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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104167/pre-transplantation-immune-cell-distribution-and-early-post-transplant-fungal-infection-are-the-main-risk-factors-of-liver-transplantation-recipients-in-lower-model-of-end-stage-liver-disease
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N M Abdelhamid, Y-C Chen, Y-C Wang, C-H Cheng, T-J Wu, C-F Lee, T-H Wu, H-S Chou, K-M Chan, W-C Lee, R-S Soong
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of patients after liver transplantation (LTx) with high Model of End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score (>30) is predicted, but patients with lower MELD scores (<30) have no conclusive studies of pre- and post-transplant risk factors that influence the long-term outcome. METHODS: This retrospective study reviewed 268 recipients with MELD score <30, from 2008 to 2013 in our institution, for evaluation of pre-transplant risk factors including patients' clinical background data, pre-transplant lymphocyte subpopulation, and early post-transplant infection complication as predictors for long-term survival after LTx...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103851/cystic-fibrosis-physicians-perspectives-on-the-timing-of-referral-for-lung-transplant-evaluation-a-survey-of-physicians-in-the-united-states
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Kathleen J Ramos, Ranjani Somayaji, Erika D Lease, Christopher H Goss, Moira L Aitken
BACKGROUND: Prior studies reveal that a significant proportion of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and advanced lung disease are not referred for lung transplant (LTx) evaluation. We sought to assess expert CF physician perspectives on the timing of LTx referral and investigate their LTx knowledge. METHODS: We developed an online anonymous survey that was distributed by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) to the medical directors of all CFF-accredited care centers in the United States in 2015...
January 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103012/a-bi-modal-cationic-and-water-soluble-calix-4-arene-conjugate-design-synthesis-characterization-and-transfection-of-rfp-encoded-plasmid-in-cancer-cells
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Kushal Samanta, Dnyanesh S Ranade, Aekta Upadhyay, Prasad Padmakar Kulkarni, Chebrolu Pulla Rao
A new bimodal fluorescent cationic calix[4]arene (L1) conjugate has been synthesized in multiple steps and well characterized by NMR and ESI-MS techniques. L1 has been investigated for its DNA binding ability by various spectroscopy techniques like, absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD). The formation of L1-DNA complex has been confirmed by the gel electrophoresis in presence of incremental concentration of L1. To visualize the packing of the plasmid (pBR322), detailed tapping mode AFM study has been performed, which revealed blob like structure of plasmid upon addition of the incremental amount of L1...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100891/reverse-right-ventricular-remodeling-after-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-combination-therapy-of-targeted-medical-drugs
#4
Toshihiro Sarashina, Kazufumi Nakamura, Satoshi Akagi, Takahiro Oto, Hiroki Oe, Kentaro Ejiri, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Nishii, Hiromi Matsubara, Motomu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Morimatsu, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are currently treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs. Reverse right ventricular (RV) remodeling after lung transplantation (LTx) in patients with end-stage PAH despite combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs has not been fully elucidated.Methods and Results:A total of 136 patients, including 32 with PAH, underwent LTx from 1998 to 2014. We enrolled 12 consecutive patients with PAH treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs who underwent LTx and retrospectively analyzed the temporal and serial changes in hemodynamics and echocardiography before LTx and at 3 and 12 months after LTx...
January 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095640/irradiation-before-and-donor-splenocyte-infusion-immediately-after-transplantation-induce-tolerance-to-lung-but-not-heart-allografts-in-miniature-swine
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Wiebke Sommer, Gwen Buechler, Katharina Jansson, Murat Avsar, Ann-Kathrin Knöfel, Jawad Salman, Klaus Hoeffler, Thierry Siemeni, Jens Gottlieb, Johann H Karstens, Danny Jonigk, Ansgar Reising, Axel Haverich, Martin Strüber, Gregor Warnecke
Solid organs may differ in their potential to induce and maintain a state of donor-specific tolerance. Previously, we induced stable immunological tolerance in a lung transplantation model in miniature swine. Here, we wished to transfer this established protocol into a heart transplantation model in miniature swine. Heterotopic heart transplantation (HTX) was performed in four, and left-sided lung transplantation (LTX) in seven minipigs from gender and SLA mismatched donors. All recipients received non-myeloablative irradiation, donor splenocyte infusion and intravenous pharmacologic immunosuppression for 28 postoperative days...
