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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161082/gut-microbiome-and-obesity-how-to-prove-causality
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Philippe Gérard
In recent years, the gut microbiota (the microorganisms that live in our digestive tract) has become an area of great interest. Indeed, this intestinal microbial community performs essential functions in maintaining our health, and has been proven to influence host physiology and metabolism. Thereby, dysregulation of this gut microbiota may be implicated in the development of various diseases, including obesity. However, studies rarely assess causality, which requires the use of germ-free animals and microbiota transplant...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160909/revisiting-chronic-rejection-following-living-donor-liver-transplantation-in-the-tacrolimus-era-a-single-centre-experience
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Narendra Singh Choudhary, Neeraj Saraf, Sanjiv Saigal, Dheeraj Gautam, Amit Rastogi, Sanjay Goja, Prashant Bhangui, Thiagrajan Srinivasan, Sanjay Kumar Yadav, Arvinder Soin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic rejection (CR) is an uncommon but important cause of graft dysfunction, leading to graft loss and often requires re-transplantation. This study evaluates the incidence and outcome of patients with CR at a large living donor liver transplant (LDLT) centre. METHODS: Data of patients with CR was retrospectively analyzed in 1232 adult (age >18 years) LDLT on Tacrolimus (mainly) based immunosuppression. Sirolimus/Everolimus (mTOR inhibitors) were added to baseline immunosuppression as rescue therapy in patients with CR...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160012/near-infrared-spectroscopy-might-be-a-useful-tool-for-predicting-the-risk-of-vascular-complications-after-pediatric-liver-transplants-two-case-reports
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Juntaro Shiba, Masaaki Satoh, Koki Taira, Yasunori Niwa, Soichiro Inoue, Koichi Mizuta, Mamoru Takeuchi
In patients that have undergone liver transplants, a postoperative reduction in the blood flow of the liver graft represents a critical complication. We recently encountered an interesting phenomenon; that is, we found that the rSO2 level of the liver graft, as measured by NIRS, drops in patients that subsequently require an emergency liver biopsy. An 8-month-old female and an 8-month-old male underwent living donor liver transplants for biliary atresia. In both cases, a reduction in rSO2 was detected before an emergency liver biopsy was required...
November 21, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157993/pronase-independent-flow-cytometry-crossmatching-of-rituximab-treated-patients
#4
Mats Alheim, Lars Wennberg, Ann-Charlotte Wikström
ABO-incompatible (ABOi) kidney transplantation has become an established strategy to increase the number of available living donors. At our center, the conditioning protocol for ABOi patients is based on anti-A/B antibody removal and depletion of B cells with the anti-CD20 mAb rituximab (Mabthera®). It is known that even low amounts of remaining rituximab in serum of patients results in false positive B cell cross match results, masking detection of potentially harmful donor human leukocyte antigen (HLA) specific antibodies...
November 17, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157730/donor-and-recipient-perspectives-on-anonymity-in-kidney-donation-from-live-donors-a-multicenter-survey%C3%A2-study
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Dorthe Slaats, Annette Lennerling, Mathilde C Pronk, Karlijn A M I van der Pant, Ine M Dooper, Judith M Wierdsma, Carla Schrauwers, Hannah Maple, Jacqueline van de Wetering, Willem Weimar, Willij C Zuidema, Nizam Mamode, Frank J M F Dor, Emma K Massey
BACKGROUND: Maintaining anonymity is a requirement in the Netherlands and Sweden for kidney donation from live donors in the context of nondirected (or unspecified) and paired exchange (or specified indirect) donation. Despite this policy, some donors and recipients express the desire to know one another. Little empirical evidence informs the debate on anonymity. This study explored the experiences, preferences, and attitudes of donors and recipients toward anonymity. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective observational multicenter study using both qualitative and quantitative methods...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156640/clinical-beneficial-effects-of-using-crystalloid-only-in-recipients-of-living-donor-liver-transplantation
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Chia-Jung Huang, Kwok-Wai Cheng, Chao-Long Chen, Shao-Chun Wu, Tsung-Hsiao Shih, Sheng-Chun Yang, Sin-Ei Juang, Ying-En Lee, Chiu-En Huang, Bruno Jawan, Chih-Hsien Wang
OBJECTIVE: Liver transplantation (LT) is a major surgery associated with intraoperative massive fluid shift, which is usually replaced by crystalloid, 5% albumin (colloid) and blood products. We studied 15 patients from 477 consecutive recipients of adult living donor liver transplantation. Each patient received crystalloid only during LT. Whether LT provides any clinical benefit is not clear and must be determined. METHODS AND PATIENTS: The anesthesia records of 477 adult LDLT were reviewed retrospectively...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155378/50-years-to-gender-parity-can-stem-afford-to-wait-a-cardiologist-and-nih-chief-officer-of-scientific-workforce-diversity-reflects-on-what-it-will-take-to-keep-women-in-biomedicine
#7
Hannah A Valantine
The first spark of my desire to become a cardiologist came, believe it or not, in a third-grade art class where I was asked to draw and color the circulation of blood as depicted by 16th-century English physician William Harvey. This task enraptured me-seeing that something so beautiful could work so flawlessly. So, many years later, I remain intrigued by cardiac transplantation, the subspecialty in which I ultimately chose to anchor my career as a physician scientist. Each day I live in awe of the fact that you can remove someone's organ, place it in another, and still have that organ work beautifully, most of the time...
