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antibody or humeral rejection post renal transplantation

Geraldine Miller, Heidi Schaefer, Sandra Yoder, Rachel Miller, Patricia Winokur, Karen Kotloff, David Klassen, Michael Wierzbicki, Cyrille Amegashie, Kathryn Edwards
BACKGROUND: Solid organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for reactivation of herpes zoster, or shingles, and have a higher frequency of serious complications including post-herpetic neuralgia. A live, attenuated shingles vaccine is effective and approved for individuals 50 years and older. The vaccine is contraindicated following transplantation but may be used in patients with renal failure. Utilization of the vaccine has been poor in patients with end-stage renal disease, including those awaiting transplant, due to concerns for safety, efficacy, and potential sensitization prior to transplant...
March 7, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Anne I Dipchand
Pediatric heart transplantation is standard of care for children with end-stage heart failure. The diverse age range, diagnoses, and practice variations continue to challenge the development of evidence-based practices and new technologies. Outcomes in the most recent era are excellent, especially with the more widespread use of ventricular assist devices (VADs). Waitlist mortality remains high and knowledge of risk factors for death while waiting and following transplantation contributes to decision-making around transplant candidacy and timing of listing...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Alexander Fichtner, Caner Süsal, Claudia Schröder, Britta Höcker, Susanne Rieger, Rüdiger Waldherr, Jens H Westhoff, Anja Sander, Duska Dragun, Burkhard Tönshoff
Background: We analysed in a carefully phenotyped cohort of paediatric patients the association of serum angiotensin II type 1 receptor antibodies (AT1R-Ab) with specific histological lesions and with graft function and survival in conjunction with overall and complement-binding donor-specific human leucocyte antigen donor-specific antibodies (HLA-DSA). Methods: Sera of 62 patients at the time of renal graft biopsy for clinical indication >1 year post-transplant were assessed for AT1R-Ab by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and for DSA and C1q-fixing DSA by single-antigen bead technology...
February 12, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
P West-Thielke, K Progar, M Campara, N Jasiak, L Gallon, I Tang, M Spaggiari, I Tzvetanov, E Benedetti
Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) is one of the leading causes of allograft failure especially in patients undergoing ABO-incompatible (ABOi) renal transplantation. We hypothesized that complement inhibition with eculizumab, a C5 inhibitor, would protect against AMR and maintain graft function in ABOi renal transplant recipients. Four patients undergoing living donor kidney transplant from ABOi donors were treated with a 9-week eculizumab course without therapeutic plasma exchange, intravenous immunoglobulin, or splenectomy...
January 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
Sidharth Kumar Sethi, Shyam Bihari Bansal, Nikita Wadhwani, Aseem Tiwari, Dinesh Arora, Reetesh Sharma, Ashish Nandwani, Dinesh Kumar Yadav, Amit Kumar Mahapatra, Manish Jain, Pranaw Jha, Prasun Ghosh, Anil Bhan, Maninder Dhaliwal, Veena Raghunathan, Vijay Kher
Recent literature has endorsed favorable outcomes following ABOi kidney transplantation in pediatric population. Nevertheless, reluctance to pursue an ABOi still remains pervasive. This could be ascribed to various legitimate reasons, namely less extensive pediatric ABOi data, technical difficulties encountered during PP, cost restraints, and concerns regarding higher rates of antibody-mediated rejection, infectious complications, and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder as compared to adults. However, given the similar excellent outcomes of both ABOi and ABOc kidney transplantation, clinicians should consider this option sooner if a compatible donor or swap is not available...
January 30, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Justa Friebus-Kardash, Benjamin Wilde, Deniz Keles, Andreas Heinold, Andreas Kribben, Oliver Witzke, Falko Markus Heinemann, Ute Eisenberger
BACKGROUND: The essential function of B cell-activating factor (BAFF) is regulating the survival and differentiation of B cells. The link between pretransplant BAFF levels and pretransplant alloimmunization and its value to predict subsequent acute antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and outcome after renal transplantation is not fully understood. METHODS: Objective of our retrospective single-center study was to determine, by ELISA analysis of pretransplant serum BAFF levels in 249 patients undergoing renal transplantation, association between preformed anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies, occurrence of acute antibody mediated rejection (AMR) and renal allograft survival...
December 22, 2017: Transplant Immunology
Vasishta S Tatapudi, Robert A Montgomery
Purpose of Review: Over the past two decades, significant strides made in our understanding of the etiology of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in transplantation have put the complement system in the spotlight. Here, we review recent progress made in the field of pharmacologic complement inhibition in clinical transplantation and aim to understand the impact of this therapeutic approach on outcomes in transplant recipients. Recent Findings: Encouraged by the success of agents targeting the complement cascade in disorders of unrestrained complement activation like paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), investigators are testing the safety and efficacy of pharmacologic complement blockade in mitigating allograft injury in conditions ranging from AMR to recurrent post-transplant aHUS, C3 glomerulopathies and antiphospholipid anti-body syndrome (APS)...
