complement system in rejection. Current Opinion in Immunology. 2003, 15: 487-492.
Lee JI, Burckart GJ: Nuclear factor kappa B: Important transcription factor and therapeutic target. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 1998, 38: 981-993.
Schreiber J, Jenner RG, Murray HL, Gerber GK, Gifford DK, Young RA: Coordinated binding of NF-kappa B family members in the response of human cells to lipopolysaccharide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2006, 103: 5899-5904.
Peng Q, Li K, Patel H, Sacks SH, Zhou WD: Dendritic cell synthesis of C3 is required for full T cell activation and development of a Th1 phenotype. Journal of Immunology. 2006, 176: 3330-3341.
Kawamoto S, Yalcindag A, Laouini D, Brodeur S, Bryce P, Lu B, Humbles AA, Oettgen H, Gerard C, Geha RS: The anaphylatoxin C3a downregulates the Th2 response to epicutaneously introduced antigen. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2004, 114: 399-407.
Carroll MC: The complement system in B cell regulation. Molecular Immunology. 2004, 41: 141-146.
Pratt JR, Basheer SA, Sacks SH: Local synthesis of complement component C3 regulates acute renal transplant rejection. Nature Medicine. 2002, 8: 582-587.
Li K, Patel H, Farrar CA, Hargreaves REG, Sacks SH, Zhou WD: Complement activation regulates the capacity of proximal tubular epithelial cell to stimulate alloreactive T cell response. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2004, 15: 2414-2422.
Cordoba SP, Wang CM, Williams R, Li J, Smit L, Sharland A, Allen R, McCaughan G, Bishop A: Gene array analysis of a rat model of liver transplant tolerance identifies increased complement C3 and the STAT-1/IRF-1 pathway during tolerance induction. Liver Transplantation. 2006, 12: 636-643.
Fujino M, Kitazawa Y, Kawasaki M, Funeshima N, Kimura H, Nakajima T, Saito H, Li XK: Differences in lymphocyte gene expression between tolerant and syngeneic liver grafted rats. Liver Transplantation. 2004, 10: 379-391.
Pan TL, Wang PW, Huang CC, Goto S, Chen CL: Expression, by functional proteomics, of spontaneous tolerance in rat orthotopic liver transplantation. Immunology. 2004, 113: 57-64.
Naesens M, Li L, Ying LH, Sansanwal P, Sigdel TK, Hsieh SC, Kambham N, Lerut E, Salvatierra O, Butte AJ, Sarwal MM: Expression of Complement Components Differs Between Kidney Allografts from Living and Deceased Donors. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2009, 20: 1839-1851.
Moore KW, Malefyt RD, Coffman RL, O'Garra A: Interleukin-10 and the interleukin-10 receptor. Annual Review of Immunology. 2001, 19: 683-765.
Mocellin S, Panelli MC, Wang E, Nagorsen D, Marincola FM: The dual role of IL-10. Trends in Immunology. 2003, 24: 36-43.
Mocellin S, Panelli M, Wang E, Rossi CR, Pilati P, Nitti D, Lise M, Marincola FM: IL-10 stimulatory effects on human NK cells explored by gene profile analysis. Genes and Immunity. 2004, 5: 621-630.
Mocellin S, Marincola FM, Young HA: Interleukin-10 and the immune response against cancer: a counterpoint. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 2005, 78: 1043-1051.
Tao M, Li BR, Nayini J, Sivaraman S, Song SW, Larson A, Toofanfard M, Chen H, Venugopal P, Preisler HD: In vivo effects of IL-4, IL-10, and amifostine on cytokine production in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia. Leukemia & Lymphoma. 2001, 41: 161-168.
Lauw FN, Pajkrt D, Hack CE, Kurimoto M, van Deventer SJH, van der Poll T: Proinflammatory effects of IL-10 during human endotoxemia. Journal of Immunology. 2000, 165: 2783-2789.
Del Vecchio M, Mortarini R, Canova S, Di Guardo L, Pimpinelli N, Sertoli MR, Bedognetti D, Queirolo P, Morosini P, Perrone T: Bevacizumab plus fotemustine as first-line treatment in metastatic melanoma patients: clinical activity and modulation of angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis factors. Clin Cancer Res. 2010, 16: 5862-5872.
Qian SG, Li W, Li YP, Fu FM, Lu LN, Fung JJ, Thomson AW: Systemic administration of cellular interleukin-10 can exacerbate cardiac allograft rejection in mice. Transplantation. 1996, 62: 1709-1714.
Li W, Lu L, Li Y, Fu F, Fung JJ, Thomson AW, Qian S: High-dose cellular IL-10 exacerbates rejection and reverses effects of cyclosporine and tacrolimus in mouse cardiac transplantation. Transplantation Proceedings. 1997, 29: 1081-1082.
Li W, Fu F, Lu L, Narula SK, Fung JJ, Thomson AW, Qian S: Systemic administration of anti-interleukin-10 antibody prolongs organ allograft survival in normal and presensitized recipients. Transplantation. 1998, 66: 1587-1596.
