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liver transplantation immunology

Nicolle H R Litjens, Lotte van der Wagen, Jurgen Kuball, Jaap Kwekkeboom
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection can cause significant complications after transplantation, but recent emerging data suggest that CMV may paradoxically also exert beneficial effects in two specific allogeneic transplant settings. These potential benefits have been underappreciated and are therefore highlighted in this review. First, after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) using T-cell and natural killer (NK) cell-replete grafts, CMV reactivation is associated with protection from leukemic relapse...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
JooYeon Jhun, Seung Hoon Lee, Soon Kyu Lee, Hee Yeon Kim, Eun Sun Jung, Dong Goo Kim, JeongWon Choi, Si Hyun Bae, Seung Kew Yoon, Byung Ha Chung, Chul Woo Yang, Mi-La Cho, Jong Young Choi
Recipients of liver transplantation (LT) require long-term immunosuppressive drug treatment, but lifelong immunosuppressive treatment has severe side effects. It is known that some LT recipients develop immune tolerance, and although the development of such operational tolerance should allow a decrease in the burden of immunosuppressive drug treatment, the factors that indicate operational tolerance are not clear. This study aimed to monitor immunological markers over time in LT recipients to identify those markers indicating the development of operational tolerance...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Agnieszka Drozdowska-Szymczak, Bronisława Pietrzak, Natalia Czaplińska, Joanna Schreiber-Zamora, Zoulikha Jabiry-Zieniewicz, Mirosław Wielgoś, Bożena Kociszewska-Najman
BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive treatment in pregnant organ recipients can affect functions of the fetal and newborn immune system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of this treatment on selected parameters of the immune system of children born to mothers after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 52 children born to liver recipients and 52 children in the control group. The study was conducted in the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Eleni Theocharidou, Michael A Heneghan
Autoimmune hepatitis occurs in genetically susceptible individuals as a result of loss of immunological tolerance to hepatic autoantigens that can be precipitated by environmental triggers. The clinical manifestation is usually insidious but can be also acute with liver failure. The diagnosis is made on the basis of antibody positivity, elevated immunoglobulin G levels and interface hepatitis on liver histology. Induction of remission is achieved with high-dose steroids in the majority of cases, and maintenance of remission with azathioprine...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Gulziya Ismailova, Eugene Yenin, Shokan Kaniev, Dinara Bayguisova, Talgat Tajibaev
OBJECTIVES: Hepatocellular carcinoma is the predominant malignancy in patients with cirrhosis and chronic liver disease. Our aim was to assess the morphologic, radiologic, and immunologic charac teristics of hepatocellular carcinoma and liver cirrhosis concerning surgical treatment tactics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis of a prospective study performed at the JSC National Scientific Center of Surgery (named after A. Syzganov). The study included 58 patients: 31 with hepatocellular carcinoma (53...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Weichen Zhou, Yi Wang, Masayuki Fujino, Leming Shi, Li Jin, Xiao-Kang Li, Jiucun Wang
Murine transplantation models are used extensively to research immunological rejection and tolerance. Here we studied both murine heart and liver allograft models using microarray technology. We had difficulty in identifying genes related to acute rejections expressed in both heart and liver transplantation models using two standard methodologies: Student's t test and linear models for microarray data (Limma). Here we describe a new method, standardized fold change (SFC), for differential analysis of microarray data...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Francisco Boix, Santiago Llorente, Jorge Eguía, Gema Gonzalez-Martinez, Rafael Alfaro, Jose A Galián, Jose A Campillo, María Rosa Moya-Quiles, Alfredo Minguela, Jose A Pons, Manuel Muro
AIM: To validate intracellular cytokine production functional assay as means of cell-mediated immunity monitoring of post-transplant patients with opportunistic infection (OI). METHODS: Intracellular cytokine-producing CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell monitoring was carried out in 30 liver transplant (LTr) and 31 kidney transplant (KTr) recipients from 2010 to 2012. Patients were assessed in our Department of Immunology at the Clinical University 'Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca-IMIB' in Murcia, Spain for one year following transplantation...