2017: Current Transplantation Reports
Yanli Ding, Jean Francis, Amitabh Gautam, Linda Pelletier, Vaishali Sanchorawala, Karen Quillen
Late occurrence of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR), defined as occurring 6 months after transplantation, is associated with poor renal allograft survival, compared to early acute AMR and acute cellular rejection. The proteasome inhibitor bortezomib has multiple immunomodulatory effects on plasma cells, the source of donor-specific HLA antibodies which mediate AMR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients who presented with biopsy-proven AMR and donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (DSA) at a single institution between July 2011 and February 2015 were included...
December 6, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
Marion Rabant, Fanny Boullenger, Viviane Gnemmi, Gaëlle Pellé, François Glowacki, Alexandre Hertig, Isabelle Brocheriou, Caroline Suberbielle, Jean-Luc Taupin, Dany Anglicheau, Christophe Legendre, Jean-Paul Duong Van Huyen, David Buob
Isolated v-lesion (IvL) represents a rare and challenging situation in renal allograft biopsies because it is unknown whether IvL truly represents rejection, antibody- or T cell-mediated, or not. This multicentric retrospective study describes the clinicopathological features of IvL with an emphasis on the donor-specific antibody (DSA) status, histological follow-up, and graft survival. Inclusion criteria were the presence of v-lesion with minimal interstitial (i ≤ 1) and microvascular inflammation (g + ptc≤1)...
December 5, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
Justin A Steggerda, Irene K Kim, Mark Haas, Xiaohai Zhang, Alexis Kang, Helen Pizzo, Elaine Kamil, Stanley Jordan, Dechu Puliyanda
Preformed and de novo donor specific antibodies (pDSA and dnDSA) are risk factors for ABMR. This study compares the effects of pDSA vs dnDSA in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Sixteen pediatric patients with biopsy-proven ABMR were evaluated. Strong DSA (MFI >10 000) was recorded at transplant, rejection, and follow-up. DSAs with the highest MFI were termed iDSAs. Allograft biopsies were scored according to Banff 2013 criteria. Seven of 16 (44%) patients had pDSA at transplant; 9 (56%) developed dnDSA...
December 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
Neetika Garg, Helmut G Rennke, Martha Pavlakis, Kambiz Zandi-Nejad
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a serious complication of transplantation that adversely affects kidney transplant recipient and allograft survival. Post-transplant TMA is usually classified into two categories: 1) recurrent TMA and 2) de novo TMA. Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) resulting from dysregulation and over-activation of the alternate complement pathway is a rare disease but the most common diagnosis associated with recurrence in the allografts. De novo TMA, on the other hand, represents an overwhelming majority of the cases of post-transplant TMA and is a substantially more heterogeneous entity than recurrent aHUS...
January 2018: Transplantation Reviews
Safak Mirioglu, Yasar Caliskan, Yagmur Goksoy, Sibel Gulcicek, Yasemin Ozluk, Irem Sarihan, Nurhan Seyahi, Isin Kilicaslan, Aydin Turkmen, Mehmet Sukru Sever
PURPOSE: In this retrospective study with case-control design, we aimed to determine the clinical and pathological characteristics of post-transplant glomerulonephritis (GN), and their effects on transplant recipients. METHODS: One hundred and twenty renal transplant recipients with biopsy-proven recurrent or de novo primary GN were compared with two matched control groups including 120 transplant recipients with nonrecurrent primary GN (nonrecurrent GN group) and 120 transplant recipients with non-GN etiology (non-GN group)...
December 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
Stephen P Persaud, Brian Duffy, Donna L Phelan, Thalachallour Mohanakumar, Rowena Delos Santos, Joseph P Gaut, Chang Liu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate immunological mechanisms underlying accelerated antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) of a living-related renal allograft in a patient with no detectable antibodies to donor human leukocyte antigens (HLA) in pre-transplant sera. METHODS: Pre- and post-transplant HLA antibody specificities were determined by single-antigen bead assay, and crossmatching was performed by flow cytometry- and complement-dependent cytotoxicity-based methods. Intermediate- and high-resolution HLA typing were performed by molecular methods...
