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Pig-to-non human primate

Liaoran Wang, David K C Cooper, Lars Burdorf, Yi Wang, Hayato Iwase
There has recently been considerable progress in the results of pig organ transplantation in nonhuman primates (NHPs), largely associated with the availability of (i) pigs genetically-engineered to overcome coagulation dysregulation, and (ii) novel immunosuppressive agents. The barriers of thrombotic microangiopathy and/or consumptive coagulation were believed to be associated with (i) activation of the graft vascular endothelial cells (VECs) by a low level of anti-pig antibody binding and/or complement deposition and/or innate immune cell activity, and (ii) molecular incompatibilities between the NHP and pig coagulation-anticoagulation systems...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
Annabel Jain Sorby-Adams, Robert Vink, Renee Jade Turner
Acute central nervous system injury, encompassing traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke, accounts for a significant burden of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Studies in animal models have greatly enhanced our understanding of the complex pathophysiology that underlies TBI and stroke and enabled the pre-clinical screening of over 1000 novel therapeutic agents. Despite this, the translation of novel therapeutics from experimental models to clinical therapies has been extremely poor. One potential explanation for this poor clinical translation is the choice of experimental model, given that the majority of pre-clinical TBI and ischemic stroke studies have been conducted in small animals, such as rodents, which have small lissencephalic brains...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Hironosuke Watanabe, Hisashi Sahara, Shunichiro Nomura, Tatsu Tanabe, Dilrukshi K Ekanayake-Alper, Lennan K Boyd, Nathan J Louras, Arsenoi Asfour, Makenzie A Danton, Siu-Hong Ho, Scott J Arn, Robert J Hawley, Akira Shimizu, Takeshi Nagayasu, David Ayares, Marc I Lorber, Megan Sykes, David H Sachs, Kazuhiko Yamada
BACKGROUND: Despite recent progress in survival times of xenografts in non-human primates, there are no reports of survival beyond 5 days of histologically well-aerated porcine lung grafts in baboons. Here, we report our initial results of pig-to-baboon xeno-lung transplantation (XLTx). METHODS: Eleven baboons received genetically modified porcine left lungs from either GalT-KO alone (n = 3), GalT-KO/humanCD47(hCD47)/hCD55 (n = 3), GalT-KO/hD47/hCD46 (n = 4), or GalT-KO/hCD39/hCD46/hCD55/TBM/EPCR (n = 1) swine...
March 12, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Gary Wong, Wen-Guang Cao, Shi-Hua He, Zi-Rui Zhang, Wen-Jun Zhu, Estella Moffat, Hideki Ebihara, Carissa Embury-Hyatt, Xiang-Guo Qiu
The Angolan strain of Marburg virus (MARV/Ang) can cause lethal disease in humans with a case fatality rate of up to 90%, but infection of immunocompetent rodents do not result in any observable symptoms. Our previous work includes the development and characterization of a MARV/Ang variant that can cause lethal disease in mice (MARV/Ang-MA), with the aim of using this tool to screen for promising prophylactic and therapeutic candidates. An intermediate animal model is needed to confirm any findings from mice studies before testing in the gold-standard non-human primate (NHP) model...
January 18, 2018: Zoological Research
Vinayakumar Siragam, Gary Wong, Xiang-Guo Qiu
The family Filoviridae , which includes the genera Marburgvirus and Ebolavirus , contains some of the most pathogenic viruses in humans and non-human primates (NHPs), causing severe hemorrhagic fevers with high fatality rates. Small animal models against filoviruses using mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets have been developed with the goal of screening candidate vaccines and antivirals, before testing in the gold standard NHP models. In this review, we summarize the different animal models used to understand filovirus pathogenesis, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each model with respect to filovirus disease research...
January 18, 2018: Zoological Research
Jacques Descotes, Linda Allais, Philippe Ancian, Henrik Duelund Pedersen, Claire Friry-Santini, Antonio Iglesias, Tina Rubic-Schneider, Hollie Skaggs, Peter Vestbjerg
There is a growing need to consider non-rodent species for the immunological safety evaluation of drug candidates. The EU Framework-6 RETHINK Project demonstrated that the Göttingen Minipig is a relevant animal model for regulatory toxicology studies. Extensive knowledge on the immune system of domestic pigs is available and fewer differences from humans have been identified as compared to other species, such as mice or non-human primates. Minipig data are too scarce to allow for claiming full immunological comparability with domestic pigs...
February 23, 2018: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Dorothy L Patton, Yvonne C Sweeney, Audrey E Baldessari, Linda Cles, Laszlo Kari, Gail L Sturdevant, Chunfu Yang, Harlan D Caldwell
The Chlamydia trachomatis plasmid and inclusion membrane protein CT135 are virulence factors in the pathogenesis of murine female genital tract infection. To determine if these virulence factors play a similar role in female non-human primates, we infected pig-tailed macaques with the same C. trachomatis strains shown to be important in the murine model. Wild type C. trachomatis and its isogenic mutant strain deficient in both plasmid and CT135 were used to infect macaques. Macaques were given primary and repeated cervicovaginal challenges with the wild type and mutant strains...
