Sample records for acute allograft rejection

  1. Ultrastructural basis of acute renal allograft rejection

    V.D. Vuzevski (Vojislav)


    textabstractAn attempt was made: I. to demonstrate the evolution and the time of onset of the ultrastructural morphological changes in the renal parenchyma and blood vessels, as well as the ultrastructural feature of the interstitial cellular infiltration in acute rejection of kidney allografts; 2.


    L. V. Shkalova


    Full Text Available We performed histological examination of 80 liver allograft biopsies, the diagnosis of acute rejection was proved in 34 cases. Histological changes in liver biopsies in different grades of acute rejection were estimated according to Banff classification 1995, 1997 and were compared with current literature data. The article deals with the question of morphological value of grading acute rejection on early and late, also we analyze changes in treat- ment tactics after morphological verification of liver allograft acute rejection

  3. Late Acute Rejection Occuring in Liver Allograft Recipients

    Eric M Yoshida


    Full Text Available To study the effect of immunosuppressive reduction on the incidence and consequence of late acute rejection (LAR in liver allograft recipients, mean daily prednisone dose, mean cyclosporine A (CsA trough and nadir levels were retrospectively reviewed for the nearest 12-week period preceding six episodes of LAR in five liver allograft recipients (group 1. Results were compared with those from a cohort of 12 liver allograft recipients who did not develop LAR (group 2. LAR was defined as acute rejection occurring more than 365 days post-transplantation. Median follow-up for both groups was similar (504 days, range 367 to 1050, versus 511 days, range 365 to 666, not significant. Mean trough CsA levels were lower in patients with LAR compared with those without (224±66 ng/mL versus 233±49 ng/mL but the difference was not statistically significant. In contrast, mean daily prednisone dose (2.5±1.6 mg/ day versus 6.5±2.9 mg/day, P=0.007 and CsA nadir values (129±60 ng/mL versus 186±40 ng/mL, P=0.03 were significantly lower in patients who developed LAR compared with those who did not. Five of six episodes (83% of LAR occurred in patients receiving less than 5 mg/day of prednisone, versus a single LAR episode in only one of 12 patients (8% receiving prednisone 5 mg/day or more (P=0.004. In all but one instance, LAR responded to pulse methylprednisolone without discernible affect on long term graft function. The authors conclude that liver allograft recipients remain vulnerable to acute rejection beyond the first post-transplant year; and reduction of immunosuppressive therapy, particularly prednisone, below a critical, albeit low dose, threshold increases the risk of LAR.

  4. The value of urine cytologic examination findings in the diagnosis of the acute renal allograft rejection

    Tatomirović Željka


    Full Text Available Background. Acute rejection of allograft is one of the most serious complications of renal transplantation that requires fast and precise diagnostic approach. In this paper our experience in cytologic urinalysis as a diagnostic method of the acute renal allograft rejection was reviewed. Methods. The study group included 20 of 56 patients with transplanted kidneys who were assumed for the acute allograft rejection according to allograft dysfunction and/or urine cytology findings. Histological findings confirmed allograft rejection in 4 patients. Urine sediment obtained in cytocentrifuge was air-dried and stained with May-Grunwald-Giemsa. Acute allograft rejection was suspected if in 10 fields under high magnification 15 or more lymphocytes with renal tubular cells were found. Results. Acute transplant rejection occured in 32.1% patients. In 15 patients clinical findings of the acute renal allograft rejection corresponded with cytological and histological findings (in the cases in which it was performed. Three patients with clinical signs of the acute allograft rejection were without cytological confirmation, and in 2 patients cytological findings pointed to the acute rejection, but allograft dysfunction was of different etiology (acute tubular necrosis, cyclosporine nephrotoxicity. In patients with clinical, cytological and histological findings of the acute allograft rejection urine finding consisted of 58% lymphocytes, 34% neutrophilic leucocytes and 8% monocytes/macrophages on the average. The accuracy of cytologic urinalysis related to clinical and histological finding was 75%. Conclusion. Urine cytology as the reliable noninvasive, fast and simple method is appropriate as the a first diagnostic line of renal allograft dysfunction, as well as for monitoring of the graft function.

  5. Acute mixed cellular and humoral rejection of renal allograft with leucopenia.

    Agarwal, D K; Hota, J K; Malhotra, V


    Diagnosis and management of acute renal allograft dysfunction often pose challenge to nephrologists during practice. Acute rejection is a major cause of acute graft dysfunction but is rare in patients with leucopenia. Acute rejection can have either humoral or cellular components or sometimes mixed components. Mixed acute cellular and humoral rejection often present as steroid resistant rejection. Here we report a patient with live related renal transplant recipient with acute graft dysfunction with leucopenia who was found to have mixed acute cellular and humoral rejection.

  6. Doppler Ultrasound in Chronic Renal Allograft Dysfunction : Can Acute Rejection be Predicted

    Kim, Eun Kyung; Kim, Myeong Jin; Lee, Jong Tae; Yoo, Hyung Sik; Kim, Ki Whang; Park, Ki Ill; Chung, Hyun Joo [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To investigate Doppler sonographic findings valuable for detecting acute rejection in transplanted kidney with chronic allograft dysfunction. Forty-three renal allografts who underwent renal Doppler sonography and renal biopsy due to chronic allograft dysfunction were included. According to histopathologic findings, patients were classified into 2 groups: chronic component only(group 1, n=30) and acute rejection with or without chronic component 2 groups were performed. No definite difference in radio of renal size, cortical echogenecity, corticomedullary differentiation was noted between group 1 and group 2.Resistive index was 0.61{+-}0.18 in group 1 and 0.64{+-}0.22 in group 2, which showed no statistically significant difference. Characteristic Doppler sonographic findings suggesting acute rejection in cases of chronic allograft dysfunction were not found inauther's study. Therefore, minimal invasive renal biopsy to determine histopathologic status of transplanted kidney is essential in evaluation of the chronic allograft dysfunction


    A. V. Vatazin


    Full Text Available The article focuses on the results of the investigation of peripheral blood lymphocyte morphofunctional status in healthy volunteers and renal allograft recipients for early postoperative period. Working out noninvasive tests for diagnosis of acute renal allograft rejection based on the measuring of cell morphometric parameters by method of coherent phase microscopy (CPM. It was found out that the lymphocyte phase height was proportional cell image density and its geometrical thickness. Our results showed that the variations of immunocompetent cell morphometric indicants can be in advance the dynamics of blood creatine increasing and answer for early criteria of acute renal allograft rejection

  8. Spleen tyrosine kinase contributes to acute renal allograft rejection in the rat.

    Ramessur Chandran, Sharmila; Tesch, Greg H; Han, Yingjie; Woodman, Naomi; Mulley, William R; Kanellis, John; Blease, Kate; Ma, Frank Y; Nikolic-Paterson, David J


    Kidney allografts induce strong T-cell and antibody responses which mediate acute rejection. Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) is expressed by most leucocytes, except mature T cells, and is involved in intracellular signalling following activation of the Fcγ-receptor, B-cell receptor and some integrins. A role for Syk signalling has been established in antibody-dependent native kidney disease, but little is known of Syk in acute renal allograft rejection. Sprague-Dawley rats underwent bilateral nephrectomy and received an orthotopic Wistar renal allograft. Recipient rats were treated with a Syk inhibitor (CC0482417, 30 mg/kg/bid), or vehicle, from 1 h before surgery until being killed 5 days later. Vehicle-treated recipients developed severe allograft failure with marked histologic damage in association with dense leucocyte infiltration (T cells, macrophages, neutrophils and NK cells) and deposition of IgM, IgG and C3. Immunostaining identified Syk expression by many infiltrating leucocytes. CC0482417 treatment significantly improved allograft function and reduced histologic damage, although allograft injury was still clearly evident. CC0482417 failed to prevent T-cell infiltration and activation within the allograft. However, CC0482417 significantly attenuated acute tubular necrosis, infiltration of macrophages and neutrophils and thrombosis of peritubular capillaries. In conclusion, this study identifies a role for Syk in acute renal allograft rejection. Syk inhibition may be a useful addition to T-cell-based immunotherapy in renal transplantation.

  9. Impact of acute rejection episodes on long-term renal allograft survival

    吴建永; 陈江华; 王逸民; 张建国; 朱琮; 寿张飞; 王苏娅; 张萍; 黄洪锋; 何强


    Objective To assess the impact of the number, and time of acute rejection (AR) and outcome of anti-rejection therapy on the long-term survival of renal allografts and the relative risk factors. Methods The Kaplan-Meier analysis and log-rank test were used to calculate the survival rates of patients and grafts in no acute rejection group (NAR, 895 patients), 1 rejection episode group (1AR, 183), 2 and more than 2 rejection episodes group (2AR, 17), acute rejection group [AR (1AR+2AR), 200], early acute rejection group (within 90 days after transplantation, EAR, 125), late acute rejection group (91 days later, LAR, 58), completely AR reversed group (CAR, 105), and incompletely AR reversed group (IAR, 68). The relative risk factors were analyzed by the Cox proportional hazards regression. Results The 5- and 10-year survival rates of renal allografts were 75.4% and 17.1% in AR and 93.2% and 86.5% in the NAR group (P<0.0001). The long-term graft survival was much lower in the 2AR group than in the NAR or 1AR groups (P<0.0001 and P=0.002, respectively). It was similar in either the NAR or CAR groups (P=0.31), but it was significantly lower (P<0.0001) in the IAR group. Multivariate Cox regression analysis revealed that the outcome of anti-rejection therapy is an important risk factor affecting the long-term survival of allografts.Conclusions AR is significantly associated with poor long-term survival of renal allografts. But the long-term graft survival of patients with one acute rejection but completely reversed is not significantly different from that of patients without acute rejection.

  10. Myoglobinuria masquerading as acute rejection in a renal allograft recipient with recurrent post transplant diabetic nephropathy.

    Gupta, Pallav; Sharma, Amit; Khullar, Dinesh


    Rhabdomyolysis contributes to 7-10% of total AKI cases. Myoglobinuria as a cause of acute renal allograft dysfunction is extremely uncommon. Renal allograft recipient on cyclosporine or tacrolimus can develop myoglobinuria in presence of other precipitating factors. Present case describes an interesting report of myoglobinuria in a patient with post transplant diabetic nephropathy mimicking acute graft rejection. Clinically myoglobinuria presenting as renal allograft dysfunction is diagnosis of exclusion and renal biopsy is extremely important in making a correct diagnosis and planning optimal management in such cases.

  11. Plasma cell-rich acute rejection of the renal allograft: A distinctive morphologic form of acute rejection?

    Gupta, R; Sharma, A; Mahanta, P J; Agarwal, S K; Dinda, A K


    This study was aimed at evaluating the clinicopathologic features of plasma cell-rich acute rejection (PCAR) of renal allograft and comparing them with acute cellular rejection (ACR), non-plasma cell-rich type. During a 2-year period, eight renal allograft biopsies were diagnosed as PCAR (plasma cells >10% of interstitial infiltrate). For comparison, 14 biopsies with ACR were included in the study. Detailed pretransplant data, serum creatinine at presentation, and other clinical features of all these cases were noted. Renal biopsy slides were reviewed and relevant immunohistochemistry performed for characterization of plasma cell infiltrate. The age range and duration of transplantation to diagnosis of acute rejection were comparable in both the groups. Histologically, the proportion of interstitial plasma cells, mean interstitial inflammation, and tubulitis score were higher in the PCAR group compared with cases with ACR. A significant difference was found in the outcome at last follow-up, being worse in patients with PCAR. This study shows that PCAR portends a poor outcome compared with ACR, with comparable Banff grade of rejection. Due to its rarity and recent description, nephrologists and renal pathologists need to be aware of this entity.

  12. Daclizumab prevents acute renal allograft rejection: 1 year analysis

    Xiaoming Pan; Wujun Xue; Puxun Tian; Xiaoming Ding


    Objective :To investigate the clinical effect of Daclizumab on preventing acute rejection in renal transplant recipients.Methods:71 patients were randomly divided into two groups:Daclizumab group (n =26) and control group (n = 45). Baseline regimen of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), cyclosporin (CsA), methylprednisolone (MPD) and prednisone (Pred) were administered to all patients. The treatment of Daclizumab was based on baseline regimen. The Daclizumab group received Daclizumab twice before and after renal transplant. The occurrence of post-transplantation acute rejection, renal function and T lymphocyte subtypes were sequentially monitored; meanwhile adverse events, infection episode, and patient and graft survival were observed.All of patients received a follow-up of 12 months at least. Results :The occurrence of acute rejection in Daclizumab group in 1,3, 6 and 12 months after renal transplantation was 7.7%, 19.2%, 23.1% and 30.8%, respectively,while it was 15.6% ,28.9%,35.6% and 46.7% in the control group. There was significant difference between the two group(P < 0.05). There was no difference in infection episodes and adverse events between the Daclizumab group and control group. One year patient survival was 92.3% in Daclizumab group, 91.1% in control group (P > 0.05), compared with graft survival of 96.2 % and 93.3 % for Daclizumab and control group, respectively (P > 0. 05). The renal function in Daclizumab group in 1, 6 and 12 months after renal transplantation was better than that in control group (P < 0.05). The CD3+ and CD4+ subtypes decreased in both two groups after operation but no significant difference (P > 0.05). Conclusion:Daclizumab combined with MMF, CsA, MPD and Pred therapeutic regimen was effective to reduce the occurrence of acute rejection in renal transplant recipients and have no influence on T lymphocyte subtypes.

  13. Characterization of Acute Renal Allograft Rejection by Human Serum Proteomic Analysis

    Ying GAO; Ke WU; Yi XU; Hongmin ZHOU; Wentao HE; Weina ZHANG; Lanjun CAI; Xingguang LIN; Zemin FANG; Zhenlong LUO; Hui GUO; Zhonghua CHEN


    To identify acute renal allograft rejection biomarkers in human serum, two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis (2-D DIGE) and reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatog-raphy (RP-HPLC) followed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) were used. Serum samples from renal allograft patients and normal volunteers were divided into three groups: acute rejec-tion (AR), stable renal function (SRF) and normal volunteer (N). Serum samples were firstly processed using Multiple Affinity Removal Column to selectively remove the highest abundance proteins. Differ-entially expressed proteins were analyzed using 2-D DIGE. These differential protein spots were ex-cised, digested by trypsin, and identified by RP-HPLC-ESI/MS. Twenty-two differentially expressed proteins were identified in serum from AR group. These proteins included complement C9 precursor,apolipoprotein A-Ⅳ precursor, vitamin D-binding protein precursor, beta-2-glycoprotein 1 precursor,etc. Vitamin D-binding protein, one of these proteins, was confirmed by ELISA in the independent set of serum samples. In conclusion, the differentially expressed proteins as serum biomarker candidates may provide the basis of acute rejection noninvasive diagnosis. Confirmed vitamin D-binding protein may be one of serum biomarkers of acute rejection. Furthermore, it may provide great insights into un-derstanding the mechanisms and potential treatment strategy of acute rejection.

