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Transplantation induction therapies

Y Qazi, D Shaffer, B Kaplan, D Kim, F L Luan, V R Peddi, F Shihab, S Tomlanovich, S Yilmaz, K McCague, D Patel, S Mulgaonkar
In this 12-month, multicenter, randomized, open-label, non-inferiority study, de novo renal transplant recipients (RTxRs) were randomized (1:1) to receive everolimus plus low-dose tacrolimus (EVR+LTac) or mycophenolate mofetil plus standard-dose Tac (MMF+STac) with induction therapy (basiliximab or rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin). Non-inferiority of composite efficacy failure rate (tBPAR/graft loss/death/loss to follow-up) in EVR+LTac versus MMF+STac, was missed by 1.4% considering the non-inferiority margin of 10% (24...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Sanjay K Agarwal, Dipankar Bhowmik, Sandeep Mahajan, Soumita Bagchi
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in renal transplant recipient (RTR). Immunosuppressive drugs are one of the most important risk factor for post-transplant tuberculosis (PTTB). A paucity of data exists about the impact of the type of calcineurin inhibitor on PTTB. METHODS: In this retrospective study, all adult patients on calcineurin inhibitor-based immunosuppression were included. Patients receiving TB chemoprophylaxis were excluded...
October 24, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
A Antar, Z K Otrock, J El-Cheikh, M A Kharfan-Dabaja, G Battipaglia, R Mahfouz, M Mohty, A Bazarbachi
FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) is one of the most commonly mutated genes in AML. FLT3 is mutated in ~30% of patients with AML, either by internal tandem duplications (FLT3-ITD) of the juxta-membrane domain or by a point mutation, usually involving the tyrosine kinase domain. Several FLT3 tyrosine kinase inhibitors are being evaluated in multiple studies aiming at improving outcomes. The most widely used is sorafenib, a potent multikinase inhibitor approved for hepatocellular carcinoma and renal cell carcinoma...
October 24, 2016: Bone Marrow Transplantation
S Y Zhu, P L Wang, C S Liao, Y Q Yang, C Y Yuan, S Wang, W L Dissanayaka, B C Heng, C F Zhang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The goal of periodontal therapy is to regenerate/reconstruct the damaged supporting tissues of diseased teeth and to facilitate recovery of their physiological functions. Combination of stem cell transplantation and gene therapy offers a viable method for accelerating periodontal repair and regeneration. In this study, the role of the ephrinB2/EphB4 signaling pathway in regulating osteogenic differentiation of periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) and crosstalk between PDLSCs and pre-osteoblasts within co-culture was investigated through ephrinB2 transgenic expression in PDLSCs...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Periodontal Research
Jie Qin, Yusuke Arakawa, Miwa Morita, John J Fung, Shiguang Qian, Lina Lu
BACKGROUND: Islet transplantation is a promising therapeutic approach for restore the physical response to blood glucose in type 1 diabetes. Current chronic use of immunosuppressive reagents for preventing islet allograft rejection is associated with severe complications. In addition, many of the immunosuppressive drugs are diabetogenic. The induction of transplant tolerance to eliminate the dependency on immunosuppression is ideal, but remains challenging. METHODS: Addition of hepatic stellate cells allowed generation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) from precursors in mouse bone marrow...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
Cláudia C Miranda, Tiago G Fernandes, M Margarida Diogo, Joaquim M S Cabral
The demand of high cell numbers for applications in cellular therapies and drug screening requires the development of scalable platforms capable to generating highly pure populations of tissue-specific cells from human pluripotent stem cells. In this work, we describe the scaling-up of an aggregate-based culture system for neural induction of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) under chemically-defined conditions. A combination of non-enzymatic dissociation and rotary agitation was successfully used to produce homogeneous populations of hiPSC aggregates with an optimal (140 μm) and narrow distribution of diameters (coefficient of variation of 21...
October 18, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
Michael Medinger, Claudia Lengerke, Jakob Passweg
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a biologically complex and molecularly and clinically heterogeneous disease, and its incidence is increasing as the population ages. Cytogenetic anomalies and mutation testing remain important prognostic tools for tailoring treatment after induction therapy. Despite major advances in understanding the genetic landscape of AML and its impact on the pathophysiology and biology of the disease, as well as the rapid development of new drugs, standard treatment options have not experienced major changes during the past three decades...
