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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915440/liver-steatosis-in-pre-transplant-liver-biopsies-can-be-quantified-rapidly-and-accurately-by-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-analysis
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Stefanie Bertram, Cathrin Myland, Sandra Swoboda, Anja Gallinat, Thomas Minor, Nils Lehmann, Michael Thie, Julia Kälsch, Leona Pott, Ali Canbay, Thomas Bajanowski, Henning Reis, Andreas Paul, Hideo A Baba
Donor livers marginally acceptable or acceptable according to extended criteria are more frequently transplanted due to the growing discrepancy between demand and availability of donor organs. One type of marginally acceptable graft is a steatotic donor liver, because it is more sensitive to ischemia-reperfusion injury. Thus, quantitative assessment of steatosis is crucial prior to liver transplantation. Extent of steatosis of 49 pre-reperfusion liver biopsies from patients who received orthotopic liver transplantation was assessed by three techniques: semi-quantitative histological evaluation, computerized histomorphometry, and NMR-based estimation of fat content...
December 3, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914967/survival-advantage-and-comparable-toxicity-in-reduced-toxicity-treosulfan-based-vs-reduced-intensity-busulfan-based-conditioning-regimen-in-mds-and-aml-patients-post-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
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Ioanna Sakellari, Despina Mallouri, Eleni Gavriilaki, Ioannis Batsis, Maria Kaliou, Varnavas Constantinou, Apostolia Papalexandri, Chrysavgi Lalayanni, Chrysanthi Vadikolia, Anastasia Athanasiadou, Evangelia Yannaki, Damianos Sotiropoulos, Christos Smias, Achilles Anagnostopoulos
Treosulfan has been incorporated in conditioning regimens for sustained remissions without substantial toxicity and treatment related mortality (TRM). We aimed to analyze the safety and efficacy of FluTreo conditioning regimen (fludarabine 150mg/m(2), treosulfan 42g/m(2)) in medically infirm patients. Patients' outcome was compared with a similar historical group treated with FluBuATG (fludarabine 150-180mg/m(2), busulfex 6.4mg/Kg, thymoglobulin-ATG 5-7.5mg/kg). Thirty one consecutive patients suffering from AML (21), MDS (6) or treatment-related AML (4) received FluTreo conditioning...
November 30, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914923/alloantigen-gene-transfer-to-hepatocytes-promotes-tolerance-to-pancreatic-islet-graft-by-inducing-cd8-regulatory-t-cells
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Valentin Le Guen, Jean-Paul Judor, Françoise Boeffard, Vanessa Gauttier, Nicolas Ferry, Jean-Paul Soulillou, Sophie Brouard, Sophie Conchon
BACKGROUND & AIM: Induction of donor-specific immune tolerance is a good alternative to chronic life-long immunosuppression for transplant patients. Donor major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules represent the main targets of the allogeneic immune response of transplant recipients. Liver-targeted gene transfer with viral vectors induces tolerance toward the encoded antigen. The aim of this work was to determine whether alloantigen gene transfer to hepatocytes induces tolerance and promotes graft acceptance...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914702/renal-xenotransplantation-experimental-progress-and-clinical-prospects
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Martin Wijkstrom, Hayato Iwase, Wayne Paris, Hidetaka Hara, Mohamed Ezzelarab, David K C Cooper
There are >100,000 patients waiting for kidney transplants in the United States and a vast need worldwide. Xenotransplantation, in the form of the transplantation of kidneys from genetically engineered pigs, offers the possibility of overcoming the chronic shortage of deceased and living human donors. These genetic manipulations can take the form of (i) knockout of pig genes that are responsible for the expression of antigens against which the primate (human or nonhuman primate) has natural "preformed" antibodies that bind and initiate complement-mediated destruction or (ii) the insertion of human transgenes that provide protection against the human complement, coagulation, or inflammatory responses...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914462/recombinant-mhc-tetramers-for-isolation-of-virus-specific-cd8-cells-from-healthy-donors-potential-approach-for-cell-therapy-of-posttransplant-cytomegalovirus-infection
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A S Vdovin, S Y Filkin, P R Yefimova, S A Sheetikov, N M Kapranov, Y O Davydova, E S Egorov, E G Khamaganova, M Y Drokov, L A Kuzmina, E N Parovichnikova, G A Efimov, V G Savchenko
Patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have a high risk of cytomegalovirus reactivation, which in the absence of T-cell immunity can result in the development of an acute inflammatory reaction and damage of internal organs. Transfusion of the virus-specific donor T-lymphocytes represents an alternative to a highly toxic and often ineffective antiviral therapy. Potentially promising cell therapy approach comprises transfusion of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, specific to the viral antigens, immediately after their isolation from the donor's blood circulation without any in vitro expansion...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913812/association-between-cytokines-and-their-receptor-antagonist-gene-polymorphisms-and-clinical-risk-factors-and-acute-rejection-following-renal-transplantation
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SIqing Ding, Jianfei Xie, Qiquan Wan
BACKGROUND Acute rejection (AR) after renal transplantation affects both patient and graft survival. There is growing evidence of the genetic association between cytokine or its receptor antagonist and AR in solid organ transplantation. The objectives of this study were to investigate the role of recipient TNF β, IL-10, IL-1β, and IL-1 receptor antagonist (ra) gene polymorphism, as well as traditional clinical variables such as panel-reactive antibody (PRA) levels, donor type, and HLA mismatches in AR following renal transplantation...