  14. Characterization of acute renal allograft rejection by proteomic analysis of renal tissue in rat.

    Chen, Gang; Huang, Jing-Bin; Mi, Jie; He, Yun-Feng; Wu, Xiao-Hou; Luo, Chun-Li; Liang, Si-Min; Li, Jia-Bing; Tang, Ya-Xiong; Li, Jie


    Rapid and reliable biomarkers of renal allograft rejection have not been available. This study aimed to investigate biomarkers in renal allograft tissue using proteomic analysis. Orthotopic kidney transplantations were performed using Fisher (F344) or Lewis rats as donors and Lewis rats as recipients. Syngenic control group (Group I) constituted F344-to-F344 orthotopic kidney allo-transplantations (n = 8); and allogenic group (Group II) consisted of F344-to-Lewis orthotopic kidney allo-transplantations (n = 8). Renal tissues were harvested 7 days after transplantation. Samples were analyzed using 2-D electrophoresis and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry. 6 differentially expressed proteins were identified between allogenic group and syngenic control group. A rat model of acute renal allograft rejection was successfully set up. Differentially expressed proteins in renal allograft tissue of rat were detected using proteomic analysis and might serve as novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets in human. Quantitative proteomics, using MALDL-TOF-MS methodology has the potential to provide a profiling and a deeper understanding of acute renal rejection.

  15. OX40 mRNA in peripheral blood as a biomarker of acute renal allograft rejection

    WANG Yu-liang; FU Ying-xin; ZHU Zhi-jun; WANG Hui; SHEN Zhong-yang


    Background Acute rejection remains an important cause of renal allograft dysfunction and the need for accurate diagnosis is essential to successfully treat transplant recipients.The purpose of this study was to determine the costimulatory molecules OX40 and OX40L messenger RNA (mRNA) levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) to predict acute renal transplant rejection.Methods The whole blood samples from 20 recipients with biopsy-confirmed acute rejection (rejection group),20 recipients with stable graft function and normal biopsy results (stable group) after kidney transplantation,and 20 healthy volunteers (control group) were collected.The mRNA levels of OX40 and OX40L were analyzed with TaqMan real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).The association of OX40 and OX40L mRNA levels with disease severity was investigated.Results There was no significant difference of OX40,OX40L mRNA levels in PBMCs between the stable group and control group (P>0.05).The levels of OX40 and OX40L mRNA were significantly higher in the rejection group than in the control group (P<0.01 and P<0.05,respectively).Non-significantly higher OX40L mRNA and significantly higher OX40 mRNA in PBMCs were observed in subjects in the rejection group compared with the stable group (P >0.05 and P <0.01,respectively).Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis demonstrated that OX40 mRNA levels could discriminate recipients who subsequently suffered acute allograft rejection (area under the curve,0.908).OX40 and OX40L mRNA levels did not significantly correlate with serum creatinine levels in the rejection group (P >0.05).Levels of OX40 mRNA after anti-rejection therapy were lower than those at the time of protocol biopsy in the rejection group (P<0.05).Conclusion Our data suggest that measurement of OX40 mRNA levels after transplant might offer a noninvasive means for recognizing recipients at risk of acute renal allograft rejection.

  16. MicroRNA-10b downregulation mediates acute rejection of renal allografts by derepressing BCL2L11

    Liu, Xiaoyou [Department of Organ Transplantation, Zhujiang Hospital, Guangzhou 510282 (China); Dong, Changgui [Institute of Molecular Ecology and Evolution, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062 (China); Jiang, Zhengyao [Department of Organ Transplantation, Zhujiang Hospital, Guangzhou 510282 (China); Wu, William K.K. [Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China); State Key Laboratory of Digestive Diseases, LKS Institute of Health Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China); Chan, Matthew T.V. [Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China); Zhang, Jie [Department of Organ Transplantation, Zhujiang Hospital, Guangzhou 510282 (China); Li, Haibin; Qin, Ke [Guangxi Key Laboratory for Transplantation Medicine Department of Organ Transplantation in Guangzhou Military Region, Institute of Transplant Medicine, 303 Hospital of People' s Liberation Army, Nanning, Guangxi 530021 (China); Sun, Xuyong, E-mail: [Guangxi Key Laboratory for Transplantation Medicine Department of Organ Transplantation in Guangzhou Military Region, Institute of Transplant Medicine, 303 Hospital of People' s Liberation Army, Nanning, Guangxi 530021 (China)


    Kidney transplantation is the major therapeutic option for end-stage kidney diseases. However, acute rejection could cause allograft loss in some of these patients. Emerging evidence supports that microRNA (miRNA) dysregulation is implicated in acute allograft rejection. In this study, we used next-generation sequencing to profile miRNA expression in normal and acutely rejected kidney allografts. Among 75 identified dysregulated miRNAs, miR-10b was the most significantly downregulated miRNAs in rejected allografts. Transfecting miR-10b inhibitor into human renal glomerular endothelial cells recapitulated key features of acute allograft rejection, including endothelial cell apoptosis, release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor α, interferon-γ, and chemokine (C–C motif) ligand 2) and chemotaxis of macrophages whereas transfection of miR-10b mimics had opposite effects. Downregulation of miR-10b directly derepressed the expression of BCL2L11 (an apoptosis inducer) as revealed by luciferase reporter assay. Taken together, miR-10b downregulation mediates many aspects of disease pathogenicity of acute kidney allograft rejection. Restoring miR-10b expression in glomerular endothelial cells could be a novel therapeutic approach to reduce acute renal allograft loss. - Highlights: • miR-10b was the most downregulated microRNAs in acutely rejected renal allografts. • miR-10b downregulation triggered glomerular endothelial cell apoptosis. • miR-10b downregulation induced release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. • miR-10b downregulation derepressed its pro-apoptotic target BCL2L11.

  17. Donor liver natural killer cells alleviate liver allograft acute rejection in rats

    Jian-Dong Yu; Tian-Zhu Long; Guo-Lin Li; Li-Hong Lv; Hao-Ming Lin; Yong-Heng Huang; Ya-Jin Chen; Yun-Le Wan


    BACKGROUND: Liver enriched natural killer (NK) cells are of high immune activity. However, the function of donor liver NK cells in allogeneic liver transplantation (LTx) remains unclear. METHODS: Ten Gy of whole body gamma-irradiation (WBI) from a 60Co source at 0.6 Gy/min was used for depleting donor-derived leukocytes, and transfusion of purified liver NK cells isolated from the same type rat as donor (donor type liver NK cells, dtlNKs) through portal vein was performed immediately after grafting the irradiated liver. Post-transplant survival observation on recipients and histopathological detection of liver grafts were adoptive to evaluate the biological impact of donor liver NK cells on recipients' survival in rat LTx. RESULTS: Transfusion of dtlNKs did not shorten the survival time among the recipients of spontaneous tolerance model (BN to LEW rat) after rat LTx, but prolonged the liver graft survival among the recipients depleted of donor-derived leukocytes in the acute rejection model (LEW to BN rat). Compared to the recipients in the groups which received the graft depleted of donor-derived leukocytes, better survival and less damage in the allografts were also found among the recipients in the two different strain combinations of liver allograft due to transfusion of dtlNKs. CONCLUSIONS: Donor liver NK cells alone do not exacerbate liver allograft acute rejection. Conversely, they can alleviate it, and improve the recipients' survival.

  18. Decreased humoral antibody episodes of acute renal allograft rejection in recipients expressing the HLA-DQβ1*0202 allele.

    Mannam, Venkat K R; Santos, Mark; Lewis, Robert E; Cruse, Julius M


    The present investigation was designed to show the effect of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II molecular allelic specificities in the recipient on the induction of humoral antibody rejection, identified by C4d peritubular capillary staining, as well as specific antibody identified by Luminex technology. Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules are expressed on dendritic cells, macrophages, and B lymphocytes and they present antigenic peptides to CD4 positive T lymphocytes. Human renal peritubular and glomerular capillaries express class II MHC molecules upon activation. Expression of class II molecules on renal microvascular endothelial cells exposes them to possible interaction with specific circulating antibodies. We hypothesize that HLA-DQβ1*0202 expression in recipients decreases the likelihood of antibody-mediated renal allograft rejection. We found that 80% (=25) of DQ2 positive haplotype recipients failed to induce humoral antibody renal allograft rejection and 20% (n=25) of DQ2 positive haplotype recipients induced humoral antibody renal allograft rejection (p=0.008). By contrast, 48% (n=46) of DQ2 negative haplotype recipients failed to induce a humoral antibody component of renal allograft rejection and 52% (n=46) of DQ2 negative haplotype recipients induced humoral antibody-mediated renal allograft rejection. Our results suggest that recipients who express the DQβ1*0202 allele are less likely to induce a humoral antibody component of acute renal allograft rejection than are those expressing DQ1, DQ3, or DQ4 alleles. DQβ1*0202 allele expression in recipients could possibly be protective against acute humoral allograft rejection and might serve as a future criterion in recipient selection and in appropriate therapy for acute renal rejection episodes.

  19. Treatment of Steroid-Resistant Acute Renal Allograft Rejection With Alemtuzumab

    van den Hoogen, M. W. F.; Hesselink, D. A.; van Son, W. J.; Weimar, W.; Hilbrands, L. B.


    Steroid-resistant renal allograft rejections are commonly treated with rabbit antithymocyte globulin (RATG), but alemtuzumab could be an effective, safe and more convenient alternative. Adult patients with steroid-resistant renal allograft rejection treated with alemtuzumab (1530 mg s.c. on 2 subseq

  20. Treatment of steroid-resistant acute renal allograft rejection with alemtuzumab

    Hoogen, M.W. van den; Hesselink, D.A.; Son, W.J. van; Weimar, W.; Hilbrands, L.B.


    Steroid-resistant renal allograft rejections are commonly treated with rabbit antithymocyte globulin (RATG), but alemtuzumab could be an effective, safe and more convenient alternative. Adult patients with steroid-resistant renal allograft rejection treated with alemtuzumab (15-30 mg s.c. on 2 subse

  1. Early diagnosis of acute renal allograft rejection: efficacy of macrophage migration inhibition test as an immunological diagnosis



    Full Text Available 1. Three cases of acute rejection were detected by macrophage migration inhibition tests (MIT conducted directly on seven patients who had received renal allografts. The macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF activity was positive in all cases 1-2 days before the appearance of acute rejection. 2. After the administration of a high dose of Solu-Medrol (1g/day for 3 days to suppress the acute rejection, MIF activity recovered to its normal level 3 days later. These findings seem to indicate that MIT yields immunologically useful criteria for the early detection of an acute rejection.

  2. Renal allograft rejection: sonography and scintigraphy

    Singh, A.; Cohen, W.N.


    A total of 30 renal allograft patients who had sonographic B scanning and radionuclide studies of the transplant was studied as to whether: (1) the allograft rejection was associated with any consistent and reliable sonographic features and (2) the sonograms complemented the radionuclide studies. Focal areas of decreased parenchymal echogenicity were the most striking and consistent sonographic finding in chymal echogenicity were the most striking and consistens sonographic finding in allograft rejection. This was observed in most of the patients exhibiting moderate or severe rejection, but was frequently absent with mild rejection. Areas of decreased parenchymal echogenicity were not seen during episodes of acute tubular necrosis. Therefore, sonography showing zones of decreased parenchymal echogenicity was complementary to radionuclide studies in the diagnosis of allograft rejection versus acute tubular necrosis. Corticomedullary demarcation was difficult to interpret because of technical variables, and was inconsistently related to rejection in this series.

  3. Utility of Double Filtration Plasmapheresis in Acute Antibody Mediated Renal Allograft Rejection: Report of Three Cases

    Yalçın SOLAK


    Full Text Available Plasmapheresis is an extracorporeal procedure, which is often employed to rapidly lower circulating titers of autoantibodies, immune complexes or toxins. There are two types of plasmapheresis namely, regular plasmapheresis (RPP by centrifugation and membrane filtration, and double filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP which is a special form of membrane filtration in which two membranes called as plasma separator and plasma fractionator are employed to filter macromolecules more selectively. DFPP have several advantages over RP. Despite widespread utilization of DFPP in the setting of ABO blood group incompatible kidney transplantation, there is no report regarding DFPP in patients with antibody mediated acute renal allograft rejection who are good candidates for beneficial effects of DFPP. Here we report three renal transplant recipients in whom DFPP was applied as a component of anti-rejection treatment regimen.

  4. Renal and urinary levels of endothelial protein C receptor correlate with acute renal allograft rejection.

    Lionel Lattenist

    Full Text Available The Endothelial Protein C Receptor (EPCR is expressed on leukocytes, on endothelium of large blood vessels and to a lesser extent on capillaries. Membrane bound EPCR plays an important role in the activation of protein C which has anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective effects. After cleavage by a protease EPCR is also found as a soluble protein. Acute rejection of kidney allografts can be divided in T-cell-mediated rejection (TCMR and antibody-mediated (ABMR rejection. The latter is characterized by strong activation of coagulation. Currently no reliable non-invasive biomarkers are available to monitor rejection. Renal biopsies were available from 81 renal transplant patients (33 without rejection, 26 TCMR and 22 ABMR, we had access to mRNA material, matched plasma and urine samples for a portion of this cohort. Renal EPCR expression was assessed by RT-PCR and immunostaining. Plasma and urine sEPCR levels were measured by ELISA. ABMR patients showed higher levels of EPCR mRNA than TCMR patients. EPCR expression on glomeruli was significantly elevated in ABMR patients than in TCMR or control patients. In the peritubular capillaries EPCR expression was higher in ABMR patients than in control patients. EPCR expression was higher in tubules and arteries of rejection patients than in control patients. Plasma sEPCR levels did not differ. Urine sEPCR levels were more elevated in the ABMR group than in patients with TCMR or without rejection. ROC analysis demonstrated that urinary sEPCR is appropriate to discriminate between ABMR patients and TCMR or control patients. We conclude that urinary sEPCR could be a novel non-invasive biomarker of antibody mediated rejection in renal transplantation.

  5. Radionuclide diagnosis of allograft rejection

    George, E.A.


    Interaction with one or more anatomical and physiopathological characteristics of the rejecting renal allograft is suggested by those radioagents utilized specifically for the diagnosis of allograft rejection. Rejection, the most common cause of declining allograft function, is frequently mimicked clinically or masked by other immediate or long term post transplant complications. Understanding of the anatomical pathological features and kinetics of rejection and their modification by immunosuppressive maintenance and therapy are important for the proper clinical utilization of these radioagents. Furthermore, in selecting these radionuclides, one has to consider the comparative availability, preparatory and procedural simplicity, acquisition and display techniques and the possibility of timely report. The clinical utilities of radiofibrinogen, /sup 99m/Tc sulfur colloid and /sup 67/Ga in the diagnosis of allograft rejection have been evaluated to a variable extent in the past. The potential usefulness of the recently developed preparations of /sup 111/In labeled autologous leukocytes and platelets are presently under investigation.

  6. [Tubulointerstitial rejection of renal allografts].