2016: Leukemia Research Reports
Xiaoli Wu, Xuefeng Feng, Xiaoqing Zhao, Futian Ma, Na Liu, Hongming Guo, Chaonan Li, Huan Du, Baoxi Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute and chronic leukemia are severe malignant cancers worldwide, and can occur in pediatric patients. Since bone marrow cell transplantation is seriously limited by the availability of the immune-paired donor sources, the therapy for pediatric leukemia (PL) remains challenging. Autophagy is essential for the regulation of cell survival in the harsh environment. However, the role of autophagy in the survival of PL cells under the oxidative stress, e.g. chemotherapy, remain ill-defined...
October 17, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
M Pereira, J Guerra, M Neves, J Gonçalves, A Santana, C Nascimento, A G da Costa
INTRODUCTION: The optimal immunosuppressive induction therapy in kidney transplant recipients with low immunologic risk of acute rejection (AR) is still controversial. The use of basiliximab (BSX) has led to a significant decrease of AR with a low side effect profile. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to evaluate predictive risk factors for AR in low immunologic risk patients subjected to immunosuppressive induction therapy with BSX. METHODS: We reviewed all low immunologic risk patients (panel reactive antibody [PRA] level <50%, who had undergone a first deceased-donor transplant) subjected to immunosuppressive induction therapy with BSX, calcineurin inhibitor, mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisolone (n = 346)...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Davide Rossi
Richter's syndrome (RS) is the development of an aggressive lymphoma in patients with a previous or concomitant diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The incidence rate for RS is ∼0.5% per year of observation. In the presence of clinical suspicious of RS, diagnosis of transformation and choice of the site of biopsy may take advantage of (18)FDG PET/CT. Molecular lesions of tumor suppression regulators (TP53), cell cycle (CDKN2A) and cell proliferation (NOTCH1, MYC) overall account for ∼90% of RS and may be responsible for its aggressive clinical phenotype...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Jong Man Kim, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Jae-Won Joh, Gyu-Seong Choi, Jae Berm Park, Eun-Suk Kang, Sung Joo Kim, Suk-Koo Lee
PURPOSE: T lymphocytes are an essential component of allograft rejection and tolerance. The aims of the present study are to analyze the characteristics of T-cell subsets between ABO-incompatible living donor liver transplantation (ABO-I LDLT) and ABO-compatible LDLT (ABO-C LDLT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between April 2013 and June 2014, 61 patients underwent adult LDLT. ABO-I LDLT patients received rituximab and all patients received basiliximab as induction therapy and tacrolimus as maintenance therapy...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
S Dashti-Khavidaki, S Ghaffari, M Gohari, M R Khatami, Z Zahiri
BACKGROUND: Tacrolimus is the main immunosuppressive agent in many kidney transplant protocols with an initial recommended daily dose of 0.2 mg/kg of ideal body weight (IBW). However, due to the high inter- and intra-patient variability in its pharmacokinetics, the required tacrolimus doses may differ markedly from patient to patient. OBJECTIVE: To assess the required tacrolimus dose to achieve the desired whole blood concentration within the first three weeks after kidney transplantation among Iranian patients...
2016: International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine
Khadega A Abuelgasim, Saeed Alshieban, Nada A Almubayi, Ayman Alhejazi, Abdulrahman R Jazieh
We describe the case of a young man with therapy-naive chronic myeloid leukemia who did not initially have any peripheral blood or bone marrow excess blasts but presented with extramedullary myeloid blast crises involving the central nervous system and multiple lymph nodes. Conventional cytogenetic tests were positive for t(9;22)(q34:q11) as well as for trisomy 8, 14 and 21 and del(16q). The patient's peripheral blood and bone marrow were positive for the BCR-ABL oncogene when analyzed by fluorescence in situ hybridization and polymerase chain reaction...
May 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
Benjamin W Teh, Simon J Harrison, Monica A Slavin, Leon J Worth
BACKGROUND: Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are a significant complication of treatment for multiple myeloma (MM). The objective of this study was to define the epidemiology of BSI with current era MM treatment regimens, including immunomodulatory drugs, proteasome inhibitors and autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ASCT). METHODS: Clinical and microbiology records of patients with MM diagnosed between 2008 and 2012 were reviewed using a standardised tool to capture patient demographics, myeloma characteristics and BSI characteristics (type, severity, outcomes)...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
Michael Scordo, Valkal Bhatt, Meier Hsu, Antonio M Omuro, Matthew J Matasar, Lisa M DeAngelis, Parastoo B Dahi, Craig H Moskowitz, Sergio A Giralt, Craig S Sauter
High-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (HDT-ASCT) with thiotepa, busulfan, cyclophosphamide (TBC) conditioning has emerged as an effective post-induction treatment strategy for patients with primary (PCNSL) or secondary central nervous system lymphoma (SCNSL), but it is associated with considerable toxicity and transplant-related mortality (TRM) in the modern era. Forty-three adult patients with chemosensitive PCNSL or SCNSL received TBC conditioned ASCT between 2006 and 2015. Twenty-eight of these patients received pharmacokinetically (PK)-targeted busulfan dosing...