November 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154411/effect-of-graft-size-matching-on-pediatric-living-donor-liver-transplantation-at-a-single-center
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Jun-Jie Li, Cai-Hua Zu, Shi-Peng Li, Wei Gao, Zhong-Yang Shen, Jin-Zhen Cai
We retrospectively analyzed 252 patients with end-stage liver disease who had undergone LDLT from January 2009 to September 2015. Of these, 25 had a GRWR of <2.0% (Group A), 204 had a GRWR of ≥2.0% or <4.0% (Group B), and 23 had a GRWR ≥4.0% (Group C). The three GRWR groups demonstrated similar characteristics, except for recipient age and recipient BMI. The overall one, two, and three-year graft survival rates were 95.1%, 93.5%, and 93.5%, respectively. However, among the three groups, graft survival rates at one year, two years and three years were significantly different (P=0...
November 20, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152475/use-of-robotics-in-liver-donor-right-hepatectomy
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REVIEW
Po-Da Chen, Chao-Yin Wu, Yao-Ming Wu
Liver transplantation is the best solution for end stage liver disease, and has been widely accepted and rapidly developed in the past decades. Along with the improved outcomes of liver transplantation, living-related donor transplantation has been conducted to overcome the shortage of the deceased donor. The most important aspects of the living-related liver transplantation are donor safety and fast recovery after graft procurement. Meanwhile, the rapid progress of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in general surgery has generated heated debate regarding the appropriateness of MIS in living-related donor graft hepatectomy...
October 2017: Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152105/necdin-modulates-leukemia-initiating-cell-quiescence-and-chemotherapy-response
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Chonghua Yao, Michihiro Kobayashi, Sisi Chen, Sarah C Nabinger, Rui Gao, Stephen Z Liu, Takashi Asai, Yan Liu
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating illness which carries a very poor prognosis, with most patients living less than 18 months. Leukemia relapse may occur because current therapies eliminate proliferating leukemia cells but fail to eradicate quiescent leukemia-initiating cells (LICs) that can reinitiate the disease after a period of latency. While we demonstrated that p53 target gene Necdin maintains hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) quiescence, its roles in LIC quiescence and response to chemotherapy are unclear...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150882/plantar-eumycetoma-by-madurella-mycetomatis-in-a-heart-transplanted-patient-living-in-portugal
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N Cunha, M L Martins, N Fradinho, P Martins, J Cabete
Eumycetoma is a chronic granulomatous fungal infection of dermal and subcutaneous tissue rarely seen in Europe. It is characterized by a painless subcutaneous mass with drainage of macroscopic grains through sinus tracts,(1,2) spreading with severe tissue destruction, including fascia and bone. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
November 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150247/the-adoption-of-a-one-day-donor-assessment-model-in-a-living-kidney-donor-transplant-program-a-quality-improvement-project
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Judi M Graham, Aisling E Courtney
BACKGROUND: Survival of kidney transplants and their recipients is significantly better after living donor than after deceased donor transplantation. However, historically, Northern Ireland has had a low rate of living donor kidney transplantation. The length and complexity of donor evaluation has been one of the main factors contributing to this pattern. STUDY DESIGN: Quality improvement project. SETTINGS & PARTICIPANTS: All people in Northern Ireland expressing an interest in becoming a living kidney donor between 2010 and 2015...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150006/genome-engineering-using-haploid-embryonic-stem-cells
#13
Takuro Horii, Izuho Hatada
Haploidy is a useful feature for the study of gene function because disruption of one allele in haploid cells, which contain only a single set of chromosomes, can cause loss-of-function phenotypes. Recent success in generating haploid embryonic stem (ES) cells from several mammalian species, including human, provides a new platform for simple genetic manipulation of the mammalian genome. The genome-editing potential of the CRISPR/Cas system is enhanced by the use of haploid ES cells. For example, CRISPR/Cas has been used for high-efficiency generation of multiple knockouts and knockins in haploid ES cells, with potential application in genome-wide screening...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149975/clinical-outcomes-of-living-liver-transplantation-according-to-the-presence-of-sarcopenia-as-defined-by-skeletal-muscle-mass-hand-grip-and-gait-speed
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N Harimoto, T Yoshizumi, T Izumi, T Motomura, N Harada, S Itoh, T Ikegami, H Uchiyama, Y Soejima, A Nishie, T Kamishima, R Kusaba, K Shirabe, Y Maehara