    Malušková, Jana; Honsová, Eva


    Tubulo-intersticial rejection represents T-cell mediated rejection of kidney allografts with the morphology of immune-mediated interstitial nephritis. Diagnosis is dependent on the histopathological evaluation of a graft biopsy sample. The key morphological features are interstitial inflammatory infiltrate and damage to tubular epithelial cell which in severe cases can result in the ruptures of the tubular basement membranes. The differential diagnosis of tubulo-interstitial rejection includes acute interstitial nephritis and viral inflammatory kidney diseases, mainly polyomavirus nephropathy.

  7. Detection of acute renal allograft rejection by analysis of renal tissue proteomics in rat models of renal transplantation

    Dai Yong


    Full Text Available At present, the diagnosis of renal allograft rejection requires a renal biopsy. Clinical management of renal transplant patients would be improved if rapid, noninvasive and reliable biomarkers of rejection were available. This study is designed to determine whether such protein biomarkers can be found in renal-graft tissue proteomic approach. Orthotopic kidney transplantations were performed using Fisher (F344 or Lewis rats as donors and Lewis rats as recipients. Hence, there were two groups of renal transplant models: one is allograft (from F344 to Lewis rats; another is syngrafts (from Lewis to Lewis rats serving as control. Renal tissues were collected 3, 7 and 14 days after transplantation. As many as 18 samples were analyzed by 2-D Electrophoresis and mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-TOF-MS. Eleven differentially expressed proteins were identified between groups. In conclusion, proteomic technology can detect renal tissue proteins associated with acute renal allograft rejection. Identification of these proteins as diagnostic markers for rejection in patients′ urine or sera may be useful and non-invasive, and these proteins might serve as novel therapeutic targets that also help to improve the understanding of mechanism of renal rejection.

  8. Treatment of steroid-resistant acute renal allograft rejection with alemtuzumab.

    van den Hoogen, M W F; Hesselink, D A; van Son, W J; Weimar, W; Hilbrands, L B


    Steroid-resistant renal allograft rejections are commonly treated with rabbit antithymocyte globulin (RATG), but alemtuzumab could be an effective, safe and more convenient alternative. Adult patients with steroid-resistant renal allograft rejection treated with alemtuzumab (15-30 mg s.c. on 2 subsequent days) from 2008 to 2012 (n = 11) were compared to patients treated with RATG (2.5-4.0 mg/kg bodyweight i.v. for 10-14 days; n = 20). We assessed treatment-failure (graft loss, lack of improvement of graft function or need for additional anti-rejection treatment), infections during the first 3 months after treatment and infusion-related side effects. In both groups, the median time-interval between rejection and transplantation was 2 weeks, and approximately 75% of rejections were classified as Banff-IIA or higher. Three alemtuzumab-treated patients (27%) experienced treatment failure, compared to eight RATG treated patients (40%, p = 0.70). There was no difference in the incidence of infections. There were mild infusion-related side-effects in three alemtuzumab-treated patients (27%), and more severe infusion-related side effects in 17 RATG-treated patients (85%, p = 0.013). Drug related costs of alemtuzumab-treatment were lower than of RATG-treatment (€1050 vs. €2024; p Alemtuzumab might be an effective therapy for steroid-resistant renal allograft rejections. In contrast to RATG, alemtuzumab is nearly devoid of infusion-related side-effects. These data warrant a prospective trial.

  9. Sonographic findings in borderline changes and subclinical acute renal allograft rejection

    Krejci, Karel [3rd Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Faculty Hospital Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail:; Zadrazil, Josef [3rd Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Faculty Hospital Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail:; Tichy, Tomas [Institute of Pathology, Faculty Hospital Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail:; Al-Jabry, Sadek [3rd Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Faculty Hospital Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail:; Horcicka, Vladko [3rd Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Faculty Hospital Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail:; Strebl, Pavel [3rd Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Faculty Hospital Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail:; Bachleda, Petr [2nd Surgical Department and Transplant Centrum, Faculty Hospital Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail:


    Purpose: A clinically manifested acute rejection is associated with graft dysfunction and with some ultrasound findings. The aim of our study was to determine the potential of ultrasound evaluation in the detection of subclinical acute rejective changes diagnosed in stable grafts by protocol biopsy. Methods: Gray-scale evaluation, color Doppler imaging (CDI) and power Doppler imaging (PDI) was performed before each of 184 protocol graft biopsies in 77 patients in the third week, third month and first year after transplantation. The group was divided into four subgroups-normal histological finding, borderline changes, subclinical acute rejection of IA grade, and a clinically manifested acute rejection of IA grade. The sonographic findings were compared with individual groups. Results: Detection of parenchymal edema using gray-scale imaging significantly differentiated borderline changes and subclinical acute rejection of IA grade from normal histological findings in the third week and in the third month (P = 0.013, P = 0.002 and P = 0.024, P < 0.001), respectively. A similar finding could be recorded in the latter group in the first year after transplantation (P = 0.024). The presence of edema and reduced peripheral parenchymal perfusion in PDI significantly more often indicated a clinically manifested acute IA rejection (P = 0.019, P = 0.004, P = 0.044). Parenchymal CDI hyperperfusion had a high specificity (89.5%) but a low sensitivity (60%) in the detection of the subclinical form of acute IA rejection. Conclusion: A composite gray-scale, PDI and CDI evaluation provide a significant differentiation of groups with borderline changes and subclinical acute rejection and groups with normal histological finding and clinically manifested acute rejection.

  10. Programmed death 1 mRNA in peripheral blood as biomarker of acute renal allograft rejection

    WANG Ya-wen; WANG Zhen; SHI Bing-yi


    Background Invasive kidney biopsy is a priority diagnostic method for the acute rejection after renal transplantation for the past decades. However, no effective and noninvasive assay for predicting the severity of acute rejection is in wide use at present. This study was designed to investigate the predictive value of programmed death 1 (PD-1) mRNA for acute rejection after renal transplantation with real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). A noninvasive diagnostic method has been expected to replace the tranditional kidney biopsy for the diagnosis of acute rejection and prediction of the outcome after kidney transplantation.Methods The whole blood samples from 19 subjects with acute rejection, 20 subjects with delayed graft function (DGF)and 21 subjects with stable recipients after kidney transplantation in a single kidney transplantation center between 2006 and 2009 were collected. The messenger RNA (mRNA) of PD-1 was analyzed with real-time RT-PCR. The associations of PD-1 mRNA levels with acute rejection and disease severity were investigated.Results The log-transformed ratio of PD-1 mRNA to GAPDH mRNA was higher in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) from the group with acute rejection (4.52±1.1) than that from the group with DGF (1.12±0.6) or the group with normal biopsy results (0.7±0.4) (P <0.01, by the Kruskal-Wallis test). PD-1 mRNA levels were correlated with serum creatinine levels measured at the time of biopsy in the acute rejection group (Spearman's correlation coefficient, r=0.81,P=0.03), but not in the group with DGF or the group with normal biopsy results. PD-1 mRNA levels identified subjects at risk for graft failure within six months after the incident episode of acute rejection.Conclusions Our data suggest that PD-1 status may be a new predictor of acute rejection and the levels of PD-1mRNA in whole blood cells may positively correlate with the severity of acute rejection after renal transplantation

  11. The ratio of circulating regulatory T cells (Tregs)/Th17 cells is associated with acute allograft rejection in liver transplantation.

    Wang, Ying; Zhang, Min; Liu, Zhen-Wen; Ren, Wei-Guo; Shi, Yan-Chao; Sun, Yan-Ling; Wang, Hong-Bo; Jin, Lei; Wang, Fu-Sheng; Shi, Ming


    CD4(+)CD25(+)FoxP3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) and Th17 cells are known to be involved in the alloreactive responses in organ transplantation, but little is known about the relationship between Tregs and Th17 cells in the context of liver alloresponse. Here, we investigated whether the circulating Tregs/Th17 ratio is associated with acute allograft rejection in liver transplantation. In present study, thirty-eight patients who received liver transplant were enrolled. The patients were divided into two groups: acute allograft rejection group (Gr-AR) (n = 16) and stable allograft liver function group (Gr-SF) (n = 22). The frequencies of circulating Tregs and circulating Th17 cells, as well as Tregs/Th17 ratio were determined using flow cytometry. The association between Tregs/Th17 ratio and acute allograft rejection was then analyzed. Our results showed that the frequency of circulating Tregs was significantly decreased, whereas the frequency of circulating Th17 cells was significantly increased in liver allograft recipients who developed acute rejection. Tregs/Th17 ratio had a negative correlation with liver damage indices and the score of rejection activity index (RAI) after liver transplantation. In addition, the percentages of CTLA-4(+), HLA-DR(+), Ki67(+), and IL-10(+) Tregs were higher in Gr-SF group than in Gr-AR group. Our results suggested that the ratio of circulating Tregs/Th17 cells is associated with acute allograft rejection, thus the ratio may serve as an alternative marker for the diagnosis of acute rejection.

  12. Differentiation between renal allograft rejection and acute tubular necrosis by renal scan

    Delmonico, F.L.; McKusick, K.A.; Cosimi, A.B.; Russell, P.S.


    The usefulness of the renal scan in diagnosing technical complications in the transplant patient is well established. However, the ability of the renal scan to differentiate between acute rejection and acute tubular necrosis has remained uncertain. We have evaluated the effectiveness of the /sup 99m/Tc DTPA computer-derived time-activity curve of renal cortical perfusion, as well as data obtained from scintillation camera images, in making such diagnoses. Fifteen patients with a clinical diagnosis of either acute rejection or acute tubular necrosis, or both, were studied retrospectively. Technetium scan diagnoses did not agree with the clinical assessment in nine of the patients. Thus selection of a course of treatment should not be based on data obtained from the scan alone.

  13. Significance and suppression of redundant IL17 responses in acute allograft rejection by bioinformatics based drug repositioning of fenofibrate.

    Silke Roedder

    Full Text Available Despite advanced immunosuppression, redundancy in the molecular diversity of acute rejection (AR often results in incomplete resolution of the injury response. We present a bioinformatics based approach for identification of these redundant molecular pathways in AR and a drug repositioning approach to suppress these using FDA approved drugs currently available for non-transplant indications. Two independent microarray data-sets from human renal allograft biopsies (n = 101 from patients on majorly Th1/IFN-y immune response targeted immunosuppression, with and without AR, were profiled. Using gene-set analysis across 3305 biological pathways, significant enrichment was found for the IL17 pathway in AR in both data-sets. Recent evidence suggests IL17 pathway as an important escape mechanism when Th1/IFN-y mediated responses are suppressed. As current immunosuppressions do not specifically target the IL17 axis, 7200 molecular compounds were interrogated for FDA approved drugs with specific inhibition of this axis. A combined IL17/IFN-y suppressive role was predicted for the antilipidemic drug Fenofibrate. To assess the immunregulatory action of Fenofibrate, we conducted in-vitro treatment of anti-CD3/CD28 stimulated human peripheral blood cells (PBMC, and, as predicted, Fenofibrate reduced IL17 and IFN-γ gene expression in stimulated PMBC. In-vivo Fenofibrate treatment of an experimental rodent model of cardiac AR reduced infiltration of total leukocytes, reduced expression of IL17/IFN-y and their pathway related genes in allografts and recipients' spleens, and extended graft survival by 21 days (p<0.007. In conclusion, this study provides important proof of concept that meta-analyses of genomic data and drug databases can provide new insights into the redundancy of the rejection response and presents an economic methodology to reposition FDA approved drugs in organ transplantation.

  14. Donor-Derived Ip-10 Initiates Development of Acute Allograft Rejection

    Hancock, Wayne W.; Gao, Wei; Csizmadia, Vilmos; Faia, Kerrie L.; Shemmeri, Nida; Luster, Andrew D.


    An allograft is often considered an immunologically inert playing field on which host leukocytes assemble and wreak havoc. However, we demonstrate that graft-specific physiologic responses to early injury initiate and promulgate destruction of vascularized grafts. Serial analysis of allografts showed that intragraft expression of the three chemokine ligands for the CXC chemo-kine receptor CXCR3 was induced in the order of interferon (IFN)-γ–inducible protein of 10 kD (IP-10, or CXCL10), IFN-i...

  15. Association of high HLA-E expression during acute cellular rejection and numbers of HLA class I leader peptide mismatches with reduced renal allograft survival.

    Guberina, Hana; Rebmann, Vera; Wagner, Bettina; da Silva Nardi, Fabiola; Dziallas, Phillip; Dolff, Sebastian; Bienholz, Anja; Wohlschlaeger, Jeremias; Bankfalvi, Agnes; Heinemann, Falko M; Witzke, Oliver; Zoet, Yvonne M; Claas, Frans H J; Horn, Peter A; Kribben, Andreas; Doxiadis, Ilias I N


    Non-classical Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA)-E preferentially presents leader peptides derived from classical HLA-class I molecules. HLA-E can trigger opposed immune responses by interacting with inhibitory NKG2A or by activating NKG2C receptors on NK and T-cells. We studied the impact of HLA-E on renal allograft survival during acute cellular rejection. HLA-E expression was up-regulated in acute cellular rejection (ACR) biopsies (n=12) compared to biopsies from 13 renal allografts with no rejection-signs. HLA-E up-regulation was correlated with numbers of HLA-class I leader peptide mismatches (p=0.04). CD8+ and CD56+ infiltrating cells correlated with HLA-E expression (pE-mediated immune activation. Moreover, HLA-E expression correlated with deterioration in renal allograft function (pE along with high numbers of mismatched HLA-class I leader peptides might represent additional targets for immune-activating responses.

  16. Role of 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 in preventing acute rejection of allograft following rat orthotopic liver transplantation

    章爱斌; 郑树森; 贾长库; 王雁


    Background We investigated the role of 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1, 25-(OH)2D3) in preventing allograft from acute rejection following orthotopic liver transplantation. Methods A rat orthotopic liver transplantation model was used in this study. SD-Wistar rats served as a high responder strain combination. Recipients were subjected to administration of 1, 25-(OH)2 D3 at dosages ranging from 0.25 μg·kg-1*d-1 to 2.5 μg·kg-1*d-1. Survival after transplantation as well as pathological rejection grades and IFN-γ mRNA, IL-10 mRNA transcription intragraft on day 7, and day 30 post-transplantation were observed. Results After recipients were treated with 1, 25(OH)2 D3 at dosages of 0.5 μg*kg-1*d-1 or 1.0 μ g*kg-1*d-1, survivals of recipients were prolonged. Ninety-five percent confidence intervals of survival were 46-87 days and 69-102 days (both P=0.0005 vs control group), respectively. On day seven post-transplantation, relative levels of IFN-γ mRNA transcription were 0.59±0.12 and 0.49±0.16, which was higher than the control group (P=0.005, P=0.003, respectively). Relative levels of IL-10 mRNA transcription were 0.83±0.09 and 0.76±0.09, which was lower than the control group (P=0.002, P=0.003, respectively). At a dosage of 0.5 μg·kg-1*d-1, the median of pathological rejection grade on day seven and on day thirty post-transplantation were 1.5 and 2.0 in comparison with the CsA-treated group (P=0.178, P=0.171, respectively). At a dosage of 0.5 μg·kg-1*d-1, the median of pathological rejection grade on day seven and day thirty post-transplantation were 1.5 and 1.5 in comparison with CsA-treated group (P=0.350, P=0.693, respectively).Conclusion After each recipient was treated with 1,25-(OH)2 D3 at a dosage of (0.5-1.0) μg·kg-1*d-1, transcription of cytokine intragraft was accommodated effectively and deviated to Th2 type, resulting in alleviation of acute rejection. 1, 25-(OH)2 D3 can prolong survival of recipient after orthotopic liver transplantation.