February 20, 2018: Infection and Immunity
Anette Bro Christensen, Jens Christian Hedemann Sørensen, Kåre Schmidt Ettrup, Dariusz Orlowski, Carsten Reidies Bjarkam
INTRODUCTION: The rotating 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) rat model has long been important when developing new treatment strategies for Parkinson's disease (PD). Similar non-human primate models have been developed for translational research purposes as large animal models are required by regulatory bodies as an intermediate "phase 0" trial step. However, experimental research in non-human primates encounters several economical and regulatory issues, which may be avoided by the alternative use of pigs as a large animal model for experimental brain research...
February 17, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
Anna Buermann, Stoyan Petkov, Björn Petersen, Rabea Hein, Andrea Lucas-Hahn, Wiebke Baars, Antje Brinkmann, Heiner Niemann, Reinhard Schwinzer
BACKGROUND: The programmed cell death-1 (PD-1, CD279)/PD-Ligand1 (PD-L1, CD274) receptor system is crucial for controlling the balance between immune activation and induction of tolerance via generation of inhibitory signals. Expression of PD-L1 is associated with reduced immunogenicity and renders cells and tissues to an immune-privileged/tolerogenic state. METHODS: To apply this concept for clinical xenotransplantation, we generated human (h)PD-L1 transgenic pigs and characterized expression and biological function of the transgene at the cellular level...
February 15, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Beth M French, Selin Sendil, Krishna Mohan Sepuru, Jolene Ranek, Lars Burdorf, Donald Harris, Emily Redding, Xiangfei Cheng, Christopher T Laird, Yuming Zhao, Benjamin Cerel, Krishna Rajarathnam, Richard N Pierson, Agnes M Azimzadeh
BACKGROUND: Human neutrophils are sequestered by pig lung xenografts within minutes during ex vivo perfusion. This phenomenon is not prevented by pig genetic modifications that remove xeno-antigens or added human regulatory molecules intended to down-regulate activation of complement and coagulation pathways. This study investigated whether recipient and donor interleukin-8 (IL-8), a chemokine known to attract and activate neutrophils during inflammation, is elaborated in the context of xenogeneic injury, and whether human or pig IL-8 promote the adhesion of human neutrophils in in vitro xenograft models...
February 9, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Hee Jung Kang, Haneulnari Lee, Eun Mi Park, Jong-Min Kim, Jun-Seop Shin, Chung-Gyu Park
BACKGROUND: The development of a precise and easy-to-use tool for monitoring islet graft function is important in clarifying the causes of graft loss, identifying appropriate therapy, and ensuring graft survival in the nonhuman primate (NHP) model of porcine islet transplantation (PITx). Glycated albumin (GA) is an indicator of intermediate-term changes in blood glucose control and is useful in clinical diabetes management. The validity of GA for monitoring graft function in NHP recipients of PITx was evaluated using a retrospective analysis of cohort samples...
January 23, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Barbora Pafčo, Zuzana Tehlárová, Kateřina Jirků Pomajbíková, Angelique Todd, Hideo Hasegawa, Klára J Petrželková, David Modrý
Infectious diseases including those caused by parasites can be a major threat to the conservation of endangered species. There is thus a great need for studies describing parasite infections of these species in the wild. Here we present data on parasite diversity in an agile mangabey (Cercocebus agilis) group in Bai Hokou, Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA), Central African Republic. We coproscopically analyzed 140 mangabey fecal samples by concentration techniques (flotation and sedimentation). Agile mangabeys hosted a broad diversity of protistan parasites/commensals, namely amoebas (Entamoeba spp...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Primatology
Byoung-Hoon Min, Jun-Seop Shin, Jong-Min Kim, Seong-Jun Kang, Hyun-Je Kim, Il-Hee Yoon, Su-Kyoung Park, Ji-Won Choi, Min-Suk Lee, Chung-Gyu Park
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic islet transplantation is currently proven as a promising treatment for type 1 diabetes patients with labile glycemic control and severe hypoglycemia unawareness. Upon islet transplantation, revascularization is essential for proper functioning of the transplanted islets. As IL-6 is important for endothelial cell survival and systemic inflammation related to xenograft, the effect of IL-6 receptor antagonist, tocilizumab, on revascularization of the transplanted islets was examined in pig to non-human primate islet xenotransplantation model...