Karczewski J, Karczewski M, Wiktorowicz K, Glyda M: Cytometric Analysis of Th1/Th2 Cytokines in the Urine of Patients Prior to the Kideny Transplantation. Transplant International. 2009, 22: 145-145.
Grinyo J, Vanrenterghem Y, Nashan B, Vincenti F, Ekberg H, Lindpaintner K, Rashford M, Nasmyth-Miller C, Voulgari A, Spleiss O: Association of four DNA polymorphisms with acute rejection after kidney transplantation. Transplant International. 2008, 21: 879-891.
Honda K, Taniguchi T: IRFs: master regulators of signalling by Toll-like receptors and cytosolic pattern-recognition receptors. Nature Reviews Immunology. 2006, 6: 644-658.
Vila-del Sol V, Punzon C, Fresno M: IFN-gamma-induced TNF-alpha expression is regulated by interferon regulatory factors 1 and 8 in mouse macrophages. Journal of Immunology. 2008, 181: 4461-4470.
Penninger JM, Sirard C, Mittrucker HW, Chidgey A, Kozieradzki I, Nghiem M, Hakem A, Kimura T, Timms E, Boyd R: The interferon regulatory transcription factor IRF-1 controls positive and negative selection of CD8(+) thymocytes. Immunity. 1997, 7: 243-254.
Taki S, Sato T, Ogasawara K, Fukuda T, Sato M, Hida S, Suzuki G, Mitsuyama M, Shin EH, Kojima S: Multistage regulation of Th1-type immune responses by the transcription factor IRF-1. Immunity. 1997, 6: 673-679.
Ogasawara K, Hida S, Azimi N, Tagaya Y, Sato T, Yokochi-Fukuda T, Waldmann TA, Taniguchi T, Taki S: Requirement for IRF-1 in the microenvironment supporting development of natural killer cells (vol 391, pg 700, 1998). Nature. 1998, 392: 843-843.
Hama N, Yanagisawa Y, Dono K, Kobayashi S, Marubashi S, Nagano H, Umeshita K, Watanabe S, Uchiyama Y, Monden M: Gene Expression Profiling of Acute Cellular Rejection in Rat Liver Transplantation Using DNA Microarrays. Liver Transplantation. 2009, 15: 509-521.
Stegall M, Park W, Kim D, Kremers W: Gene expression during acute allograft rejection: Novel statistical analysis of microarray data. American Journal of Transplantation. 2002, 2: 913-925.
Erickson LM, Pan F, Ebbs A, Kobayashi M, Jiang HS: Microarray-based gene expression profiles of allograft rejection and immunosuppression in the rat heart transplantation model. Transplantation. 2003, 76: 582-588.
Kroger A, Koster M, Schroeder K, Hauser H, Mueller PP: Activities of IRF-1. Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research. 2002, 22: 5-14.
Jin P, Wang E, Provenzano M, Stroncekl D, Marincoial FM: Gene expression signatures of interleukin-2 in vivo and in vitro and their relation to anticancer therapy. Critical Reviews in Immunology. 2007, 27: 437-448.
Matsuyama T, Kimura T, Kitagawa M, Pfeffer K, Kawakami T, Watanabe N, Kundig TM, Amakawa R, Kishihara K, Wakeham A: Targeted Disruption of Irf-1 Or Irf-2 Results in Abnormal Type-I Ifn Gene Induction and Aberrant Lymphocyte Development. Cell. 1993, 75: 83-97.
Erickson L, Crews G, Pan F, Fisniku O, Jang MS, Wynn C, Kobayashi M, Jiang HS: Unique gene expression profiles of heart allograft rejection in the interferon regulatory factor-1-deficient mouse. Transplant Immunology. 2004, 13: 169-175.
Mansfield ES, Sarwal MM: Arraying the orchestration of allograft pathology. American Journal of Transplantation. 2004, 4: 853-862.
Bonadies N, Neururer C, Steege A, Vallabhapurapu S, Pabst T, Mueller BU: PU.1 is regulated by NF-kappaB through a novel binding site in a 17 kb upstream enhancer element. Oncogene. 2010, 29: 1062-1072.
Finn PW, Stone JR, Boothby MR, Perkins DL: Inhibition of NF-kappa B-dependent T cell activation abrogates acute allograft rejection. Journal of Immunology. 2001, 167: 5994-6001.
Basil CF, Zhao YD, Zavaglia K, Jin P, Panelli MC, Voiculescu S, Mandruzzato S, Lee HM, Seliger B, Freedman RS: Common cancer biomarkers. Cancer Research. 2006, 66: 2953-2961.
Tiao MM, Lu L, Tao R, Wang L, Fung JJ, Qian SG: Prolongation of cardiac allograft survival by systemic administration of immature recipient dendritic cells deficient in NF-kappa B activity. Annals of Surgery. 2005, 241: 497-505.
Ohmori K, Takeda S, Miyoshi S, Minami M, Nakane S, Ohta M, Sawa Y, Matsuda H: Attenuation of lung injury in allograft rejection using NF-kappa B decoy transfection - novel strategy for use in lung transplantation. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 2005, 27: 23-27.