December 3, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913515/cellular-immune-responses-in-red-blood-cell-alloimmunization
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James C Zimring, Krystalyn E Hudson
In excess of 340 blood group antigens have now been described that vary between individuals. Thus, any unit of blood that is nonautologous represents a significant dose of alloantigen. Most blood group antigens are proteins, which differ by a single amino acid between donors and recipients. Approximately 1 out of every 70 individuals are transfused each year (in the United States alone), which leads to antibody responses to red blood cell (RBC) alloantigens in some transfusion recipients. When alloantibodies are formed, in many cases, RBCs expressing the antigen in question can no longer be safely transfused...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910193/use-of-organs-from-donors-with-bloodstream-infection-pneumonia-and-influenza-results-of-a-survey-of-infectious-diseases-practitioners
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Sanjay R Mehta, Cathy Logan, Camille N Kotton, Deepali Kumar, Saima Aslam
BACKGROUND: Potential organ donors may be admitted with an infection to an intensive care unit, or contract a nosocomial infection during their stay, increasing the risk of potential transmission to the recipient. Because of a lack of practice guidelines and large-scale data on this topic, we undertook a survey to assess the willingness of transplant infectious diseases (ID) physicians to accept such organs. METHODS: We performed a 10-question survey of ID providers from the American Society of Transplantation Infectious Disease Community of Practice to determine the scope of practice regarding acceptance of organs from donors with bloodstream infection, pneumonia, and influenza prior to organ procurement, as well as management of such infections following transplantation...
December 2, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910141/photocatalytic-hydrogen-evolution-driven-by-fefe-hydrogenase-models-tethered-to-fluorene-and-silafluorene-sensitizers
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Roman Goy, Luca Bertini, Tobias Rudolph, Shu Lin, Martin Schulz, Giuseppe Zampella, Benjamin Dietzek, Felix H Schacher, Luca De Gioia, Ken Sakai, Wolfgang Weigand
It is successfully shown that photocatalytic proton reduction to dihydrogen in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor, such as trimethylamine (TEA) and ascorbate, can be driven by compact sensitizer-catalyst dyads, that is, dithiolate-bridged [FeFe] hydrogenase models tethered to organic sensitizers, such as fluorenes and silafluorenes (1 a-4 a). The sensitizer-catalyst dyads 1 a-4 a show remarkable and promising catalytic activities as well as enhanced stabilities during photocatalysis performed under UV-light irradiation...
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909745/dechlorination-of-three-tetrachlorobenzene-isomers-by-contaminated-harbor-sludge-derived-enrichment-cultures-follows-thermodynamically-favorable-reactions
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Yue Lu, Javier Ramiro-Garcia, Pieter Vandermeeren, Steffi Herrmann, Danuta Cichocka, Dirk Springael, Siavash Atashgahi, Hauke Smidt
Dechlorination patterns of three tetrachlorobenzene isomers, 1,2,3,4-, 1,2,3,5-, and 1,2,4,5-TeCB, were studied in anoxic microcosms derived from contaminated harbor sludge. The removal of doubly, singly, and un-flanked chlorine atoms was noted in 1,2,3,4- and 1,2,3,5-TeCB fed microcosms, whereas only singly flanked chlorine was removed in 1,2,4,5-TeCB microcosms. The thermodynamically more favorable reactions were selectively followed by the enriched cultures with di- and/or mono-chlorobenzene as the main end products of the reductive dechlorination of all three isomers...
December 1, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909438/donor-specific-regulatory-t-cells-acquired-from-tolerant-mice-bearing-cardiac-allograft-promote-mixed-chimerism-and-prolong-intestinal-allograft-survival
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Xiao-Fei Shen, Jin-Peng Jiang, Jian-Jun Yang, Wei-Zhong Wang, Wen-Xian Guan, Jun-Feng Du
The induction of donor-specific transplant tolerance has always been a central problem for small bowel transplantation (SBT), which is thought to be the best therapy for end-stage bowel failure. With the development of new tolerance-inducing strategies, mixed chimerism induced by co-stimulation blockade has become most potent for tolerance of allografts, such as skin, kidney, and heart. However, a lack of clinically available co-stimulation blockers has hindered efficient application in humans. Furthermore, unlike those for other types of solid organ transplantation, strategies to induce robust mixed chimerism for intestinal allografts have not been fully developed...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909215/cure-for-thalassemia-major-from-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-to-gene-therapy
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Alok Srivastava, Ramachandran V Shaji
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been established for several decades as a gene replacement therapy for patients with thalassemia major and now offers very high rates of cure to those who are able to access this therapy. Outcomes have improved tremendously over the last decade even in high-risk patients. The limited data available suggests that the long-term outcome is also excellent with >90% survival but for best results, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation should be offered early before any end organ damage occurs...