February 24, 2018: World Journal of Transplantation
Mark H T Stappers, Alexandra E Clark, Vishukumar Aimanianda, Stefan Bidula, Delyth M Reid, Patawee Asamaphan, Sarah E Hardison, Ivy M Dambuza, Isabel Valsecchi, Bernhard Kerscher, Anthony Plato, Carol A Wallace, Raif Yuecel, Betty Hebecker, Maria da Glória Teixeira Sousa, Cristina Cunha, Yan Liu, Ten Feizi, Axel A Brakhage, Kyung J Kwon-Chung, Neil A R Gow, Matteo Zanda, Monica Piras, Chiara Zanato, Martin Jaeger, Mihai G Netea, Frank L van de Veerdonk, João F Lacerda, António Campos, Agostinho Carvalho, Janet A Willment, Jean-Paul Latgé, Gordon D Brown
Resistance to infection is critically dependent on the ability of pattern recognition receptors to recognize microbial invasion and induce protective immune responses. One such family of receptors are the C-type lectins, which are central to antifungal immunity. These receptors activate key effector mechanisms upon recognition of conserved fungal cell-wall carbohydrates. However, several other immunologically active fungal ligands have been described; these include melanin, for which the mechanism of recognition is hitherto undefined...
February 28, 2018: Nature
Guosheng Wu, Ruy J Cruz
Background and aims: A co-transplanted liver allograft has been thought to protect other organs from rejection-mediated injury; however, detailed analyses of co-transplanted liver on intestinal allograft outcomes have not been conducted to date. The aim of the study was to compare immune-mediated injury, causes of graft failure and clinical outcomes between recipients who underwent either a liver-inclusive intestinal transplant (LITx) or liver-exclusive intestinal transplant (LETx). Methods: Between May 2000 and May 2010, 212 adult patients undergoing LITx ( n  =76) and LETx ( n  =136) were included...
February 2018: Gastroenterology Report
Ralf Bartenschlager, Thomas F Baumert, Jens Bukh, Michael Houghton, Stanley M Lemon, Brett D Lindenbach, Volker Lohmann, Darius Moradpour, Thomas Pietschmann, Charles M Rice, Robert Thimme, Takaji Wakita
The development and clinical implementation of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) has revolutionized the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Infection with any viral genotype can now be eliminated in more than 95% of patients with short courses of all-oral, well-tolerated drugs, even in those with advanced liver disease and liver transplant recipients. DAAs have proven so successful that some now consider hepatitis C virus (HCV) amenable to eradication, and continued research on the virus of little remaining medical relevance...
February 22, 2018: Virus Research
Armando Ganoza, Neslihan Celik, George V Mazariegos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The field of intestinal transplantation has shown significant growth and has become the gold standard therapy for patients that suffer from the complications of total parenteral nutrition due to irreversible intestinal failure. In the early years of intestinal transplant, retransplantation was associated with extremely high morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this review is to summarize recent encouraging reports, showing significant improvement in outcomes after intestinal retransplantation...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Xufeng Fu, Bin Jiang, Bingrong Zheng, Yaping Yan, Junfeng Wang, Yanchao Duan, Shanshan Li, Li Yan, Hong Wang, Bingbing Chen, Xiongbo Sang, Weizhi Ji, Ren-He Xu, Wei Si
Liver fibrosis is a disease that causes high morbidity and has become a major health problem. Liver fibrosis can lead to the end stage of liver diseases (livercirrhosisand hepatocellularcarcinoma). Currently, liver transplantation is the only effective treatment for end-stage liver disease. However, the shortage of organ donors, high cost of medical surgery, immunological rejection and transplantation complications severely hamper liver transplantation therapy. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been regarded as promising cells for clinical applications in stem cell therapy in the treatment of liver diseases due to their unique multipotent differentiation capacity, immunoregulation and paracrine effects...
2018: PeerJ
F Mori, C Angelucci, A Cianferoni, S Barni, G Indolfi, A Casini, G Mangone, M Materassi, N Pucci, C Azzari, E Novembre
BACKGROUND: Transplantation-acquired food allergies (TAFA) are frequently reported and considered to be caused by immunosuppressive therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the allergic and immunologic responses in children who had liver or kidney transplantations. METHODS: Twelve children receiving liver transplantations and 10 children receiving kidney transplantations were investigated. All children underwent the allergy work-up and in most of them, lymphocyte screening and serum cytokine measurements were also performed...
