Suppression of immunorejection against rat fetal dopaminergic neurons in a mouse brain by 15-deoxyspergualin

Jiawei Zhou, Isao Date, Kyoji Sakai, Yusuke Yoshimoto, Tomohisa Furuta, Shoji Asari, Takashi Ohmoto

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In this study, the immunosuppressive effect of 15-deoxyspergualin (DSG) on the survivability of rat embryonic dopaminergic neurons grafted into the lateral ventricle of adult mice was investigated. DSG was administered daily in dose of 5 mg/kg for 2 weeks postgrafting, commencing on the day of transplantation, in the immunosuppressant-treated groups. Animals were then allowed to survive for 2 to 4 weeks after transplantation. Histological analysis revealed that most of transplanted rat fetal tissue was destroyed and scavenged in 2 weeks after transplantation in the non-immunosuppressed group. However, a large number of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-positive grafted neurons survived and grew postgrafting in the brain of the host administered with DSG even if they suffered from T lymphocyte infiltrations visualized by cytotoxic T cell immunohistochemistry. The results thus indicated that DSG is an potent immunosuppressant in neural transplantation as well as in transplantation of other organs in animals. It seems to be able to block, at least in part, the ability of mature specific cytotoxic T cells to lyse their target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 3 1993


  • 15-Deoxyspergualin
  • Cross-species
  • Cytotoxic T cell
  • Immunosuppressant
  • Neural transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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