  17. Renal allograft rejection. Unusual scintigraphic findings

    Desai, A.G.; Park, C.H.


    During sequential renal imagining for evaluation of clinically suspected rejection, focal areas of functioning renal tissue were seen in two cases of renal transplant in the midst of severe and irreversible renal allograft rejection. A probable explanation for this histopathologically confirmed and previously unreported finding is discussed.

  18. Chronic Kidney Isograft and Allograft Rejection

    严群; 张鹏; 杨传永


    Summary: In this study antigen-independent factor in the pathogenesis of chronic rejection of organ transplants was examined. Kidney isografts and allografts were transplanted orthotopically into bilaterally nephroectomized rat recipients and studied functionally, morphologically and immunohistologically, at serial intervals up to 52 weeks after transplantation. Allograft recipients developed progressive proteinuria after 12 weeks, with gradual renal failure ultimately leading to death. At the same time, morphological changes, including progressive arteriosclerosis and glomerulosclerosis, tubular atrophy and interstitial fibrosis, developed. Immunohistologically, macrophages infiltrated glomeruli during this period and cytokines became unregulated. Our resuits showed that antigen-independent functional and morphological changes occurred in long-term kidney isografts and mimicked those appearing much earlier in allografts that reject chronically.Initial injury and extent of functioning renal mass is suggested to be important factor for such late changes.

  19. B cells assist allograft rejection in the deficiency of protein kinase c-theta.

    Yan, Wenwei; Xu, Rui; Ma, Lian Li; Han, Wei; Geevarghese, Sunil K; Williams, Phillip E; Sciammas, Roger; Chong, Anita S; Yin, Deng Ping


    We have previously shown that mice deficient in protein kinase C theta (PKCθ) have the ability to reject cardiac allografts, but are susceptible to tolerance induction. Here we tested role of B cells in assisting alloimmune responses in the absence of PKCθ. Mouse cardiac allograft transplantations were performed from Balb/c (H-2d) to PKCθ knockout (PKCθ(-/-)), PKCθ and B cell double-knockout (PBDK, H-2b) mice and wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 (H-2b) mice. PBDK mice spontaneously accepted the allografts with the inhibition of NF-κB activation in the donor cardiac allograft. Anti-B cell antibody (rituximab) significantly delayed allograft rejection in PKCθ(-/-), but not in WT mice. Co-transfer of PKCθ(-/-) T plus PKCθ(-/-) B cells or primed sera triggered allograft rejection in Rag1(-/-) mice, and only major histocompatibility complex class II-enriched B cells, but not class I-enriched B cells, were able to promote rejection. This, together with the inability of PKCθ(-/-) and CD28(-/-) double-deficient (PCDK) mice to acutely reject allografts, suggested that an effective cognate interaction between PKCθ(-/-) T and B cells for acute rejection is CD28 molecule dependent. We conclude that T-B cell interactions synergize with PKCθ(-/-) T cells to mediate acute allograft rejection.

  20. The number of regulatory T cells in transbronchial lung allograft biopsies is related to FoxP3 mRNA levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and to the degree of acute cellular rejection

    Krustrup, Dorrit; Madsen, Caroline B; Iversen, Martin;


    The transcription factor Forkhead Box P3 (FoxP3) is a marker of regulatory T cells (Tregs) - a subset of T cells known to suppress a wide range of immune responses. These cells are considered to be pivotal for the induction of tolerance to donor antigens in human allografts. We aimed to correlate...... the number of lymphocytes expressing FoxP3 in transbronchial biopsies from lung allografts with the FoxP3 expression in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). In addition, we aimed to correlate the number of FoxP3+ cells in transbronchial biopsies with the degree of acute cellular rejection in lung allografts....

  1. Uremic escape of renal allograft rejection

    van Schilfgaarde, R. (Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (Netherlands). Academisch Ziekenhuis); van Breda Vriesman, P.J.C. (Rijksuniversiteit Limburg Maastricht (Netherlands). Dept. of Immunopathology)


    It is demonstrated in rats that, in the presence of early postoperative severe but transient uremia, the survival of first set Brown-Norway (BN) renal allografts in Lewis (LEW) recipients is at least three times prolonged when compared to non-uremic controls. This phenomenon is called 'uremic escape of renal allograft rejection'. By means of lethal X-irradiation of donors of BN kidneys transplanted into transiently uremic and non-uremic LEW recipients, the presence of passenger lymphocyte immunocompetence is demonstrated to be obilgatory for this phenomenon to occur. As a result of mobile passenger lymphocyte immunocompetence, a graft-versus-host (GVH) reaction is elicited in the spleens of LEW recipients of BN kidneys which amplifies the host response. The splenomegaly observed in LEW recipients of BN kidneys is caused not only by this GVH reaction, which is shown to be exquisitely sensitive to even mild uremia. It is also contributed to by a proliferative response of the host against the graft (which latter response is equated with an in vivo equivalent of a unilateral mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR)), since the reduction in spleen weights caused by abrogation of mobile passenger lymphocyte immunocompetence brought about by lethal donor X-irradiation is increased significantly by early postoperative severe but transient uremia. It is concluded that in uremic escape of renal allograft rejection both reactions are suppressed by uremia during the early post-operative period.

  2. Cytomegalovirus and chronic allograft rejection in liver transplantation

    Liang-Hui Gao; Shu-Sen Zheng


    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) remains one of the most frequent viral infections and the most common cause of death after liver transplantation (LT). Chronic allograft liver rejection remains the major obstacle to long-term allograft survival and CMV infection is one of the suggested risk factors for chronic allograft rejection. The precise relationship between cytomegalovirus and chronic rejection remains uncertain.This review addresses the morbidity of cytomegalovirus infection and the risk factors associated with it, the relationship between cytomegalovirus and chronic allograft liver rejection and the potential mechanisms of it.

  3. NF-κB activation and zinc finger protein A20 expression in mature dendritic cells derived from liver allografts undergoing acute rejection

    Ming-Qing Xu; Wei Wang; Lan Xue; Lv-Nan Yan


    AIM: To investigate the role of NF-κB activation and zinc finger protein A20 expression in the regulation of maturation of dendritic cells (DCs) derived from liver allografts undergoing acute rejection. METHODS: Sixty donor male SD rats and sixty recipient male LEW rats weighing 220-300 g were randomly divided into whole liver transplantation group and partial liver transplantation group. Allogeneic (SD rat to LEW rat) whole and 50 % partial liver transplantation were performed. DCs from liver grafts 0 hour and 4 days after transplantation were isolated and propagated in the presence of GM-CSF in vitro. Morphological characteristics and phenotypical features of DCs propagated for 10 days were analyzed by electron microscopy and flow cytometry, respectively. NF-κB binding activity, IL-12p70 protein and zinc finger protein A20expression in these DCs were measured by EMSA and Western blotting, respectively. Histological grading of rejection was determined. RESULTS: Allogeneic whole liver grafts showed no signs of rejection on day 4 after the transplantation. In contrast,allogeneic partial liver grafts demonstrated moderate to severe rejection on day 4 after the transplantation. After propagation for 10 days in the presence of GM-CSF in vitro,DCs from allogeneic whole liver grafts exhibited features of immature DC with absence of CD40 surface expression,these DCs were found to exhibit detectable but very low level of NF-κB activity, IL-12 p70 protein and zinc finger protein A20 expression. Whereas, DCs from allogeneic partial liver graft 4 days after transplantation displayed features of mature DC, with high level of CD40 surface expression, and as a consequence, higher expression of IL-12p70 protein, higher activities of NF-κB and higher expression of zinc finger protein A20 compared with those of DCs from whole liver grafts (P<0.001). CONCLUSION: These results suggest that A20expression is up-regulated in response to NF-κB activation in mature DCs derived from

  4. Non-invasive imaging of acute renal allograft rejection in rats using small animal F-FDG-PET.

    Stefan Reuter

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: At present, renal grafts are the most common solid organ transplants world-wide. Given the importance of renal transplantation and the limitation of available donor kidneys, detailed analysis of factors that affect transplant survival are important. Despite the introduction of new and effective immunosuppressive drugs, acute cellular graft rejection (AR is still a major risk for graft survival. Nowadays, AR can only be definitively by renal biopsy. However, biopsies carry a risk of renal transplant injury and loss. Most important, they can not be performed in patients taking anticoagulant drugs. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We present a non-invasive, entirely image-based method to assess AR in an allogeneic rat renal transplantation model using small animal positron emission tomography (PET and (18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG. 3 h after i.v. injection of 30 MBq FDG into adult uni-nephrectomized, allogeneically transplanted rats, tissue radioactivity of renal parenchyma was assessed in vivo by a small animal PET-scanner (post operative day (POD 1,2,4, and 7 and post mortem dissection. The mean radioactivity (cps/mm(3 tissue as well as the percent injected dose (%ID was compared between graft and native reference kidney. Results were confirmed by histological and autoradiographic analysis. Healthy rats, rats with acute CSA nephrotoxicity, with acute tubular necrosis, and syngeneically transplanted rats served as controls. FDG-uptake was significantly elevated only in allogeneic grafts from POD 1 on when compared to the native kidney (%ID graft POD 1: 0.54+/-0.06; POD 2: 0.58+/-0.12; POD 4: 0.81+/-0.06; POD 7: 0.77+/-0.1; CTR: 0.22+/-0.01, n = 3-28. Renal FDG-uptake in vivo correlated with the results obtained by micro-autoradiography and the degree of inflammatory infiltrates observed in histology. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: We propose that graft FDG-PET imaging is a new option to non-invasively, specifically, early detect, and follow

  5. Monitoring pharmacologically induced immunosuppression by immune repertoire sequencing to detect acute allograft rejection in heart transplant patients: a proof-of-concept diagnostic accuracy study.

    Christopher Vollmers


    Full Text Available It remains difficult to predict and to measure the efficacy of pharmacological immunosuppression. We hypothesized that measuring the B-cell repertoire would enable assessment of the overall level of immunosuppression after heart transplantation.In this proof-of-concept study, we implemented a molecular-barcode-based immune repertoire sequencing assay that sensitively and accurately measures the isotype and clonal composition of the circulating B cell repertoire. We used this assay to measure the temporal response of the B cell repertoire to immunosuppression after heart transplantation. We selected a subset of 12 participants from a larger prospective cohort study ( NCT01985412 that is ongoing at Stanford Medical Center and for which enrollment started in March 2010. This subset of 12 participants was selected to represent post-heart-transplant events, with and without acute rejection (six participants with moderate-to-severe rejection and six without. We analyzed 130 samples from these patients, with an average follow-up period of 15 mo. Immune repertoire sequencing enables the measurement of a patient's net state of immunosuppression (correlation with tacrolimus level, r = -0.867, 95% CI -0.968 to -0.523, p = 0.0014, as well as the diagnosis of acute allograft rejection, which is preceded by increased immune activity with a sensitivity of 71.4% (95% CI 30.3% to 94.9% and a specificity of 82.0% (95% CI 72.1% to 89.1% (cell-free donor-derived DNA as noninvasive gold standard. To illustrate the potential of immune repertoire sequencing to monitor atypical post-transplant trajectories, we analyzed two more patients, one with chronic infections and one with amyloidosis. A larger, prospective study will be needed to validate the power of immune repertoire sequencing to predict rejection events, as this proof-of-concept study is limited to a small number of patients who were selected based on several criteria including the

  6. Monitoring Pharmacologically Induced Immunosuppression by Immune Repertoire Sequencing to Detect Acute Allograft Rejection in Heart Transplant Patients: A Proof-of-Concept Diagnostic Accuracy Study

    Valantine, Hannah A.; Penland, Lolita; Luikart, Helen; Strehl, Calvin; Cohen, Garrett; Khush, Kiran K.; Quake, Stephen R.


    Background It remains difficult to predict and to measure the efficacy of pharmacological immunosuppression. We hypothesized that measuring the B-cell repertoire would enable assessment of the overall level of immunosuppression after heart transplantation. Methods and Findings In this proof-of-concept study, we implemented a molecular-barcode-based immune repertoire sequencing assay that sensitively and accurately measures the isotype and clonal composition of the circulating B cell repertoire. We used this assay to measure the temporal response of the B cell repertoire to immunosuppression after heart transplantation. We selected a subset of 12 participants from a larger prospective cohort study ( NCT01985412) that is ongoing at Stanford Medical Center and for which enrollment started in March 2010. This subset of 12 participants was selected to represent post-heart-transplant events, with and without acute rejection (six participants with moderate-to-severe rejection and six without). We analyzed 130 samples from these patients, with an average follow-up period of 15 mo. Immune repertoire sequencing enables the measurement of a patient’s net state of immunosuppression (correlation with tacrolimus level, r = −0.867, 95% CI −0.968 to −0.523, p = 0.0014), as well as the diagnosis of acute allograft rejection, which is preceded by increased immune activity with a sensitivity of 71.4% (95% CI 30.3% to 94.9%) and a specificity of 82.0% (95% CI 72.1% to 89.1%) (cell-free donor-derived DNA as noninvasive gold standard). To illustrate the potential of immune repertoire sequencing to monitor atypical post-transplant trajectories, we analyzed two more patients, one with chronic infections and one with amyloidosis. A larger, prospective study will be needed to validate the power of immune repertoire sequencing to predict rejection events, as this proof-of-concept study is limited to a small number of patients who were selected based on several

  7. Immuno-histological assessment of sub-clinical acute and borderline rejection in renal allograft recipients: Data from a transplant center in India

    Sonia Badwal


    Full Text Available This single-center study was carried out on living related and unrelated renal transplant recipients (RTRs to evaluate the usefulness of surveillance biopsies in monitoring stable renal allografts using immuno-histological markers for immune-activation. This is a prospective, longitudinal study. Protocol biopsies of 60 RTRs with stable graft function were evaluated at three, six and 12 months post-transplant. Immuno-histological evaluation was carried out using immune-activation markers (perforins, granzyme and interleukin-2R, phenotypic markers (CD-3 and CD-20, viral markers and C4d. The demographic and clinical profile was recorded for each patient. All cases of acute sub-clinical rejection (SCR were treated and borderline SCR cases were followed-up without treatment. SCR at three and six months post-transplant was evident in 16.7% and 3.7% of RTRs, respectively. Positive statistical association of SCR was seen with HLA-DR mismatches, whereas patients receiving induction therapy and tacrolimus-based immunosuppression exhibited a lower incidence of SCR. T cell phenotype with persistent expression of immune-activation markers exhibited positive statistical association with interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy at 12-month follow-up biopsy. The mean creatinine levels were significantly lower in the protocol biopsy group than the non-protocol biopsy group. No significant difference was found between the mean creatinine levels of the SCR group after treatment and the non-SCR cases within the protocol biopsy group. Early treatment of sub-clinical acute rejection leads to better functional outcomes. However, persistent immune-activation is associated with chronicity and may have implications on long-term graft survival.