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is an independent predictor of death after living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT). However, the ability of the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia criteria for sarcopenia (defined as reduced skeletal muscle mass plus low muscle strength) to predict surgical outcomes in patients who have undergone LDLT has not been determined. METHODS: This study prospectively enrolled 366 patients who underwent LDLT at Kyushu University Hospital. Skeletal muscle area (determined by computed tomography), hand-grip strength, and gait speed were measured in 102 patients before LDLT...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149971/fibrinolysis-in-living-donor-liver-transplantation-recipients-evaluated-using-thromboelastometry-impact-on-mortality
#15
T Shimauchi, K Yamaura, M Higashi, K Abe, T Yoshizumi, S Hoka
BACKGROUND: Inadequate hemostasis during living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is mainly due to coagulopathy but may also include fibrinolysis. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of fibrinolysis and assess its relevance to mortality in LDLT. METHODS: The incidence and prognosis of fibrinolysis were retrospectively studied in 76 patients who underwent LDLT between April 2010 and February 2013. Fibrinolysis was evaluated and defined by maximum lysis (ML) >15% within a 60-minute run time using thromboelastometry (ROTEM)...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149965/comparision-of-ureteral-stent-colonization-between-deceased-and-live-donor-renal-transplant-recipients
#16
M Sarier, D Seyman, S Tekin, I Duman, B Uygun, M Demir, E Kukul, A H Yavuz
BACKGROUND: The use of a ureteral stent can cause a urinary tract infection (UTI), although it reduces urologic complications. UTIs are associated with a higher rate of ureteral stent colonization (USC). The aim of this study was to compare USC in living and deceased donor renal transplant recipients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of 48 patients who underwent renal transplantation between January and December 2016. The stents were removed aseptically, the inner surface of proximal and distal ends of stents were irrigated with liquid culture medium, and then they were vortexed for bacteriological investigation...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149964/chikungunya-infection-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients
#17
E S Girão, B G Rodrigues Dos Santos, E S do Amaral, P E G Costa, K B Pereira, A H de Araujo Filho, E B Hyppolito, M U Mota, L C B F Marques, C M Costa de Oliveira, S L da Silva, J H P Garcia, P F C B C Fernandes
BACKGROUND: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an emerging mosquito-borne disease that causes acute febrile polyarthralgia and arthritis. CHIKV has spread rapidly to the Americas and, in Brazil, autochthonous cases are increasingly been reported. Solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients who travel to or live in CHIKV endemic areas are under high risk of acquiring the disease. Few data exist regarding the clinical characteristics of CHIKV infections in this population. We report the first case series of CHIKV infection in SOT recipients...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149954/preoperative-risk-factors-associated-with-urinary-complications-after-kidney-transplantation
#18
T Bessede, Y Hammoudi, D Bedretdinova, B Parier, H Francois, A Durrbach, G Benoit
BACKGROUND: Only surgically irrelevant risk factors including sex, African-American ancestry, or exceptional U-stitch anastomosis have been identified to associate with urinary complications after kidney transplantation. The objective was to identify modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors associated with urinary complications after kidney transplantation. METHODS: A single-center study of 3,129 kidney transplants performed over 40 years was conducted to identify independent risk factors using χ(2) tests and logistic regression analysis...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149952/financial-impact-of-incidental-radiologic-findings-during-living-kidney-donor-evaluation
#19
A Mutneja, L Saling, M Yano, A Vijayan
Living kidney donor (LKD) transplantation is an important alternative for the end-stage renal disease population and is preferred due to superior outcomes when compared with dialysis or deceased donor transplantation. LKD evaluation includes a computed tomography angiogram (CTA) for assessment of renal and renovascular anatomy. Incidental nonrenal findings are frequently noted during the CTAs, and these may have variable clinical significance. These incidental findings lead to further testing, procedures, and referrals, which incur additional cost...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149950/structural-and-functional-adaptation-of-the-remnant-kidney-after-living-kidney-donation-long-term-follow-up
#20
M Meier, J Winterhoff, L Fricke, H Lehnert, M Nitschke
OBJECTIVE: Several adjustments occur after nephrectomy (NT) in the donor's remnant kidney. We investigated kidney donors 10 years after NT and compared several parameters before and after transplantation. METHODS: A total of 42 kidney donors of the University of Luebeck's Transplant Center were scheduled for a 10-year follow-up and were offered several investigations: laboratory tests, urinalysis and kidney ultrasound examination including determination of kidney volume (KV), resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI)...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
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