Zhou P, Hwang KW, Palucki DA, Guo Z, Boothby M, Newell KA, Alegre ML: Impaired NF-kappa B activation in T cells permits tolerance to primary heart allografts and to secondary donor skin grafts. American Journal of Transplantation. 2003, 3: 139-147.
Marincola FM, Wang E: Immunologic signatures of rejection. 2010, New York, NY: Springer
Pos Z, Galon J: Predictors of favorable outcome in cancer. Immunologic signatures of rejection. Edited by: Marincola FM, Wang E. 2010, New York: Springer, 199-210.
Bedognetti D: Signatures Associated with Acute Rejection: Allograft Rejection. In: Immunologic signatures of rejection. Edited by: Marincola FM, Wang E. 2010, New York: Springer, 305-345.
Ascierto ML, De Giorgi V, Liu Q, Bedognetti D, Spivey T, Murtas D, Uccellini L, Ayotte BD, Stroncek DF, Chouchane L: An immunologic portrait of cancer. J Transl Med. 2011,
Castiello L, Sabatino M, Jin P, Clayberger C, Marincola FM, Krensky AM, Stroncek DF: Monocyte-derived DC maturation strategies and related pathways: a transcriptional view. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2011, 60: 457-466.
Tara Spivey's research fellowship was made possible through the Clinical Research Training Program, a public-private partnership supported jointly by the NIH and Pfizer Inc. (via a grant to the foundation for NIH from Pfizer Inc.). Davide Bedognetti is a participant in the NIH Graduate Partnership Program and a graduate student at University of Genoa. Davide Bedognetti's fellowship is supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (2011 Young Investigator Award). Davide Bedognetti thanks Dr. Pietro Blandini (U.C. Sampdoria, Genoa, Italy) for his useful suggestion on multidimensional data analysis.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
DB and TLS performed data extraction from the available literature and prepared the manuscript collaboratively with input and review by all co-authors. FMM and EW reviewed data extraction and literature research and revised the manuscript for important intellectual contents. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Electronic supplementary material
Additional file 1: supplemental data extraction information. supplemental information for key gene selection used for Table 1, IPA and Meta Core analysis. Comprehensive lists of relevant upregulated genes, in according with the original publication, are reported for the following studies: Akalin et al, Tannapfel et al, Sreekumar et al, Karason et al (genes most frequently upregulated during the rejection episode and returned to baseline levels with its resolution), Reeve et al (genes most frequently represented in the predictive analysis for microarrays classifier), Saint-Mezard et al. Morgun et al: we reported the upregulated genes selected from the list of 98 genes belonged to the first predictor set that discriminate acute cardiac, renal and lung rejection from non rejection. CCL5 belonged to the second prediction set. Sarwal et al: we selected key immune genes from the list of genes upregulated in three different subtypes of acute allograft rejection (see also Mansfield et al. 2004 and Weintraub et al 2006). Gimino et al and Lande et al: we selected key genes from a list of genes reported as upregulated during acute rejection according to the first (Gimino et al) and second (Lande et al) analyses. Flechner et al: we selected key genes a list of genes upregulated in acute rejection samples compared to samples without diagnosis of rejection. Others upregulated genes included in the original list were: Morgun et al: Homo sapiens cDNA FLJ10266 fis, clone HEMBB1001024; Homo sapiens cDNA FLJ10580 fis, clone NT2RP2003533, mRNA sequence; Homo sapiens cDNA FLJ10981 fis, clone PLACE1001610; Homo sapiens mRNA, cDNA DKFZp434P1019; Homo sapiens mRNA; cDNA DKFZp564P073; Homo sapiens mRNA; cDNA DKFZp586H0718; Homo sapiens mRNA; cDNA DKFZp761G0924; Homo sapiens mRNA; cDNA DKFZp761P221; DKFZP434B033; Unknown (protein for IMAGE:4251653) [Homo sapiens], mRNA sequence; Unnamed protein product [Homo sapiens]. Karason: Homo sapiens Alu repeat (LNXI) mRNA sequence. Reeve et al: affymetrix id 235529_at and 238725_at. The 14 genes selected in the Inkinen et al study were those genes highly upregulated in AR vs NR control. Morgun et al: we reported the upregulated genes selected from the list of 98 genes belonged to the first classifier that discriminate acute cardiac rejection vs non rejection and immune-related genes selected from the second and third classifier (130 and 188 genes respectively): the three classifier also discriminated rejection and non rejection lung and kidney samples. Asaoka et al analyzed biopsies from 21 liver transplant recipients with recurrent HCV (RHC). Analysis compared 9 with AR + RHC versus 13 with RHC only (control). Genes shown in this table selected from the network classified as "Cell death, hematological disease, and immunological disease" via IPA. (DOC 24 KB)
About this article
Cite this article
Spivey, T.L., Uccellini, L., Ascierto, M.L. et al. Gene expression profiling in acute allograft rejection: challenging the immunologic constant of rejection hypothesis. J Transl Med 9, 174 (2011) doi:10.1186/1479-5876-9-174
- Acute Rejection
- Allograft Rejection
- Acute Cellular Rejection
- Acute Allograft Rejection
- CXCR3 Ligand