  8. Immuno-histological assessment of sub-clinical acute and borderline rejection in renal allograft recipients: Data from a transplant center in India.

    Badwal, Sonia; Kumar, Arun; Hooda, A K; Varma, P P


    This single-center study was carried out on living related and unrelated renal transplant recipients (RTRs) to evaluate the usefulness of surveillance biopsies in monitoring stable renal allografts using immuno-histological markers for immune-activation. This is a prospective, longitudinal study. Protocol biopsies of 60 RTRs with stable graft function were evaluated at three, six and 12 months post-transplant. Immuno-histological evaluation was carried out using immune-activation markers (perforins, granzyme and interleukin-2R), phenotypic markers (CD-3 and CD-20), viral markers and C4d. The demographic and clinical profile was recorded for each patient. All cases of acute sub-clinical rejection (SCR) were treated and borderline SCR cases were followed-up without treatment. SCR at three and six months post-transplant was evident in 16.7% and 3.7% of RTRs, respectively. Positive statistical association of SCR was seen with HLA-DR mismatches, whereas patients receiving induction therapy and tacrolimus-based immunosuppression exhibited a lower incidence of SCR. T cell phenotype with persistent expression of immune-activation markers exhibited positive statistical association with interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy at 12-month follow-up biopsy. The mean creatinine levels were significantly lower in the protocol biopsy group than the non-protocol biopsy group. No significant difference was found between the mean creatinine levels of the SCR group after treatment and the non-SCR cases within the protocol biopsy group. Early treatment of sub-clinical acute rejection leads to better functional outcomes. However, persistent immune-activation is associated with chronicity and may have implications on long-term graft survival.

  9. Imaging of cardiac allograft rejection in dogs using indium-111 monoclonal antimyosin Fab

    Addonizio, L.J.; Michler, R.E.; Marboe, C.; Esser, P.E.; Johnson, L.L.; Seldin, D.W.; Gersony, W.M.; Alderson, P.O.; Rose, E.A.; Cannon, P.J.


    The acute rejection of cardiac allografts is currently diagnosed by the presence of myocyte necrosis on endomyocardial biopsy. We evaluated the efficacy of noninvasive scintigraphic imaging with indium-111-labeled anticardiac myosin Fab fragments (indium-111 antimyosin) to detect and quantify cardiac allograft rejection. Six dogs that had intrathoracic heterotopic cardiac allograft transplantation were injected with indium-111 antimyosin and planar and single photon emission computed tomographic (SPECT) images were obtained in various stages of acute and subacute rejection. Four dogs had an allograft older than 8 months and had been on long-term immunosuppressive therapy; two dogs had an allograft less than 2 weeks old and were not on immunosuppressive therapy. Count ratios comparing heterotopic with native hearts were calculated from both SPECT images and in vitro scans of excised and sectioned hearts and were compared with the degree of rejection scored by an independent histopathologic review. Indium-111 antimyosin uptake was not visible in planar or SPECT images of native hearts. Faint diffuse uptake was apparent in cardiac allografts during long-term immunosuppression and intense radioactivity was present in hearts with electrocardiographic evidence of rejection. The heterotopic to native heart count ratios in SPECT images correlated significantly with the count ratios in the excised hearts (r = 0.93) and with the histopathologic rejection score (r = 0.97). The distribution of indium-111 antimyosin activity in right and left ventricles corresponded to areas of histopathologic abnormalities.

  10. Late Failing Heart Allografts: Pathology of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy and Association With Antibody-Mediated Rejection.

    Loupy, A; Toquet, C; Rouvier, P; Beuscart, T; Bories, M C; Varnous, S; Guillemain, R; Pattier, S; Suberbielle, C; Leprince, P; Lefaucheur, C; Jouven, X; Bruneval, P; Duong Van Huyen, J P


    In heart transplantation, there is a lack of robust evidence of the specific causes of late allograft failure. We hypothesized that a substantial fraction of failing heart allografts may be associated with antibody-mediated injury and immune-mediated coronary arteriosclerosis. We included all patients undergoing a retransplantation for late terminal heart allograft failure in three referral centers. We performed an integrative strategy of heart allograft phenotyping by assessing the heart vascular tree including histopathology and immunohistochemistry together with circulating donor-specific antibodies. The main analysis included 40 explanted heart allografts patients and 402 endomyocardial biopsies performed before allograft loss. Overall, antibody-mediated rejection was observed in 19 (47.5%) failing heart allografts including 16 patients (40%) in whom unrecognized previous episodes of subclinical antibody-mediated rejection occurred 4.5 ± 3.5 years before allograft loss. Explanted allografts with evidence of antibody-mediated rejection demonstrated higher endothelitis and microvascular inflammation scores (0.89 ± 0.26 and 2.25 ± 0.28, respectively) compared with explanted allografts without antibody-mediated rejection (0.42 ± 0.11 and 0.36 ± 0.09, p = 0.046 and p < 0.0001, respectively). Antibody-mediated injury was observed in 62.1% of failing allografts with pure coronary arteriosclerosis and mixed (arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis) pattern, while it was not observed in patients with pure coronary atherosclerosis (p = 0.0076). We demonstrate that antibody-mediated rejection is operating in a substantial fraction of failing heart allografts and is associated with severe coronary arteriosclerosis. Unrecognized subclinical antibody-mediated rejection episodes may be observed years before allograft failure.

  11. The role of CD8+ T cells during allograft rejection

    Bueno V.


    Full Text Available Organ transplantation can be considered as replacement therapy for patients with end-stage organ failure. The percent of one-year allograft survival has increased due, among other factors, to a better understanding of the rejection process and new immunosuppressive drugs. Immunosuppressive therapy used in transplantation prevents activation and proliferation of alloreactive T lymphocytes, although not fully preventing chronic rejection. Recognition by recipient T cells of alloantigens expressed by donor tissues initiates immune destruction of allogeneic transplants. However, there is controversy concerning the relative contribution of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to allograft rejection. Some animal models indicate that there is an absolute requirement for CD4+ T cells in allogeneic rejection, whereas in others CD4-depleted mice reject certain types of allografts. Moreover, there is evidence that CD8+ T cells are more resistant to immunotherapy and tolerance induction protocols. An intense focal infiltration of mainly CD8+CTLA4+ T lymphocytes during kidney rejection has been described in patients. This suggests that CD8+ T cells could escape from immunosuppression and participate in the rejection process. Our group is primarily interested in the immune mechanisms involved in allograft rejection. Thus, we believe that a better understanding of the role of CD8+ T cells in allograft rejection could indicate new targets for immunotherapy in transplantation. Therefore, the objective of the present review was to focus on the role of the CD8+ T cell population in the rejection of allogeneic tissue.

  12. T-regulatory cell treatment prevents chronic rejection of heart allografts in a murine mixed chimerism model

    Pilat, Nina; Farkas, Andreas M.; Mahr, Benedikt; Schwarz, Christoph; Unger, Lukas; Hock, Karin; Oberhuber, Rupert; Aumayr, Klaus; Wrba, Fritz; Wekerle, Thomas


    Background The mixed chimerism approach induces donor-specific tolerance in both pre-clinical models and clinical pilot trials. However, chronic rejection of heart allografts and acute rejection of skin allografts were observed in some chimeric animals despite persistent hematopoietic chimerism and tolerance toward donor antigens in vitro. We tested whether additional cell therapy with regulatory T cells (Tregs) is able to induce full immunologic tolerance and prevent chronic rejection. Metho...

  13. Early peri-operative hyperglycaemia and renal allograft rejection in patients without diabetes

    Russ Graeme R


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Patients with diabetes have an increased risk for allograft rejection, possibly related to peri-operative hyperglycaemia. Hyperglycaemia is also common following transplantation in patients without diabetes. We hypothesise that exposure of allograft tissue to hyperglycaemia could influence the risk for rejection in any patient with high sugars. To investigate the relationship of peri-operative glucose control to acute rejection in renal transplant patients without diabetes, all patients receiving their first cadaveric graft in a single center were surveyed and patients without diabetes receiving cyclosporin-based immunosuppression were reviewed (n = 230. Records of the plasma blood glucose concentration following surgery and transplant variables pertaining to allograft rejection were obtained. All variables suggestive of association were entered into multivariate logistic regression analysis, their significance analysed and modeled. Results Hyperglycaemia (>8.0 mmol/L occurs in over 73% of non-diabetic patients following surgery. Glycaemic control immediately following renal transplantation independently predicted acute rejection (Odds ratio=1.08. 42% of patients with a glucose Conclusion Hyperglycaemia is associated with an increased risk for allograft rejection. This is consistent with similar findings in patients with diabetes. We hypothesise a causal link concordant with epidemiological and in vitro evidence and propose further clinical research.

  14. Differential gene expression pattern in biopsies with renal allograft pyelonephritis and allograft rejection

    Oghumu, Steve; Nori, Uday; Bracewell, Anna; Zhang, Jianying; Bott, Cherri; Nadasdy, Gyongyi M.; Brodsky, Sergey V.; Pelletier, Ronald; Satoskar, Abhay R.; Nadasdy, Tibor; Satoskar, Anjali A.


    Differentiating acute pyelonephritis (APN) from acute rejection (AR) in renal allograft biopsies can sometimes be difficult because of overlapping clinical and histologic features, lack of positive urine cultures, and variable response to antibiotics. We wanted to study differential gene expression between AR and APN using biopsy tissue. Thirty-three biopsies were analyzed using NanoString multiplex platform and PCR (6 transplant baseline biopsies, 8 AR, 15 APN [8 culture positive, 7 culture negative], and 4 native pyelonephritis [NP]). Additional 22 biopsies were tested by PCR to validate the results. CXCL9, CXCL10, CXCL11, and IDO1 were the top differentially expressed genes, upregulated in AR. Lactoferrin (LTF) and CXCL1 were higher in APN and NP. No statistically significant difference in transcript levels was seen between culture-positive and culture-negative APN biopsies. Comparing the overall mRNA signature using Ingenuity pathway analysis, interferon-gamma emerged as the dominant upstream regulator in AR and allograft APN, but not in NP (which clustered separately). Our study suggests that chemokine pathways in graft APN may differ from NP and in fact resemble AR, due to a component of alloreactivity, resulting in variable response to antibiotic treatment. Therefore, cautious addition of steroids might help in resistant cases of graft APN. PMID:27352120

  15. Differential gene expression pattern in biopsies with renal allograft pyelonephritis and allograft rejection.

    Oghumu, Steve; Nori, Uday; Bracewell, Anna; Zhang, Jianying; Bott, Cherri; Nadasdy, Gyongyi M; Brodsky, Sergey V; Pelletier, Ronald; Satoskar, Abhay R; Nadasdy, Tibor; Satoskar, Anjali A


    Differentiating acute pyelonephritis (APN) from acute rejection (AR) in renal allograft biopsies can sometimes be difficult because of overlapping clinical and histologic features, lack of positive urine cultures,and variable response to antibiotics. We wanted to study differential gene expression between AR and APN using biopsy tissue. Thirty-three biopsies were analyzed using NanoString multiplex platform and PCR (6 transplant baseline biopsies, 8 AR, 15 APN [8 culture positive, 7 culture negative], and 4 native pyelonephritis [NP]). Additional 22 biopsies were tested by PCR to validate the results. CXCL9, CXCL10, CXCL11, and IDO1 were the top differentially expressed genes, upregulated in AR. Lactoferrin (LTF) and CXCL1 were higher in APN and NP. No statistically significant difference in transcript levels was seen between culture-positive and culture-negative APN biopsies. Comparing the overall mRNA signature using Ingenuity pathway analysis, interferon-gamma emerged as the dominant upstream regulator in AR and allograft APN, but not in NP (which clustered separately). Our study suggests that chemokine pathways in graft APN may differ from NP and in fact resemble AR, due to a component of alloreactivity, resulting in variable response to antibiotic treatment. Therefore, cautious addition of steroids might help in resistant cases of graft APN.

  16. The diagnostic significance of urine chemokines in acute renal allograft rejection%尿液趋化因子检测在移植肾急性排斥反应中的诊断意义

    陈瑜; 王立明


    急性排斥反应是肾移植术后的最主要的并发症,也是导致移植肾失功最重要的危险因素之一.早期、无创预测急性排斥反应的发生是目前移植领域研究的趋势.尿液作为移植肾的直接产物,其中的成分有效反映了移植肾的情况.趋化因子作为细胞因子的一种,其与受体的相互作用是淋巴细胞发生定向迁徙和募集的重要条件,在炎症浸润、细胞迁移、移植排斥反应中起重要的作用.因此,检测尿液中趋化因子水平对移植肾急性排斥反应的早期诊断和监测疗效有十分重要的意义.%Acute rejection is not only the most common complication after renal transplantation,but also one of the most important risk factors for renal allograft dysfunction.The early,non-invasive prediction of acute rejection is the trend of transplant clinical research.Urine is the direct product of the transplanted kidney,in which the ingredients reflect the graft function.As a kind of cytokines,chemokines interactions with the receptors are important condition for directional migration and recruitment of lymphocytes and play an important role in the inflammatory infiltration,cell migration and transplant rejection reactions.Therefore,the detection of urine chemokine level has great significance for early diagnosis of acute renal allograft rejection and monitoring the efficacy of treatment.

  17. Inflammatory mediators and cytotoxins in cardiac allograft rejection

    Lowry, R.P.; Powell, W.S.; Blais, D.; Marghesco, D.


    Though organ allograft rejection in rats has been linked to delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH) the pathogenesis of DTH induced tissue injury is uncertain. Accordingly, the authors have undertaken to identify the following inflammatory mediators/cytotoxins in rejecting rat cardiac allografts (WF ..-->.. LEW, day 5): phospholipase A/sub 2/(PLA/sub 2/ in cardiac homogenates assessed using /sup 14/C oleate labelled E Coli), PAF in lipid extracts of grafts measured by aggregation of rabbit platelets, arachidonic acid (AA) metabolites (HPLC analysis of products released from isolated perfused hearts and slices prelabelled with /sup 3/H-AA), lymphotoxin and/or tumor necrosis factor (LT/TNF release in vitro from infiltrating mononuclear cells assayed using cell line varies as L929. Briefly, aliquots of homogenates (10ml) of rejecting grafts demonstrated PLA/sub 2/ activity as evidenced by liberation of FFA from bacterial phospholipids (baseline 3%, 1 4%, 25 24%, 100 /sup +/l 29%, 200 39%; control hearts, 200 5%). Rejecting cardiac allografts contained approximately 10 ng PAF while PAF recovered from syngeneic grafts was less than or equal to 5 ng. Observed changes in eicosanoid biosynthesis with rejection were limited to a decrement in 6 oxo PGF/sub /sub 1/..cap alpha../ release. Infiltrating mononuclear cells recovered from rejecting grafts released greater than or equal to 64 units of cytotoxin (LT and/or TNF). The author present results, documenting a decrement in prostacyclin release by rejecting heart grafts, the presence of PLA/sub 2/ and PAF and the release of cytotoxins (LT and/or TNF) by infiltrating mononuclear cells are compatible with the thesis that allograft rejection must be viewed as a complex immune/inflammatory process. Additional studies are clearly required to define roles of these and other soluble factors in homograft destruction.