February 15, 2018: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Jianyu Liu, Yabo Ouyang, Dexi Chen, Bo Yao, Dongdong Lin, Zhiqiang Li, Yunjin Zang, Huan Liu, Xiaoyue Fu
The immunosuppressant drug tacrolimus (Tac) used for the prevention of immunological rejection is a metabolic substrate of cytochrome P450 enzymes. This study was designed to evaluate the short-term and long-term potential influence of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CYP450 genes of liver transplant (LT) recipients as well as the donors on individual pharmacological effects of Tac and to guide individualized-medication from the perspective of pharmacogenomics. Twenty-one SNPs of the CYP450 gene were genotyped for both recipients and donors in 373 LT patients receiving Tac-based immunosuppressants...
February 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Young-In Yoon, Gi-Won Song, Sung-Gyu Lee, Shin Hwang, Ki-Hun Kim, Seok-Hwan Kim, Woo-Hyoung Kang, Hwui-Dong Cho, Eun-Kyoung Jwa, Jae-Hyun Kwon, Eun-Young Tak, Varvara A Kirchner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) can simultaneously cure hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and underlying liver cirrhosis, improving long-term results in patients with HCC. ABO-incompatible LDLT could expand the living-donor pool, reduce waiting times for deceased-donor liver transplantation, and improve long-term survival for some patients with HCC. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients undergoing LDLT for HCC from November 2008 to December 2015 at a single institution in Korea...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Paweł Chudoba, Wojciech Krajewski, Joanna Wojciechowska, Dorota Kamińska
BACKGROUND: At present, organ transplantation is the most efficient treatment of end-stage failure of various organs, including the heart, lungs, pancreas, intestines, kidney, and liver. Despite the efforts to use organs from living donors or from donors after circulatory death, most of the organs are recovered from brain dead (BD) donors. METHODS: The Medline and Web of Science databases were searched without time limit on November 2015 using the terms "brain dead donor" and "deceased donor" in conjunction with "transplantation", "graft", "organ", "hemodynamic", "hormonal", or "management"...
December 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Rubén Peña-Vélez, Enory Almanza-Miranda
In pediatrics, autoimmune hepatitis and sclerosing cholangitis are liver disorders with an immunological damage mechanism. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease of unknown etiology characterized by interface hepatitis, hypergammaglobulinemia, circulating autoantibodies and a favorable response to immunosuppression. It is an eminently pediatric disease with a prevalent condition in young women. Therapy should be instituted promptly to prevent rapid deterioration, promote remission of disease and long-term survival...
September 2017: Boletín Médico del Hospital Infantil de México
Eric M Przybyszewski, Elizabeth C Verna, Steven J Lobritto, Mercedes Martinez, Jennifer M Vittorio, Alyson N Fox, Benjamin Samstein, Tomoaki Kato, Adam D Griesemer, Jean C Emond
BACKGROUND: Despite high survival in pediatric living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), only 10% of liver transplants in children in the United States are from living donors, reflecting reluctance to embrace this approach. In addition to optimal timing and graft quality, LDLT may offer immunologic benefit since most donors are haplo-identical parents. We sought to quantify the benefit of LDLT compared to deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT) using granular clinical and immunologic outcomes over the long-term...
January 23, 2018: Transplantation
Raghubendra Singh Dagur, Weimin Wang, Yan Cheng, Edward Makarov, Murali Ganesan, Hiroshi Suemizu, Catherine L Gebhart, Santhi Gorantla, Natalia Osna, Larisa Y Poluektova
HIV-1 infection impairs liver function, and liver diseases have become a leading cause of morbidity in infected patients. The immunopathology of liver damage caused by HIV-1 remains unclear. We used chimeric mice dually reconstituted with a human immune system and hepatocytes to address the relevance of the model to pathobiology questions related to human hepatocytes survival in the presence of systemic infection. TK-NOG males were transplanted with mismatched human hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells and hepatocytes; human albumin concentration and the presence of human immune cells in blood were monitored for hepatocytes and immune reconstitution; and mice were infected with HIV-1...
January 22, 2018: Biology Open
Guillermo D Mazzolini, Mariana Malvicini
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second cause of cancer-related death in the world and is the main cause of death in cirrhotic patients. Unfortunately, the incidence of HCC has grown significantly in the last decade. Curative treatments such as surgery, liver transplantation or percutaneous ablation can only be applied in less than 30% of cases. The multikinase inhibitor sorafenib is the first line therapy for advanced HCC. Regorafenib is the standard of care for second-line patients. However, novel and more specific potent therapeutic approaches for advanced HCC are still needed...
2018: Medicina
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