January 17, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079558/once-daily-tacrolimus-in-liver-transplantation-a-me-too-drug-or-a-therapeutic-advantage
#6
Pavel Trunečka
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide latest information on differences between standard tacrolimus (TAC BID) and slow-released formulation of tacrolimus (Advagraf) in liver transplantation (LTx), and to discuss the latter's therapeutic value as a distinct entity. RECENT FINDINGS: Two articles on de-novo studies, several on conversion and one on survival analysis from the European Liver Transplant Registry published recently showed that low-dose Advagraf immediately after transplantation provided same protection to the kidney as standard dose delayed until day 5, and was associated with lower rejection rate; to maintain the same trough level after late conversion to Advagraf, an approximately 1...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077504/influence-of-history-of-cannabis-smoking-in-selected-donors-on-the-outcomes-of-lung-transplantation
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Prashant N Mohite, Mohamed Zeriouh, Diana G Sáez, Aron-Frederik Popov, Anton Sabashnikov, Bartlomiej Zych, Ashok Padukone, Levente Fazekas, Olga Ananiadou, Fabio De Robertis, Simona Soresi, Anna Reed, Martin Carby, André R Simon
OBJECTIVES: Cannabis is the most commonly abused illicit drug and the smokers are at the risk of lung infections, bullous emphysema and lung cancer. However, no evidence about the outcomes of lung transplantation (LTx) utilizing the lungs from such donors is available in the literature. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed lung 'organ offers' and LTx at our centre between January 2007 and November 2013. The outcomes of LTx utilizing lungs from donors with a history of cannabis smoking were compared with the outcomes of those with no such history using unadjusted model as well as propensity score matching...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076504/the-role-of-bradykinin-in-lung-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-a-rat-lung-transplantation-model
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Zheng Tang, Zhiwei Wang, Zhipeng Hu, Min Zhang, Luocheng Li, Bowen Li
PURPOSE: To investigate the role of bradykinin in a rat lung transplantation (LTx) model and preliminarily discuss the relationship between bradykinin and CD26/DPP-4. METHODS: Rats were randomly divided into four groups: Control (CON), Sham, low potassium dextranglucose (LPD), and AB192 (n=15/group). Orthotopic single LTx was performed in the LPD and AB192 groups. The donor lungs were flush-perfused and preserved with low potassium dextranglucose (LPD) or LPD+CD26/DPP-4 catalytic inhibitor (AB192)...
December 2016: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076478/liver-transplantation-for-carcinoma-hepatocellular-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-414-cases-by-the-milan-brazil-criteria
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Gustavo Pilotto D Sá, Fernando P P Vicentine, Alcides A Salzedas-Netto, Carla Adriana Loureiro de Matos, Luiz R Romero, Dario F P Tejada, Paulo Celso Bosco Massarollo, Gaspar J Lopes-Filho, Adriano M Gonzalez
Background: The criterion of Milan (CM) has been used as standard for indication of liver transplantation (LTx) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) worldwide for nearly 20 years. Several centers have adopted criteria expanded in order to increase the number of patients eligible to liver transplantation, while maintaining good survival rates. In Brazil, since 2006, the criterion of Milan/Brazil (CMB), which disregards nodules <2 cm, is adopted, including patients with a higher number of small nodules...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045862/comparing-azole-plasma-trough-levels-in-lung-transplant-recipients-percentage-of-therapeutic-levels-and-intra-patient-variability
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Daniela Stelzer, Alexandra Weber, Franziska Ihle, Sandhya Matthes, Felix Ceelen, Gregor Zimmermann, Nikolaus Kneidinger, Rene Schramm, Hauke Winter, Michael Zoller, Michael Vogeser, Juergen Behr, Claus Neurohr
BACKGROUND: This study compared therapeutic azole plasma trough levels (APL) of the azole antimycotics itraconazole (ITR), voriconazole (VOR), and posaconazole (POS) in lung transplant recipients and analyzed the influencing factors. In addition, intra-patient variability for each azole was determined. METHODS: From July 2012 to July 2015, 806 APL of ITR, VOR, POS liquid (POS-Liq), and POS tablets (POS-Tab) were measured in 173 patients of the Munich Lung Transplantation (LTx) Program...