  18. Time elapsed after transplantation influences the relationship between the number of regulatory T cells in lung allograft biopsies and subsequent acute rejection episodes

    Krustrup, Dorrit; Iversen, Martin; Martinussen, Torben;


    scored for acute rejection according to the ISHLT criteria (A0-A4) and immunohistochemically stained with antibodies against FoxP3. Results: There was a tendency for a decrease in the number of Tregs/mm2 with time. However, the previous levels of Tregs/mm2 did not have any significant effect on future...

  19. Elevated mRNA levels of CTLA-4, FoxP3, and granzyme B in BAL, but not in blood, during acute rejection of lung allografts

    Madsen, Caroline B; Nørgaard, Astrid; Iversen, Martin


    expression and acute rejection is still being debated. Some studies have been performed on blood samples from lung-transplanted patients, while others have investigated the local immune response in the lungs by analysing broncho-alveolar-lavage (BAL) fluids or biopsies. Biopsies are considered the gold...

  20. Proteomic profiling of renal allograft rejection in serum using magnetic bead-based sample fractionation and MALDI-TOF MS.

    Sui, Weiguo; Huang, Liling; Dai, Yong; Chen, Jiejing; Yan, Qiang; Huang, He


    Proteomics is one of the emerging techniques for biomarker discovery. Biomarkers can be used for early noninvasive diagnosis and prognosis of diseases and treatment efficacy evaluation. In the present study, the well-established research systems of ClinProt Micro solution incorporated unique magnetic bead sample preparation technology, which, based on matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), have become very successful in bioinformatics due to its outstanding performance and reproducibility for discovery disease-related biomarker. We collected fasting blood samples from patients with biopsy-confirmed acute renal allograft rejection (n = 12), chronic rejection (n = 12), stable graft function (n = 12) and also from healthy volunteers (n = 13) to study serum peptidome patterns. Specimens were purified with magnetic bead-based weak cation exchange chromatography and analyzed with a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer. The results indicated that 18 differential peptide peaks were selected as potential biomarkers of acute renal allograft rejection, and 6 differential peptide peaks were selected as potential biomarkers of chronic rejection. A Quick Classifier Algorithm was used to set up the classification models for acute and chronic renal allograft rejection. The algorithm models recognize 82.64% of acute rejection and 98.96% of chronic rejection episodes, respectively. We were able to identify serum protein fingerprints in small sample sizes of recipients with renal allograft rejection and establish the models for diagnosis of renal allograft rejection. This preliminary study demonstrated that proteomics is an emerging tool for early diagnosis of renal allograft rejection and helps us to better understand the pathogenesis of disease process.

  1. Recipient Myd88 Deficiency Promotes Spontaneous Resolution of Kidney Allograft Rejection.

    Lerret, Nadine M; Li, Ting; Wang, Jiao-Jing; Kang, Hee-Kap; Wang, Sheng; Wang, Xueqiong; Jie, Chunfa; Kanwar, Yashpal S; Abecassis, Michael M; Luo, Xunrong; Zhang, Zheng


    The myeloid differentiation protein 88 (MyD88) adapter protein is an important mediator of kidney allograft rejection, yet the precise role of MyD88 signaling in directing the host immune response toward the development of kidney allograft rejection remains unclear. Using a stringent mouse model of allogeneic kidney transplantation, we demonstrated that acute allograft rejection occurred equally in MyD88-sufficient (wild-type [WT]) and MyD88(-/-) recipients. However, MyD88 deficiency resulted in spontaneous diminution of graft infiltrating effector cells, including CD11b(-)Gr-1(+) cells and activated CD8 T cells, as well as subsequent restoration of near-normal renal graft function, leading to long-term kidney allograft acceptance. Compared with T cells from WT recipients, T cells from MyD88(-/-) recipients failed to mount a robust recall response upon donor antigen restimulation in mixed lymphocyte cultures ex vivo. Notably, exogenous IL-6 restored the proliferation rate of T cells, particularly CD8 T cells, from MyD88(-/-) recipients to the proliferation rate of cells from WT recipients. Furthermore, MyD88(-/-) T cells exhibited diminished expression of chemokine receptors, specifically CCR4 and CXCR3, and the impaired ability to accumulate in the kidney allografts despite an otherwise MyD88-sufficient environment. These results provide a mechanism linking the lack of intrinsic MyD88 signaling in T cells to the effective control of the rejection response that results in spontaneous resolution of acute rejection and long-term graft protection.

  2. Clinical observation of the effect of tacrolimus (Prograf) against renal allograft rejection in 294 cases

    YU Li-xin; YE Gui-rong; DENG Wen-feng; FU Shao-jie; DU Chuan-fu; MIAO Yun; YAO Bing


    Objective: To study the effect of tacrolimus (Prograf, FK506) in preventing renal allograft rejection. Methods: The curative effect, therapy index, toxicity and side effects of FK506 were observed in 294renal transplant recipients among whom 268 received FK506 24 h after the operation and the other 26 with cyclosporine (CsA) developed acute rejection after transplantation and were given FK506 to replace methylprednisolone (MP) when the latter did not result. All the patients were given oral mycophenolate mofetil (MMF, 1.0 g/d) and meticorten (Pred, 30 mg/d) 24 h later after operation. Results: In the 268 recipients previously mentioned, the incidence of acute rejection was 10. 45%, glycometabolism disorder 9.33%, nervous system disturbance 1.59%, liver function abnormality 2.99%, nephrotoxicity 1.87%, gastrointestinal disorder 17. 5%, cytomegalovirus (CMV) viremia 2.99%, and non-CMV pulmonary infection 1. 59%(4/268), with 1 fatal case for cerebral hemorrhage with normal allograft function and another 2 non-fatal cases in which function loss resulted in removal of the allografts. The blood trough concentrations of FK506were between 5 and 20μg/L. In the 26 cases of steroid-resistant rejection, 23 (88. 46%, 23/26) were reversed and the rest 3 required plasma exchange and application of OKT3 before recovery. Conclusion: As a safe and effective immunosuppressant, FK506 can reduce the incidence of allograft rejection in kidney transplant recipients with little side effects or toxicity, which is particularly applicable in patients with steroid-resistant rejection or CsA nephrotoxicity. Attention should to be paid to glycometabolism disorder due to FK506, however, the long-term effects of FK506 need further investigation.

  3. Veto cell suppression mechanisms in the prevention of allograft rejection

    Jacobsen, I M; Claesson, Mogens Helweg


    tolerizing effect of pretransplant donor blood transfusions in kidney graft recipients. A prerequisite for a veto-active environment in vivo is the establishment of lymphoid microchimerism, in which veto-active donor and recipient cells mutually downregulate potential alloaggression.......Substantial evidence has accumulated to suggest that in the near future implementation of the veto-cell-suppressor concept in the treatment of kidney allograft recipients might lead to the establishment of life-long specific allograft tolerance in the absence of further immunosuppressive therapy...... on the surface of the veto-active cell. Data from a large number of experimental and clinical studies strongly indicate that veto-active cells function in vivo and are capable of preventing allograft rejection. Thus, donor-cell-mediated veto activity is the most likely explanation for the well-known graft...

  4. IL-17 in the early diagnosis of acute renal allograft rejection in mice%IL-17在小鼠肾移植急性排斥反应早期诊断中的作用

    李亭; 司中洲; 齐海智; 贺志军; 李一宁


    目的:研究Th17细胞及相关因子白细胞介素17 (IL-17)在小鼠肾移植排斥反应中的表达及意义.方法:建立小鼠肾移植模型,实验动物随机分为同系移植组和急性排斥反应组;在移植术后3,7d分别应用ELISA检测2组小鼠血清中IFN-γ和IL-17的含量,应用流式细胞技术检测移植肾中浸润淋巴细胞中Th1和Th17细胞数量,取移植肾经10%甲醛固定后行常规病理检查.结果:与同系移植组相比,急性排斥反应组术后第3天血清IFN-γ含量无明显差异而II-17含量显著增高(P<0.05),术后第7天血清IFN-γ和IL-17含量均显著增高(P<0.05);急性排斥反应组中血清IFN-γ和IL-17含量术后第7天较第3天均显著增高(P<0.05);急性排斥反应组移植肾中浸润淋巴细胞中Th1与Th17细胞比例在术后第3天及第7天较同系移植组均明显增多(P<0.05);急性排斥反应组中移植肾中浸润淋巴细胞中Th1与Th17细胞比例术后第7天明显高于第3天(P<0.05);病理组织学检查急性排斥反应组随着移植时间的延长,排斥反应逐渐增强.结论:Th17细胞在肾移植排斥反应的发生发展中可能起着非常重要的作用,对受体血清中细胞因子IL-17的检测可作为急性排斥反应早期诊断的预见性和特异性指标.%Objective To investigate the expression of T helper (Th) 17 cells and the related interleukin 17 (IL-17) in acute renal allograft rejection in mice and its significance.Methods We established a mouse renal allograft model,in which mice were randomly divided into a renal isograft group and an acute renal allograft rejection group.Three and 7 d after the transplantation,the serum interferon (IFN)-γand IL-17 levels in the mice were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay,the percentage of Th1 and Th17 cells in the total kidney-infiltrating lymphocytes was investigated by flow cytometry,and the transplanted kidney species were given routine pathological



    Objective.The purpose of this study was to assess the renal graft expression of ICAM-1(intercellular adhesion molecule-1) nd LFA-1(lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1)molecule with relation to graft rejection.Methods.Rat kiney transplantation was performed according to the procedure of Kamada with some modification.Experimental rats were divided into 5 groups.The survival time of recipient rats and function of grafts after renal transplantation were observed.The sections of renal graft were stained for monoclonal antibody ICAM-1 and LFA-1, and then quantification of ICAM-1 and LFA-1 expression was accomplished by computer image analysis.Results.ICAM-1 and LFA-1 increased significantly in the renal allograft rejection group as compared with the non-rejection groups(P<0.05).Conluson.Both biopsy of renal graft and monitoring of ICAM-1 and LFA-1 are useful tools in diagnosing and treating acute rejection.


    黄孝伦; 沈文律; 李幼平; 周泽清; 谭建三


    Objective. The purpose of this study was to assess the renal graft expression of ICAM-I (intercellular adhesion moleculeq) and LFA l(lymphocyte function-aa.soziated antigen-1)molecule with relation to graft rejection. Methods. Rat kidney traansplantation was performed according to the procedure of Kamada with some modification. Experimental rats were dividod into 5 groups. The survival time of recipient rats and function of grafts after renal transplantation were observed. The sections of renal graft were mined forantibody ICAM-1 and LFA-1, and then quantification of ICAM-1 and LFA-1 expression was accomplished by computer image analysis. Results. ICAM-1 and LFA-1 increased significantly in the renal allograft rejection group as compared with the non-rejection groups(P<0. 05). Conclustion. Both biopsy of renal graft and monitoring of ICAM-1 and LFA-1 are useful tools in diagnosing and treating acute rejection.


    肖毅; 朱预; 陈力真; 王树蕙; 何小东


    The activation of T cells to differentiate and to proliferate is an essential step in the immune response to antigen, especially in cell-mediated acute allograft rejection. Besides the interaction of CD3/TCR complex with Ag/MHC complex presented on antigen-presenting cells, a complete T-cell activation and proliferation requires a second costimulatory signal. The interaction of CD28/CTLA-4 and B7 is a major costim-ulatory pathway for T Cell activation. Inhibition of this pathway results in development of antigen-specific unresponsiveness and clonal anergy. In present study, the biologic function of anti-CD28 monoclonsl anti-body and its Fab fragment were investigated in vitro and in viro. The results indicate that mAbCD28 and its Fab fragments could promote the functional recovery of allografts and prolong the graft suvival, but could not reverse the acute rejection or induce transplantation tolerance in the rat PTG allograft model. We also found that peripheral TNF-α level and NK-cell activity were suppressed in the presence of mAbCD28 and its Yab fragments for s relatively long time after PTG transplantation.

  8. Consecutive Low Doses of Cyclosporine A Induce Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines and Accelerate Allograft Skin Rejection

    Luis I. Terrazas


    Full Text Available Cyclosporine A (CsA is a fungus-derived molecule with potent immunosuppressive activity that has been largely used to downregulate cell-mediated immune responses during transplantation. However, previous data have indicated that CsA shows immunomodulatory activity that relays on the antigen concentration and the dose of CsA used. To test the hypothesis that minimal doses of CsA may show different outcomes on grafts, we used an experimental model for skin transplants in mice. ICR outbred mice received skin allografts and were either treated daily with different doses of CsA or left untreated. Untreated mice showed allograft rejection within 14 days, with graft necrosis, infiltration of neutrophils and macrophages and displayed high percentages of CD8+ T cells in the spleens, which were associated with high serum levels of IL-12, IFN-g and TNF-α. As expected, mice treated with therapeutic doses of CsA (15 mg/kg did not show allograft rejection within the follow-up period of 30 days and displayed the lowest levels of IL-12, IFN-g and TNF-α as well as a reduction in CD8+ lymphocytes. In contrast, mice treated with consecutive minimal doses of CsA (5 × 10−55 mg/kg displayed an acute graft rejection as early as one to five days after skin allograft; they also displayed necrosis and strong inflammatory infiltration that was associated with high levels of IL-12, IFN-g and TNF-α. Moreover, the CD4+ CD25hiFoxP3+ subpopulation of cells in the spleens of these mice was significantly inhibited compared with animals that received the therapeutic treatment of CsA and those treated with placebo. Our data suggest that consecutive, minimal doses of CsA may affect Treg cells and may stimulate innate immunity.

  9. [Cyclosporin, toxicity and efficacy in rejection of liver allografts in the rat].

    Settaf, A; Gugenheim, J; Lahlou, M K; Gigou, M; Capron-Laudereau, M; Charpentier, B; Reynes, M; Lokiec, F; Bismuth, H


    52 orthotopic liver transplants were performed in DA to lewis rat strain combination, in order to appreciate cyclosporine toxicity, and efficacy at doses of 10 mg/kg day (G II) and 20 mg/kg/day (GIII) compared to liver allografts in DA/lewis rats. The first signs of cyclosporine hepatotoxicity are biological (increased plasma level of bilirubine and transaminase) that were noticed at the dose of 20 mg/kg/day. Histological signs (cells inclusion, hepatocytic necrosis) appeared late and were less constant as well as difficult to assert creatinine plasma level was the best reflect of cyclosporine nephrotoxicity. Renal toxicity was practically constant at the dose of 20 mg/kg/day. In spite of renal and hepatic toxicity, cyclosporin by itself, allows the abolition of the acute rejection of liver allografts in the rat.

