Conditioning of neonatal pigs using low-dose chemotherapy and murine fetal tissue before murine hybridoma transplantation

Georg S. Wengler, Emiliana Brocchi, Guerino Lombardi, Marco Bailo, Patrizia Bonassi, Davide Arienti, Alberto Albertini, Daniele Alberti, Roberta Zanini, Ornella Parolini

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Immunosuppression, myeloablation, and the use of immunologically immature tissue can overcome major histocompatibility complex barriers by inducing tolerance. With the goal of inducing tolerance to BALB/c-derived murine hybridoma cells producing the 4C6 monoclonal antibody (mAb), we transplanted BALB/c fetal tissue into neonatal pigs during a regimen of low-dose conditioning with busulfan and cyclophosphamide. After the tolerance induction phase, animals received intraperitoneal injections of 4C6 mAb hybridoma cells. Evidence of persistence of injected cells over time was sought by molecular analysis of peripheral blood for the presence of mouse genomic sequences and circulating 4C6 mAb. Persistence of donor polymerase chain reaction signal during the entire duration of the study, detectable mAb titer for 6 weeks, and a twofold increase of mAb concentration after a boost hybridoma infusion was observed in one animal receiving six consecutive administrations of the conditioning regimen. Our model has the distinctive advantage of allowing functional monitoring of engrafted cells for studying tolerance induction strategies. In addition, this model could be the basis for approaches aimed at producing mAbs in tolerized large animals
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)349-352
Numero di pagine4
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2005


  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Fetal Tissue Transplantation
  • Hybridomas
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Mice
  • Swine
  • Transplantation Conditioning
  • Transplantation, Heterologous


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