December 1, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908471/-removal-and-transplant-synchronised-surgical-procedures
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Jacques Hubert, Luc Frimat
Since 2001, the team of the organ and tissue procurement unit of Nancy general hospital has practised the minimally invasive laparoscopic organ removal procedure through robot-assisted surgery. Here the team shares its expertise in the area of kidney removal from a living donor. Perfectly synchronised with the procedure of the team in charge of the transplant, the surgical stages are carried out in sequence ensuring optimal safety for the donor and recipient.
December 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908469/-ethics-and-kidney-transplants-with-living-donors
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Marie-France Mamzer Bruneel
The ethical debate surrounding transplant practices questions our societies. International recommendations set out numerous precautions which must be taken to ensure that donors act with their free will. While in most countries, including France, organ donation is a voluntary and non-commercial act, a black market exists in the world resulting in the trafficking of organs and tragic transplant tourism.
December 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908467/-towards-the-development-of-living-donor-kidney-transplantation
#15
Marie-Alice Macher
Living donor kidney transplantation has been increasing since 2008. Living donors represent a significant potential for organ transplants, in a context where the needs outstrip the availability of organs from deceased donors. However, patients are still poorly informed regarding the conditions in which these transplants are possible.
December 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906834/successful-continuation-of-hcv-treatment-following-liver-transplantation
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Carlos Fernández Carrillo, Gonzalo Crespo, Juan de la Revilla, Lluís Castells, Maria Buti, José Luis Montero, Emilio Fábrega, Inmaculada Fernández, Cristina Serrano-Millán, Victoria Hernández, José Luis Calleja, María-Carlota Londoño
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend that patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related liver disease be treated for HCV before liver transplant (LT) to eliminate the virus prior to surgery. However, the unpredictability of donor organ availability may limit treatment duration. Interruption of HCV treatment with resumption post-LT is one potential solution which has not been investigated widely. METHODS: Patients from 5 clinical centres included in the large, national, noninterventional Hepa-C registry who started treatment with direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) while awaiting LT were identified retrospectively and followed up prospectively...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906828/presence-of-cytotoxic-extracellular-histones-in-machine-perfusate-of-donation-after-circulatory-death-kidneys
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Tim C van Smaalen, Daniëlle M H Beurskens, E R Pieter Hoogland, Bjorn Winkens, Maarten H L Christiaans, Chris P Reutelingsperger, L W Ernest van Heurn, Gerry A F Nicolaes
BACKGROUND: Extracellular histones are cytotoxic molecules that are related to cell stress and death. They have been shown to play a crucial role in multiple pathophysiologic processes like sepsis, inflammation, vascular dysfunction and thrombosis. Their role in organ donation and graft function and survival is still unknown. The aim of this study was to assess whether an association exists between the presence of extracellular histones in machine perfusates and deceased donor kidney viability...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906775/improving-liver-allocation-using-optimized-neighborhoods
#18
Vikram Kilambi, Sanjay Mehrotra
BACKGROUND: Geographic disparities persist in access to liver transplantation. Candidates with similar urgency experience varying opportunities for transplants across the US. Policymakers are poised to act and 1 proposal entails reorganizing the current OPTN of 11 regions into 8 districts. However, redistricting has the shortcomings that OPOs are disconnected from their immediate neighbors by district borders and that it is not easily responsive to uncertainty resulting from variability in donor and listing rates...
October 7, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905397/11-4-efficiency-non-fullerene-polymer-solar-cells-with-trialkylsilyl-substituted-2d-conjugated-polymer-as-donor
#19
Haijun Bin, Liang Gao, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Yankang Yang, Yindong Zhang, Chunfeng Zhang, Shanshan Chen, Lingwei Xue, Changduk Yang, Min Xiao, Yongfang Li
Simutaneously high open circuit voltage and high short circuit current density is a big challenge for achieving high efficiency polymer solar cells due to the excitonic nature of organic semdonductors. Herein, we developed a trialkylsilyl substituted 2D-conjugated polymer with the highest occupied molecular orbital level down-shifted by Si-C bond interaction. The polymer solar cells obtained by pairing this polymer with a non-fullerene acceptor demonstrated a high power conversion efficiency of 11.41% with both high open circuit voltage of 0...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902502/zika-virus-and-patient-blood-management
#20
Lawrence T Goodnough, Marisa B Marques
Sporadic Zika virus infections had only occurred in Africa and Asia until an outbreak in Micronesia (Oceania) in 2007. In 2013 to 2014, several outer Pacific Islands reported local outbreaks. Soon thereafter, the virus was likely introduced in Brazil from competing athletes from French Polynesia and other countries that participated in a competition there. Transmission is thought to have occurred through mosquito bites and spread to the immunologically naive population. Being also a flavivirus, the Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito that is endemic in South and Central America that is also the vector of West Nile virus, dengue, and chikungunya...
November 29, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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