  10. Gene Expression Profiling on Acute Rejected Transplant Kidneys with Microarray

    Deping LI; Kang WANG; Yong DAI; Tianyu LV


    To investigate the gene expression profiles in acute allograft rejection of renal trans- plantation, and identify the markers for the early diagnosis of acute rejection, heterotopic kidney transplantation was performed by using F344 or Lewis donors and Lewis recipients. No immunosup- pressant was used. Renal grafts were harvested on days 3, 7, and 14. A commercial microarray was used to measure gene expression levels in day-7 grafts. The expression levels of 48 genes were up-regulated in the allograft in comparison with the isograft control, and interferon-y-induced GTPase gene was most significantly up-regulated in allografts. It is concluded that a variety of pathways are involved in organ transplant rejection which is dynamic and non-balanced. IFN-inducible genes, such as IGTP, may play an important role in the rejection. A lot of important factors involved in acute re- jection are unnecessary but sufficient conditions for the rejection. We are led to conclude that it is virtually impossible to make an early diagnosis based on a single gene marker, but it could he achieved on the basis of a set of markers.

  11. Human allogeneic CD2+lymphocytes activate airway-derived epithelial cells to produce interleukin-6 and interleukin-8. Possible role for the epithelium in chronic allograft rejection

    Borger, P; Kauffman, HF; Scholma, J; Timmerman, JAB; Koeter, GH


    Background: The adhesion of lymphocytes to the epithelium and the release of proinflammatory cytokines are important features observed during acute and chronic allograft rejection. Development of chronic rejection in lung-transplantation patients is preceded by high levels of interleukin (IL)-6 and

  12. Clinical utility of labeled cells for detection of allograft rejection and myocardial infarction

    Fawwaz, R.A.


    The choice of a specific radiolabeled blood component for use in detection of allograft rejection depends on several factors including the immunosuppressive agents used, the type of organ allografted, and particularly the length of time the allograft resides in the host and the duration of rejection. To date, only the use of 111In-labeled platelets in renal allograft recipients immunosuppressed with azathioprine and corticosteroids has shown clinical promise in the detection of early allograft rejection. Radiolabeled blood components are unlikely to play a significant role in detection of myocardial infarction. The use of these agents for monitoring therapeutic interventions or as indicators of prognosis in patients with myocardial infarction continues to be investigated.

  13. 肾移植一年后急性排斥反应时移植肾组织中C4d表达阳性的临床研究%Effects of C4d deposition in peritubular capillary of patients with acute renal allograft rejection one year post-transplant on the prognosis of renal allograft

    蔡明; 许亮; 许晓光; 王强; 李州利; 韩永; 石炳毅


    Objective To analyze C4d deposition in the patients with late acute renal allograft rejection,and explore the role of C4d in grafts survival and grafts loss. Methods Thirty-six patients clinical and pathologically diagnosed as having acute rejection more than one year post-transplant were selected. C4d was detected by immunohistochemistry in renal allograft biopsies. The effect of C4d deposition on long-term graft survival was studied. Results Among 36 recipients with late acute renal allograft rejection, 16 cases were positive for C4d (44.4 %) and 20 negative for C4d (55.6 %). Five cases experienced graft loss in C4d positive group (31.3 %), while 6 cases in C4d negative group (30.0%). There was no significant difference in the graft loss rate between C4d-positive group and C4d-negative group. Log-Rank test demonstrated there was no significant difference in graft survival between C4d-positive group and C4d-negative group. The count of the interstitial infiltrated eosinophils in renal allograft was (9.4 + 4.5) and (2.6 + 1.8) respectively in the C4d-positive group and C4dnegative group (P<0.05). Conclusion C4d deposition in peritubular capillary of the recipients with late acute renal allograft rejection might not be a prognostic marker for graft outcome.%目的 观察肾移植1年后发生急性排斥反应时移植肾组织中补体片段C4d的表达情况,分析其对移植肾功能及预后的影响.方法 选择肾移植时间超过1年,临床诊断为急性排斥反应并经病理穿刺活检证实的肾移植受者36例为研究对象.以第1例受者移植肾组织穿刺时间为观察起点(2006年3月),以此项研究结束时间为观察终点(2010年4月).应用C4d多克隆抗体对移植肾穿刺组织行免疫组织化学染色,检测C4d在移植肾组织中的表达情况;根据检测结果,分为C4d阳性组和阴性组,分析和比较两组在观察时间段内移植肾功能的变化及存活时间.结果 在36例受者

  14. Currently available useful immunohistochemical markers of renal pathology for the diagnosis of renal allograft rejection.

    Kanzaki, Go; Shimizu, Akira


    Renal allograft dysfunction may be induced by various causes, including alloimmune rejection, viral infection, urinary tract obstruction, calcineurin inhibitor nephrotoxicity and/or recurrent renal disease. In order to determine the underlying cause, a renal biopsy is performed and the renal transplant pathology is diagnosed using the internationally consensus Banff classification. Although a progressive understanding of allograft rejection has provided numerous immunohistochemical markers, only the C4d is regarded to be a sufficiently useful marker for antibody-mediated allograft rejection according to the Banff classification. This review summarizes currently available useful immunohistochemical markers of renal transplant pathology, including C4d, with diagnostic implications for human renal allograft rejection. In particular, we discuss immunohistochemical markers in the following three categories: immunohistochemical markers of renal pathology used to (i) analyze the mechanisms of alloimmune rejection, (ii) monitor cell injury and/or inflammation associated with rejection and (iii) identify renal components in order to improve the diagnosis of rejection. In addition, recent progress in the field of renal transplant pathology includes the development of a new method for assessing molecular pathology using OMICS analyses. As the recent findings of various studies in patients undergoing renal transplantation are very encouraging, novel immunohistochemical markers must be also developed and combined with new technologies for the diagnosis of human renal allograft rejection.

  15. Tc-99m DTPA scans in renal allograft rejection and cyclosporine nephrotoxicity

    Gedroyc, W.; Taube, D.; Fogleman, I.; Neild, G.; Cameron, S.; Maisey, M.


    Renal allograft dysfunction arising from rejection or cyclosporine (CsA) nephrotoxicity can currently only be distinguished reliably by allograft biopsy. We have assessed Technetium (Tc)-99m diethylamine pentacetic acid (DTPA) scanning in 30 CsA-treated patients with allograft dysfunction. Scintigrams were performed during 20 biopsy-proved episodes of rejection and during 14 episodes of CsA nephrotoxicity. These results were compared with the scintigrams of 15 allografts showing stable function. Quantitative indices expressing allograft perfusion (flow index) and function (uptake index) derived from the DTPA scintigrams showed no significant differences between the groups of patients with rejection, CsA nephrotoxicity, or stable or improving function. Similarly, the flow and uptake indices of individual allografts obtained during periods of stable or improving function and then during episodes of dysfunction due to rejection or CsA nephrotoxicity did not significantly change. We conclude that Tc-99m DTPA scintigrams are of limited value in the management of allograft dysfunction in patients immunosuppressed with CsA.

  16. Acute rejection episodes after kidney transplantation

    Hamida Fethi


    Full Text Available Acute rejection episodes (AREs are a major determinant of renal allograft survival. The incorporation of new immunosuppressive agents explains, at least partially, the improvement seen in the results of transplantation in recent years. The objectives of this study are to analyze the incidence and severity of AREs, their risk factors and their influence on graft and patient survival. We retrospectively studied 280 kidney transplants performed in adults at the Charles Nicolle Hospital, Tunis, between 1986 and 2004. The diagnosis of ARE was based on clinical data and response to treatment. Allograft biopsies were performed in ten cases. The treatment of AREs consisted of pulse methylprednisolone and anti-thymocyte globulin. There were 186 males (66.4% and 94 females (33.6%, and their mean age was 31 ± 8.9 years. Overall, the 280 study patients experienced a total of 113 AREs. Of them, 85 had only one ARE, 28 had two to three and none had more than three AREs. A total of 68 AREs were completely re-versible, 42 were partially reversible while three could not be reversed with treatment. The mean inci-dence of AREs was 40.4%. The incidence was > 45% between 1986 and 1997, decreased to 20.5% between 1998 and 2000 and to 9% between 2001 and 2004. Graft survival rates in patients with and without AREs were respectively 91% and 93% at three years, 82% and 90% at five years and 73% and 83% at 10 years. We found a decrease in the incidence of AREs in recent years in our study patients, and this was related to the introduction of sensitized cross-match and the newer immunosuppressive agents, particularly MMF. Additionally, AREs had a deleterious impact on late graft survival in our study population.

  17. IL-12p40 is not required for islet allograft rejection

    En-guang BI; Wei SHI; Jia ZOU; Zhen-hua HAO; Zhen-hu LI; Duan CAI; Hua-qun ZHANG; Bing SUN


    Aim: To investigate whether IL-12p40 plays a crucial role in regulating islet allograft rejection in a streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes mouse model. Methods: C57BL/6 and IL-12p40 gene knockout mice were selected as recipient mice, to which the diabetes was induced with a treatment of STZ (150-200 mg/kg) by a single ip injection. BALB/c mice were selected as donor mice and islet cells were isolated from the mice. The 500 islets were transplanted into recipient mice beneath the capsule of the left kidney. Following the islet transplantation the glucose from the mice sera was monitored and the rejection rate of islets was analyzed. Results: STZ could induce diabetes in the recipient mice within 1 week. After transplantation of allograft islets, the increased glucose in wild-type (WT) mice returned to normal level and was maintained for 10 d. Unexpectedly, the rejection rate of islet allograft between IL-12p40-deficient mice and WT mice was similar. Conclusion: The results suggested that, although islet allograft rejection is believed to be Th1-cell predominant, the Th1 response inducer, IL-12 and IL-23 are not essential to induce islet allograft rejection.

  18. Acute Page kidney following renal allograft biopsy: a complication requiring early recognition and treatment.

    Chung, J; Caumartin, Y; Warren, J; Luke, P P W


    The acute Page kidney phenomenon occurs as a consequence of external compression of the renal parenchyma leading to renal ischemia and hypertension. Between January 2000 and September 2007, 550 kidney transplants and 518 ultrasound-guided kidney biopsies were performed. During that time, four recipients developed acute oligo-anuria following ultrasound-guided allograft biopsy. Emergent doppler-ultrasounds were performed demonstrating absence of diastolic flow as well as a sub-capsular hematoma of the kidney. Prompt surgical exploration with allograft capsulotomy was performed in all cases. Immediately after capsulotomy, intraoperative Doppler study demonstrated robust return of diastolic flow. Three patients maintained good graft function, and one kidney was lost due to acute antibody-mediated rejection. We conclude that postbiopsy anuria associated with a subcapsular hematoma and acute absence of diastolic flow on doppler ultrasound should be considered pathognomonic of APK. All renal transplant specialists should be able to recognize this complication, because immediate surgical decompression can salvage the allograft.

  19. Increased T cell glucose uptake reflects acute rejection in lung grafts

    Chen, Delphine L.; Wang, Xingan; Yamamoto, Sumiharu; Carpenter, Danielle; Engle, Jacquelyn T.; Li, Wenjun; Lin, Xue; Kreisel, Daniel; Krupnick, Alexander S.; Huang, Howard J.; Gelman, Andrew E.


    Although T cells are required for acute lung rejection, other graft-infiltrating cells such as neutrophils accumulate in allografts and are also high glucose utilizers. Positron emission tomography (PET) with the glucose probe [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) has been employed to image solid organ acute rejection, but the sources of glucose utilization remain undefined. Using a mouse model of orthotopic lung transplantation, we analyzed glucose probe uptake in the graft...

  20. Hyperlipidemia Promotes Anti-Donor Th17 Responses That Accelerate Allograft Rejection.

    Yuan, J; Bagley, J; Iacomini, J


    Hyperlipidemia occurs in 95% of organ transplant recipients, however its effect on organ allograft rejection has not been investigated. We found that induction of hyperlipidemia in mice caused a significant acceleration of rejection of cardiac allografts. Accelerated rejection was associated with an aggressive T cell infiltrate that mediated significant tissue damage as well as increased serum levels of the proinflammatory cytokines IL-2, IL-6, and IL-17. Hyperlipidemic mice had an increased number of Th17 cells in their periphery and rejecting allografts from hyperlipidemic mice contained significant numbers of IL-17 producing T cells that were not detectable in transplants harvested from controls. Neutralization or genetic ablation of IL-17 prolonged survival of cardiac allografts transplanted into hyperlipidemic recipients, suggesting that IL-17 production promotes accelerated rejection. Analysis of alloreactive T cell frequencies directly ex vivo in naïve mice revealed that the frequency of donor reactive IL-17 producing cells in hyperlipidemic was increased prior to antigen exposure, suggesting that hyperlipidemia was sufficient to alter T cell alloreactivity and promote anti-donor Th17 responses on first exposure to antigen. Together, our data suggest that hyperlipidemia alters rejection by altering the types of T cell subsets that respond to donor antigen by promoting Th17 biased anti-donor reactivity.

  1. Monocyte procoagulant activity and plasminogen activator. Role in human renal allograft rejection

    Cole, E.H.; Cardella, C.J.; Schulman, J.; Levy, G.A.


    Currently the mechanism of renal allograft rejection is not well understood. This study was designed to determine whether induction of monocyte procoagulant activity (MCPA) is important in the pathogenesis of renal allograft rejection. The MPCA assay was performed utilizing a one stage clotting assay both in normal and in factor-VII-deficient plasma. There was no increase in spontaneous MPCA in 20 patients with endstage renal failure and in 10 patients following abdominal or orthopedic operation, as compared with 20 normal controls. MPCA was assessed daily in 18 patients who had received renal allografts. Rejection episodes (RE) were predicted on the basis of persistent elevation in MPCA as compared with pretransplant levels. Rejection was diagnosed clinically and treated on the basis of standard criteria. Treated RE were compared with those predicted by elevated MPCA, and 3 patients were assessed as having no RE by MPCA and by standard criteria. In 8 RE, MPCA correlated temporally with RE (same day) when compared with standard criteria. In 12 RE, MPCA was predictive of rejection preceding standard criteria by at least 24 hr. There were 7 false-positive predictions on the basis of MPCA; however, there was only 1 false negative. MPCA was shown to be a prothrombinase by its dependence only on prothrombin and fibrinogen for full activity. MPCA may be important in the pathogenesis of allograft rejection, and additionally it may be a useful adjunct in the clinical management of this disease.

  2. The identification of novel potential injury mechanisms and candidate biomarkers in renal allograft rejection by quantitative proteomics.

