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J Immunol. 2019 Mar 15;202(6):1859-1870. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1801448. Epub 2019 Feb 1.

Graft γδ TCR Sequencing Identifies Public Clonotypes Associated with Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Efficacy in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients and Unravels Cytomegalovirus Impact on Repertoire Distribution.

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Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm 141 86, Sweden;
Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm 141 86, Sweden.
Department of Applied Physics, Science for Life Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 141 86, Sweden; and.
Department of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm 141 86, Sweden.


Although the impact of donor graft composition on clinical outcomes after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been studied, little is known about the role of intragraft γδ TCR repertoire on clinical outcomes following HSCT. Using a high-throughput sequencing platform, we sought to analyze the TCR γ-chain (TRG) repertoire of γδ T cells within donor stem cell grafts and address its potential impact on clinical response in the corresponding patients. A total of 20 peripheral blood stem cell grafts were analyzed, and donors were classified as CMV+/- The respective acute myeloid leukemia recipients were followed for disease relapse and acute graft-versus-host disease (aGvHD) development post-HSCT. In all samples, TRG repertoire showed a reduced diversity and displayed overrepresented clones. This was more prominent in grafts from CMV+ donors, which presented a more private repertoire, lower diversity, skewed distribution, and reduced usage of the V9-JP pairing. Grafts given to nonrelapse patients presented a more public repertoire and increased presence of long sequence clonotypes. Variable-joining gene segment usage was not associated with aGvHD development, but a higher usage of V2-JP1 pairing and lower usage of V4-J2/V5-J2/V8-JP2 were observed in grafts given to nonrelapse patients. Our work identified five private overrepresented and one public CDR3 sequence (CATWDGPYYKKLF) associated with CMV infection, in addition to 12 highly frequent public sequences present exclusively in grafts given to nonrelapse patients. Our findings show that, despite CMV infection reshaping the TRG repertoire, TRG composition is not associated with aGvHD development, and several public sequences are associated with clinical remission.


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