December 29, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039882/psycho-social-aspects-before-and-up-to-2-years-after-heart-or-lung-transplantation-experience-of-patients-and-their-next-of-kin
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Susanna Ågren, Trygve Sjöberg, Björn Ekmehag, Maj-Britt Wiborg, Bodil Ivarsson
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial factors are important for patients undergoing heart (HTx) or lung (LTx) transplantation, and for their next of kin (NoK). AIM: To describe health-related quality of life (patients only), anxiety, depression, stress, coping ability and burden (NoK only) for patients and their NoK before and up to 2 years after HTx or LTx. DESIGN: Adult patients (28 heart and 26 lung) and their appointed NoK were surveyed with questionnaires about specific psychosocial topics when they were accepted for the transplantation waiting list and 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years after transplantation...
December 31, 2016: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012223/transplant-center-volume-and-outcomes-in-lung-transplantation-for-cystic-fibrosis
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Don Hayes, Stuart C Sweet, Christian Benden, Benjamin T Kopp, Samuel B Goldfarb, Gary A Visner, George B Mallory, Joseph D Tobias, Dmitry Tumin
INTRODUCTION: Transplant volume represents lung transplant (LTx) expertise and predicts outcomes, so we sought to determine outcomes related to center volumes in CF. METHODS: United Network for Organ Sharing data were queried for CF patients receiving bilateral LTx from 2005-2015. Multivariable Cox regression was used to model survival to 1 year and long-term (>1 year) survival, conditional on surviving at least 1 year. RESULTS: 2,025 patients and 67 centers were included in the analysis...
December 24, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941431/role-of-circulating-micrornas-in-the-immunopathogenesis-of-rejection-following-pediatric-lung-transplantation
#13
Zhongping Xu, Wei Yang, Nancy Steward, Stuart C Sweet, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Peter S Heeger, T Mohanakumar
BACKGROUND: Acute rejection (AR) and development of chronic rejection, bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS), remain major limiting factors for lung transplantation (LTx). This retrospective study is to identify differentially expressed circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) that associate with development of AR and BOS in pediatric lung transplant recipients (LTxR). METHODS: We determined the circulating levels of 7 selected candidate miRNAs in 14 LTxR with AR, 7 with BOS, and compared them against 13 stable pediatric LTxR at 1, 6, and 12 months following LTx...
December 8, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936480/treatment-of-fulminant-acute-hepatitis-b-with-nucles-t-id-analogues-is-safe-and-does-not-lead-to-secondary-chronification-of-hepatitis-b
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C Jochum, F Maischack, O E Anastasiou, J Verheyen, J Timm, L Bechmann, G Gerken, A Canbay
Background: Acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is still a major cause of acute liver failure (ALF), necessitating a high rate of emergency liver transplantation (LTx). Acute infection is followed by high viral replication rates leading to hepatocyte death and, ultimately, ALF. The objective of treating HBV-induced ALF thus is to eliminate, or significantly suppress, HBV replication and therefore reduce cell death and support regeneration. Objective: In this retrospective study, we want to evaluate the timing, the safety, and the long-term virological outcome of this approach...