October 3, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Cole N Crowson, Rhiannon D Reed, Brittany A Shelton, Paul A MacLennan, Jayme E Locke
The use of lymphocyte-depleting induction immunosuppression has been associated with a reduction in risk of AR after KT among adult recipients, particularly among high-risk subgroups such as AAs. However, data on induction regimen and AR risk are lacking among pediatric KT recipients. We examined outcomes among 7884 first-time pediatric KT recipients using SRTR data (2000-2014). Characteristics were compared across race using Wilcoxon rank-sum tests for continuous and chi-square tests for categorical variables...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
M P M Graham-Brown, R Aljayyousi, R J Baines, J O Burton, N J Brunskill, P Furness, P Topham
We report the case of a 40-year-old female transplant patient with undiagnosed ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and renal allograft dysfunction who achieved disease remission with restoration of transplant function following induction therapy with rituximab. There are currently no trial data looking at the use of rituximab for induction of remission of renal transplant patients with AAV. Although recurrence of AAV following renal transplantation is rare, such patients have invariably had multiple previous exposures to induction and maintenance immunosuppressive regimens, often limiting treatment options post-transplantation...
October 2016: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Richard F Schlenk, Michael Lübbert, Axel Benner, Alexander Lamparter, Jürgen Krauter, Wolfgang Herr, Hans Martin, Helmut R Salih, Andrea Kündgen, Heinz-A Horst, Peter Brossart, Katharina Götze, David Nachbaur, Mohammed Wattad, Claus-Henning Köhne, Walter Fiedler, Martin Bentz, Gerald Wulf, Gerhard Held, Bernd Hertenstein, Hans Salwender, Verena I Gaidzik, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Daniela Weber, Konstanze Döhner, Arnold Ganser, Hartmut Döhner
The aim of this clinical trial was to evaluate the impact of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) in combination with chemotherapy and to assess the NPM1 status as biomarker for ATRA therapy in younger adult patients (18-60 years) with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Patients were randomized for intensive chemotherapy with or without open-label ATRA (45 mg/m(2), days 6-8; 15 mg/m(2), days 9-21). Two cycles of induction therapy were followed by risk-adapted consolidation with high-dose cytarabine or allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Jérémie Martinet, Gwladys Bourdenet, Amine Meliani, Laetitia Jean, Sahil Adriouch, Jose L Cohen, Federico Mingozzi, Olivier Boyer
BACKGROUND: Gene therapy is a promising treatment option for hemophilia and other protein deficiencies. However, immune responses against the transgene product represent an obstacle to safe and effective gene therapy, urging for the implementation of tolerization strategies. Induction of a hematopoietic chimerism via bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a potent means for inducing immunological tolerance in solid organ transplantation. OBJECTIVES: We reasoned, here, that the same viral vector could be used, first, to transduce BM cells for inducing chimerism-associated transgene-specific immune tolerance and, second, for correcting protein deficiencies by vector-mediated systemic production of the deficient coagulation factor...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Frances T Hakim, Sarfraz Memon, Ping Jin, Matin M Imanguli, Huan Wang, Najibah Rehman, Xiao-Yi Yan, Jeremy Rose, Jacqueline W Mays, Susan Dhamala, Veena Kapoor, William Telford, John Dickinson, Sean Davis, David Halverson, Haley B Naik, Kristin Baird, Daniel Fowler, David Stroncek, Edward W Cowen, Steven Z Pavletic, Ronald E Gress
Although chronic graft-versus-host disease (CGVHD) is the primary nonrelapse complication of allogeneic transplantation, understanding of its pathogenesis is limited. To identify the main operant pathways across the spectrum of CGVHD, we analyzed gene expression in circulating monocytes, chosen as in situ systemic reporter cells. Microarrays identified two interrelated pathways: 1) IFN-inducible genes, and 2) innate receptors for cellular damage. Corroborating these with multiplex RNA quantitation, we found that multiple IFN-inducible genes (affecting lymphocyte trafficking, differentiation, and Ag presentation) were concurrently upregulated in CGVHD monocytes compared with normal subjects and non-CGVHD control patients...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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