January 2018: Xenotransplantation
Raphael P H Meier, Yannick D Muller, Alexandre Balaphas, Philippe Morel, Manuel Pascual, Jörg D Seebach, Leo H Buhler
The field of xenotransplantation has fluctuated between great optimism and doubts over the last 50 years. The initial clinical attempts were extremely ambitious but faced technical and ethical issues that prompted the research community to go back to preclinical studies. Important players left the field due to perceived xenozoonotic risks and the lack of progress in pig-to-nonhuman-primate transplant models. Initial apparently unsurmountable issues appear now to be possible to overcome due to progress of genetic engineering, allowing the generation of multiple-xenoantigen knockout pigs that express human transgenes and the genomewide inactivation of porcine endogenous retroviruses...
December 5, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
Olof Eriksson, Peter Johnström, Zsolt Cselenyi, Mahabuba Jahan, Ram K Selvaraju, Marianne Jensen-Waern, Akihiro Takano, Maria Sörhede Winzell, Christer Halldin, Stanko Skrtic, Olle Korsgren
GPR44 expression has recently been described as highly β-cell selective in the human pancreas and constitutes a tentative surrogate imaging biomarker in diabetes. A radiolabeled small-molecule GPR44 antagonist, [11 C]AZ12204657, was evaluated for visualization of β-cells in pigs and nonhuman primates by positron emission tomography as well as in immunodeficient mice transplanted with human islets under the kidney capsule. In vitro autoradiography of human and animal pancreatic sections from subjects without and with diabetes, in combination with insulin staining, was performed to assess β-cell selectivity of the radiotracer...
February 2018: Diabetes
David E Lenz, Douglas Cerasoli, Donald M Maxwell
Soman is a highly toxic organophosphorus chemical warfare compound that binds rapidly and irreversibility to a variety of serine active enzymes, i.e., butyryl- and acetyl-cholinesterases and carboxylesterase. The in vivo toxicity of soman has been reported to vary significantly in different animal species, such as rats and guinea pigs or non-human primates. This species variation makes it difficult to identify appropriate animal models for therapeutic drug development under the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Animal Rule...
February 2018: Toxicology Letters
Uwe Fiebig, Angela Holzer, Daniel Ivanusic, Elena Plotzki, Hartmut Hengel, Frank Neipel, Joachim Denner
Porcine cytomegalovirus (PCMV) infection is widely prevalent among pigs, and PCMV is one of the viruses which may be transmitted during xenotransplantation using pig cells, tissues, or organs. While human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major risk factor for allotransplantation, it is still unclear whether PCMV is able to infect human cells or pose a risk for xenotransplantation. Previously, it was shown that transmission of PCMV after pig kidney to non-human primate transplantations resulted in a significantly reduced survival time of the transplanted organ...
October 28, 2017: Viruses
Julie A Reisz, Matthew J Wither, Ernest E Moore, Anne L Slaughter, Hunter B Moore, Arsen Ghasabyan, James Chandler, Leasha J Schaub, Miguel Fragoso, Geoffrey Nunns, Christopher C Silliman, Kirk C Hansen, Anirban Banerjee, Forest R Sheppard, Angelo D'alessandro
BACKGROUND: Plasma levels of lactate and succinate are predictors of mortality in critically injured patients in military and civilian settings. In relative terms, these metabolic derangements have been recapitulated in rodent, swine and non-human primate models of severe hemorrhage. However, no direct absolute quantitative comparison has been evaluated across these species. METHODS: Ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry with stable isotope standards was used to determine absolute concentrations of baseline and post-shock levels of lactate and succinate in rats, pigs, macaques, and injured patients...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Jian Yan, Matthew P Morrow, Jaemi S Chu, Trina Racine, Charles C Reed, Amir S Khan, Kate E Broderick, J Joseph Kim, Gary P Kobinger, Niranjan Y Sardesai, David B Weiner
Despite the routine development and distribution of seasonal influenza vaccines, influenza remains an important pathogen contributing to significant human morbidity as well as mortality each year. The seasonal variability of influenza creates a significant issue for vaccine development of seasonal strains that can afford protection from infection or disease based on serotype matching. It is appreciated that the globular head of the HA antigen contained in the vaccines generates antibodies that result in HAI activity that are a major correlates of the protection against a particular strain...
October 31, 2017: Vaccine
Hisashi Sahara, Mitsuhiro Sekijima, Yuichi Ariyoshi, Akihiro Kawai, Kohei Miura, Shiori Waki, Louras Nathan, Yusuke Tomita, Takehiro Iwanaga, Kazuaki Nakano, Hitomi Matsunari, Hiroshi Date, Hiroshi Nagashima, Akira Shimizu, Kazuhiko Yamada
BACKGROUND: Despite progress in the current genetic manipulation of donor pigs, most non-human primates were lost within a day of receiving porcine lung transplants. We previously reported that carbon monoxide (CO) treatment improved pulmonary function in an allogeneic lung transplant (LTx) model using miniature swine. In this study, we evaluated whether the perioperative treatment with low-dose inhalation of CO has beneficial effects on porcine lung xenografts in cynomolgus monkeys (cynos)...
October 25, 2017: Xenotransplantation
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