November 2017: Human Immunology
Belkis Erbas
Renal transplantation is the best treatment of choice for patient with chronic renal insufficiency because it provides better quality of life and longer survival. Survival rates for grafts and patients have improved over the recent decades because of significant evolution of surgical techniques and immunosuppressive treatment. However, renal transplantation is still associated with several complications, which may result in poor outcome. Cause of allograft dysfunction, which occurs in the early or late post-transplantation period, should be recognized immediately, so that it can be managed correctly...
November 2017: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
Francois Gougeon, Alexei V Mikhailov, Keisha Gibson, Tomasz Kozlowski, Harsharan K Singh, Volker Nickeleit
A 5-year-old severely growth-retarded child with tubulointerstitial, oliguric end-stage renal disease received an adult-size kidney transplant. Three years post grafting under standard triple immunosuppression (mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus, and prednisone) de novo nephrotic range proteinuria without the nephrotic syndrome developed. Graft function was normal (serum creatinine: 0.2 - 0.3 mg/dL), there were no donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA), and the urine sediment was inactive. Two biopsies collected 3 and 4 years post-transplantation showed severe glomerular capillary wall remodeling and associated pseudolinear C4d staining as morphologic correlates for the proteinuria...
September 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
Meghan H Pearl, Qiuheng Zhang, Miguel Fernando Palma Diaz, Jonathan Grotts, Maura Rossetti, David Elashoff, David W Gjertson, Patricia Weng, Elaine F Reed, Eileen Tsai Chambers
Angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) antibody has been linked to poor allograft outcomes in adult kidney transplantation. However, its clinical consequences in children are unknown. To study this, we examined the relationship of AT1R antibody with clinical outcomes, biopsy findings, inflammatory cytokines, and HLA donor-specific antibodies (DSA) in a cohort of pediatric renal transplant recipients. Sixty-five patients were longitudinally monitored for AT1R antibody, HLA DSA, IL-8, TNF-α, IL-1β, IFN-γ, IL-17, and IL-6, renal dysfunction, hypertension, rejection, and allograft loss during the first two years post transplantation...
January 2018: Kidney International
Charlène Levi, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Julien Zuber, Marion Rabant, Magali Devriese, Renaud Snanoudj, Anne Scemla, Lucile Amrouche, Arnaud Mejean, Christophe Legendre, Rebecca Sberro-Soussan
BACKGROUND: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is an orphan disease with a high rate of recurrence after kidney transplantation. However, reports of successful prevention of posttransplant aHUS recurrence with eculizumab emerged a few years ago. To further delineate its optimal use, we describe the largest series of kidney transplant recipients treated with prophylactic eculizumab. METHODS: Twelve renal transplant recipients with aHUS-related end-stage renal disease received eculizumab: 10 from day 0 and 2 at the time of recurrence (days 6 and 25)...
December 2017: Transplantation
Damien Noone, Rae S M Yeung, Diane Hebert
OBJECTIVES: Data on kidney transplant outcomes for pediatric patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) secondary to anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody glomerulonephritis (ANCA GN), particularly granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), is limited. We describe our experience of kidney transplantation in pediatric ANCA GN patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients with ANCA GN who developed ESRD and were transplanted at a single center between the years 2000 and 2014...
December 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
J A Steggerda, A Kang, S-H Pan, V Sundaram, N N Nissen, A S Klein, T Todo, A Annamalai, A Vo, S C Jordan, I K Kim
BACKGROUND: Preformed donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies (DSAs) in patients undergoing simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation (SLKT) are an independent risk factor for poorer patient and renal allograft survival. The outcomes of patients highly sensitized (HS) against HLA antigens undergoing SLKT and select HS SLKT recipients undergoing desensitization at a high-volume desensitization center were investigated. METHODS: Seventy-five patients undergoing SLKT at a high-volume desensitization center between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2015, were retrospectively reviewed...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
Seung Hwan Song, Juhan Lee, Beom Seok Kim, Sinyoung Kim, Jae Geun Lee, Hyeon Joo Jeong, Yu Seun Kim, Myoung Soo Kim, Hyun Ok Kim, Soon Il Kim, Kyu Ha Huh
AIMS: ABO-incompatible (ABOi) kidney transplantation (KT) is being increasingly performed to overcome donor shortages. However, debate persists regarding the post-transplant outcomes of ABOi KT vs. that of ABO-compatible (ABOc) KT. METHODS: A total 454 recipients who underwent living-donor KT (LDKT) between June 2010 and July 2014 at Severance Hospital (Seoul) were retrospectively reviewed. 100 ABOi and 354 ABOc KTs were compared. Recipients with a pretransplant positive crossmatch to their donors, pretransplant donor-specific anti-HLA antibody (DSA), or high panel reactive antibody (PRA ≥ 50%) were excluded from both the ABOi and ABOc KT groups...
September 2017: Clinical Nephrology
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