December 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931577/liver-transplantation-in-polish-children-with-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-deficiency-a-single-center-experience
#15
A Bakula, J Pawlowska, O Niewiadomska, I Jankowska, M Teisseyre, P Kaliciński, P Socha
BACKGROUND: α1-Antitrypsin deficiency (ATD) is the most common genetic cause of liver injury in young children. Asymptomatic hepatitis is observed in most patients. However, the course of liver disease due to ATD is unpredictable, and some children develop liver cirrhosis. Liver transplantation (Ltx) dramatically improves their outcome and in some cases is required in the first years of life. The aim of the study was to evaluate the course of the disease in children with ATD treated with Ltx in a single center...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910593/responsivity-calibration-of-the-loweus-spectrometer
#16
J K Lepson, P Beiersdorfer, R Kaita, R Majeski, D Boyle
We performed an in situ calibration of the relative responsivity function of the Long-Wavelength Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer (LoWEUS), while operating on the Lithium Tokamak Experiment (LTX) at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The calibration was accomplished by measuring oxygen lines, which are typically present in LTX plasmas. The measured spectral line intensities of each oxygen charge state were then compared to the calculated emission strengths given in the CHIANTI atomic database. Normalizing the strongest line in each charge state to the CHIANTI predictions, we obtained the differences between the measured and predicted values for the relative strengths of the other lines of a given charge state...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900388/data-driven-modeling-for-precision-medicine-in-pediatric-acute-liver-failure
#17
Ruben Zamora, Yoram Vodovotz, Qi Mi, Derek Barclay, Jinling Yin, Simon Horslen, David Rudnick, Kathleen M Loomes, Robert H Squires
Absence of early outcome biomarkers for Pediatric Acute Liver Failure (PALF) hinders medical and liver transplant decisions. We sought to define dynamic interactions among circulating inflammatory mediators to gain insights into PALF outcome sub-groups. Serum samples from 101 participants in the PALF study, collected over the first 7 days following enrollment, were assayed for 27 inflammatory mediators. Outcomes (Spontaneous survivors [S, n=61], Non-survivors [NS, n=12], and liver transplant patients [LTx, n=28]) were assessed at 21 days post-enrollment...
November 23, 2016: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863518/safety-and-efficacy-of-bridging-to-lung-transplantation-with-antifibrotic-drugs-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-case-series
#18
Isabelle Delanote, Wim A Wuyts, Jonas Yserbyt, Eric K Verbeken, Geert M Verleden, Robin Vos
BACKGROUND: Following recent approval of pirfenidone and nintedanib for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), questions arise about the use of these antifibrotics in patients awaiting lung transplantation (LTx). METHODS: Safety and efficacy of antifibrotic drugs in IPF patients undergoing LTx were investigated in a single-centre retrospective cohort analysis. RESULTS: A total of nine patients, receiving antifibrotic therapy for 419 ± 315 days until subsequent LTx, were included...
November 18, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862900/long-term-renal-allograft-survival-after-sequential-liver-kidney-transplantation-from-a-single-living-donor
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Kumiko Kitajima, Yuichi Ogawa, Katsuyuki Miki, Kotaro Kai, Akihito Sannomiya, Kazuhiro Iwadoh, Toru Murakami, Ichiro Koyama, Ichiro Nakajima, Shohei Fuchinoue
Background Combined liver-kidney transplantation (CLKT) is well-established as a definitive therapy with the potential to provide complete recovery for certain liver-kidney diseases, although the results might be contingent on the cause of transplantation. The purposes of the present study were to review the long-term outcome of renal allografts in CLKT patients from single living donors and to investigate the beneficial factors, compared with solitary renal transplantation. Materials and Methods Thirteen patients underwent sequential liver (LTx) and kidney (KTx) transplantations from single living donors...
November 10, 2016: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862639/a-simple-dyspnoea-scale-as-part-of-the-assessment-to-predict-outcome-across-chronic-interstitial-lung-disease
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Hadeel Khadawardi, Marco Mura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The Medical Research Council dyspnoea score (MRCDS) is a simple, objective scale to assess dyspnoea, the main complaint in patients with chronic interstitial lung disease (ILD). We sought to investigate whether MRCDS is a predictor of outcome in patients with chronic ILD. METHODS: One hundred and fifteen patients (50 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and 65 non-IPF ILD) were retrospectively studied. Baseline (time of diagnosis) MRCDS and 3-6-month changes were considered...
November 8, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
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