    Sigdel, Tara K; Salomonis, Nathan; Nicora, Carrie D; Ryu, Soyoung; He, Jintang; Dinh, Van; Orton, Daniel J; Moore, Ronald J; Hsieh, Szu-Chuan; Dai, Hong; Thien-Vu, Minh; Xiao, Wenzhong; Smith, Richard D; Qian, Wei-Jun; Camp, David G; Sarwal, Minnie M


    Early transplant dysfunction and failure because of immunological and nonimmunological factors still presents a significant clinical problem for transplant recipients. A critical unmet need is the noninvasive detection and prediction of immune injury such that acute injury can be reversed by proactive immunosuppression titration. In this study, we used iTRAQ -based proteomic discovery and targeted ELISA validation to discover and validate candidate urine protein biomarkers from 262 renal allograft recipients with biopsy-confirmed allograft injury. Urine samples were randomly split into a training set of 108 patients and an independent validation set of 154 patients, which comprised the clinical biopsy-confirmed phenotypes of acute rejection (AR) (n = 74), stable graft (STA) (n = 74), chronic allograft injury (CAI) (n = 58), BK virus nephritis (BKVN) (n = 38), nephrotic syndrome (NS) (n = 8), and healthy, normal control (HC) (n = 10). A total of 389 proteins were measured that displayed differential abundances across urine specimens of the injury types (p 1.5) from all other transplant categories (HLA class II protein HLA-DRB1, KRT14, HIST1H4B, FGG, ACTB, FGB, FGA, KRT7, DPP4). Increased levels of three of these proteins, fibrinogen beta (FGB; p = 0.04), fibrinogen gamma (FGG; p = 0.03), and HLA DRB1 (p = 0.003) were validated by ELISA in AR using an independent sample set. The fibrinogen proteins further segregated AR from BK virus nephritis (FGB p = 0.03, FGG p = 0.02), a finding that supports the utility of monitoring these urinary proteins for the specific and sensitive noninvasive diagnosis of acute renal allograft rejection.

  3. Urine immunocytology as a noninvasive diagnostic tool for acute kidney rejection: a single center experience.

    Mihovilović, Karlo; Kardum-Skelin, Ika; Ljubanović, Danica; Sabljar-Matovinović, Mirjana; Vidas, Zeljko; Knotek, Mladen


    Renal biopsy is a gold standard for establishing diagnosis of acute rejection of the renal allograft. However, being invasive, renal biopsy has potential significant complications and contraindications. Therefore, possibility to noninvasively diagnose acute rejection would improve follow-up of kidney transplant patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate urine immunocytology for T cells as a method for noninvasive identification of patients with acute renal allograft rejection in comparison to renal biopsy. In this prospective study a cohort of 56 kidney, or kidney-pancreas transplant recipients was included. Patients either received their transplant at the University Hospital "Merkur", or have been followed at the "Merkur" Hospital. Patients were subject to either protocol or indication kidney biopsy (a total of 70 biopsies), with simultaneous urine immunocytology (determination of CD3-positive cells in the urine sediment). Acute rejection was diagnosed in 24 biopsies. 23 episodes were T-cell mediated (6 grade IA, 5 grade IB, 1 grade IIA, 1 grade III and 10 borderline), while in 1 case acute humoral rejection was diagnosed. 46 biopsies did not demonstrate acute rejection. CD3-positive cells were found in 21% of cases with acute rejection and in 13% of cases without rejection (n.s.). A finding of CD3-positive cells in urine had a sensitivity of 21% and specificity of 87% for acute rejection (including borderline), with positive predictive value of 45% and negative predictive value of 68%. Although tubulitis is a hallmark of acute T cell-mediated rejection, detection of T cells in urine sediment was insufficiently sensitive and insufficiently specific for diagnosing acute rejection in our cohort of kidney transplant recipients.

  4. Corneal allograft rejection: Risk factors, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment

    Dua Harminder


    Full Text Available Recent advances in corneal graft technology, including donor tissue retrieval, storage and surgical techniques, have greatly improved the clinical outcome of corneal grafts. Despite these advances, immune mediated corneal graft rejection remains the single most important cause of corneal graft failure. Several host factors have been identified as conferring a "high risk" status to the host. These include: more than two quadrant vascularisation, with associated lymphatics, which augment the afferent and efferent arc of the immune response; herpes simplex keratitis; uveitis; silicone oil keratopathy; previous failed (rejected grafts; "hot eyes"; young recipient age; and multiple surgical procedures at the time of grafting. Large grafts, by virtue of being closer to the host limbus, with its complement of vessels and antigen-presenting Langerhans cells, also are more susceptible to rejection. The diagnosis of graft rejection is entirely clinical and in its early stages the clinical signs could be subtle. Graft rejection is largely mediated by the major histocompatibility antigens, minor antigens and perhaps blood group ABO antigens and some cornea-specific antigens. Just as rejection is mediated by active immune mediated events, the lack of rejection (tolerance is also sustained by active immune regulatory mechanisms. The anterior chamber associated immune deviation (ACAID and probably, conjunctiva associated lymphoid tissue (CALT induced mucosal tolerance, besides others, play an important role. Although graft rejection can lead to graft failure, most rejections can be readily controlled if appropriate management is commenced at the proper time. Topical steroids are the mainstay of graft rejection management. In the high-risk situations however, systemic steroids, and other immunosuppressive drugs such as cyclosporin and tacrolimus (FK506 are of proven benefit, both for treatment and prevention of rejection.

  5. Effect of Blocking with Minicircle DNA of Interleukin-6 on Skin Allograft Rejection

    Doh Kyoung Chan


    Full Text Available Blocking of proinflammatory cytokine, interleukin-6 (IL-6 is effective in decreasing resistance to allogenic tolerance. In this study, we investigated whether anti-IL-6 receptor producing nonviral minicircle (MC-DNA, is competent to inhibit alloresponse-induced IL-6 in highly immunogenic murine skin allograft model. We designed MC-DNA producing IL-6R antibody and verified in vitro system. One day before skin allograft modeling, systemic MC-DNA exposed via hydrodynamic delivery of MC-DNA in vivo (50 ug of DNA, tail vein, single injection. Using GFP tagging MC-DNA, we confirmed its organ distribution. At day 5, we measured the amount of IL-6 and IL-6R antibody in serum. As functional examinations, we evaluated survival rate, morphological changes of graft, immune cell infiltration, and population of T helper 17 cells (Th17, FACS marker: CD4+/RoRγt and regulatory T cells (Treg, FACS marker: CD4+ Foxp3+. We compared its alloimmunity and graft survival efficiency with the cyclosporine A (CsA-treated group (50 mg/kg, daily administration via oral gavage. Hydrodynamic delivery of MC-DNA was mainly localized in hepatocytes. Serum IL-6 and IL-6R antibody detected in anti-IL-6R MC-DNA treated mice. At day 8.5, untreated mice completely rejected the graft confirming by daily observation of loss of skin graft and erosion. However, mice received either anti-IL-6R MC-DNA or CsA presented prolonged acceptance of graft until day 15 or 15.6, respectively. Results from morphological changes and immune cell infiltration in the graft were also consistent with survival rate. FACS results showed that anti-IL-6R MC-DNA treatment markedly suppressed Th17 population compared with the untreated mice. However, there was no effect on Treg population. On the other hand, administration of CsA showed the increased Th17 and decreased Treg population compared with untreated group. We found that single injection of nonviral minicircle DNA targeting IL-6R is effective in both

  6. Renal allograft recovery subsequent to apparent hyperacute rejection based on clinical, scintigraphic, and pathologic criteria

    Sacks, G.A.; Sandler, M.P.; Partain, C.L.


    An unusual case is described in which in spite of clinical, scintigraphic and histologic findings strongly supportive of a diagnosis of hyperacute rejection, recovery of renal function occurred. These findings are in contrast to the current literature in which it is generally accepted that a renal allograft showing neither pertechnetate transit nor hippurate concentration warrants allograft nephrectomy irrespective of the etiology. Scintigraphic evaluation included both dynamic studies after a bolus administration of /sup 99m/Tc pertechnetate and serial renogram collections after the intravenous administration of /sup 131/I Hippuran.

  7. Detection of rejection of canine orthotopic cardiac allografts with indium-111 lymphocytes and gamma scintigraphy

    Eisen, H.J.; Rosenbloom, M.; Laschinger, J.C.; Saffitz, J.E.; Cox, J.L.; Sobel, B.E.; Bolman, R.M. III; Bergmann, S.R.


    Previous studies have demonstrated the feasibility of detecting canine heterotopic cardiac allograft rejection scintigraphically after administration of 111In lymphocytes. To determine whether the approach is capable of detecting rejection in orthotopic cardiac transplants in which labeled lymphocytes circulating in the blood pool may reduce sensitivity, the present study was performed in which canine orthotopic cardiac transplants were evaluated in vivo. Immunosuppression was maintained with cyclosporine A (10-20 mg/kg/day) and prednisone (1 mg/kg/day) for 2 wk after transplantation. Subsequently, therapy was tapered. Five successful allografts were evaluated scintigraphically every 3 days after administration of 100-350 microCi 111In autologous lymphocytes. Correction for labeled lymphocytes circulating in the blood pool, but not actively sequestered in the allografts was accomplished by administering 3-6 mCi 99mTc autologous erythrocytes and employing a previously validated blood-pool activity correction technique. Cardiac infiltration of labeled lymphocytes was quantified as percent indium excess (%IE), scintigraphically detectable 111In in the transplant compared with that in blood, and results were compared with those of concomitantly performed endomyocardial biopsy. Scintigraphic %IE for hearts not undergoing rejection manifest histologically was 0.7 +/- 0.4. Percent IE for rejecting hearts was 6.8 +/- 4.0 (p less than 0.05). Scintigraphy detected each episode of rejection detected by biopsy. Scintigraphic criteria for rejection (%IE greater than 2 s.d. above normal) were not manifest in any study in which biopsies did not show rejection. Since scintigraphic results with 111In-labeled lymphocytes were concordant with biopsy results in orthotopic cardiac transplants, noninvasive detection of graft rejection in patients should be attainable with the approach developed.

  8. Increased T cell glucose uptake reflects acute rejection in lung grafts

    Chen, Delphine L.; Wang, Xingan; Yamamoto, Sumiharu; Carpenter, Danielle; Engle, Jacquelyn T.; Li, Wenjun; Lin, Xue; Kreisel, Daniel; Krupnick, Alexander S.; Huang, Howard J.; Gelman, Andrew E.


    Although T cells are required for acute lung rejection, other graft-infiltrating cells such as neutrophils accumulate in allografts and are also high glucose utilizers. Positron emission tomography (PET) with the glucose probe [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) has been employed to image solid organ acute rejection, but the sources of glucose utilization remain undefined. Using a mouse model of orthotopic lung transplantation, we analyzed glucose probe uptake in the grafts of syngeneic and allogeneic recipients with or without immunosuppression treatment. Pulmonary microPET scans demonstrated significantly higher [18F]FDG uptake in rejecting allografts when compared to transplanted lungs of either immunosuppressed or syngeneic recipients. [18F]FDG uptake was also markedly attenuated following T cell depletion therapy in lung recipients with ongoing acute rejection. Flow-cytometric analysis using the fluorescent deoxyglucose analog 2-NBDG revealed that T cells, and in particular CD8+ T cells, were the largest glucose utilizers in acutely rejecting lung grafts followed by neutrophils and antigen presenting cells. These data indicate that imaging modalities tailored toward assessing T cell metabolism may be useful in identifying acute rejection in lung recipients PMID:23927673

  9. Inhibition of chemokine-glycosaminoglycan interactions in donor tissue reduces mouse allograft vasculopathy and transplant rejection.

    Erbin Dai

    -receptor blockade, is a highly effective approach to reduction of allograft rejection, reducing vascular inflammation and prolonging allograft survival. Although chemokines direct both local and systemic cell migration, interruption of inherent chemokine responses in the donor tissue unexpectedly had a greater therapeutic impact on allograft vasculopathy.

  10. Development of chronic allograft rejection and arterial hypertension in Brown Norway rats after renal transplantation.

    Vaskonen, T; Mervaala, E; Nevala, R; Soots, A; Krogerus, L; Lähteenmäki, T; Karppanen, H; Vapaatalo, H; Ahonen, J


    The cardiovascular and renal pathophysiology associated with chronic renal allograft rejection under triple drug immunosuppressive treatment was studied using a recently developed model (Brown Norway (BN) rats) in a 6-week experiment. Renal transplantation was performed to 10-week-old rats in a rat strain combination of Dark Agouti (DA) --> BN. The right kidney was removed from another group of BN rats (uninephrectomized). A triple drug treatment comprising cyclosporine (10 mg/kg subcutaneously, s.c.), azathioprine (2 mg/kg s.c.) and methylprednisolone (1.6 mg/kg s.c.) was given to each rat daily for 6 weeks. A control group underwent no operations nor drug treatment. After the transplantation, the systolic blood pressure in this group was increased from 116 +/- 2 to 166 +/- 2 mmHg, while in the uninephrectomized group the rise was from 115 +/- 4 to 146 +/- 4 mmHg, and no change was observed in the blood pressures of the control group. The vascular relaxation responses of mesenteric arterial rings in vitro to acetylcholine were inhibited in both the transplantation group and the uninephrectomized group as compared with the control group, but few significant differences were found in the contraction responses to noradrenaline and potassium chloride. Graft histology was examined after 6 weeks, quantified by using the chronic allograft damage index (CADI). Changes specific to a chronic rejection reaction were observed in the allografts (CADI mean 6.0) but no injuries were seen in the rats' own kidneys (CADI mean 1.2). Our findings show that allograft rejection in BN rats after renal transplantation is associated with the development of arterial hypertension. The combination of cyclosporine, methylprednisolone and azathioprine also rises blood pressure in uninephrectomized BN rats. The hypertensive effects of the drug treatment and graft rejection are associated with endothelial dysfunction.

  11. Role of interleukin-17 and Th17 cells in acute renal allograft rejection in mice%白细胞介素-17与Th17细胞在小鼠肾移植急性排斥反应中的表达及意义

    司中洲; 李亭; 李杰群; 齐海智; 谢续标


    Objective To investigate the role of Thl7 cells and the cytokine interleukin-17 (IL-17) in acute allograft rejection in mice. Methods Mouse models of kidney transplantation were randomly divided into rejection group and isograft group. On the post-operative day (POD) 3 and 7, we tested the serum IL-17 level using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and measured the number of Thl7 cells in the renal grafts by flow cytometry. The grafts were harvested and fixed in 10% formalin to prepare paraffin sections for routine pathological inspection. Results Compared to isograft group, the allograft group showed a significantly higher level of serum IL-17 on POD3 and POD7 (P<0.05), and the level of IL-17 is significantly higher on POD7 than on POD3 (P0<.05). The allograft group showed more infiltrating Thl7 cells in the grafts on POD3 and POD7 (P<0.05), and the cell number was significantly greater on POD7 (P<0.05). Pathological examination also showed an increased severity of graft rejection with the post-transplantation time. Conclusion Thl7 cells may play an important role in the development of renal graft rejection. IL-17 may serve as a potential specific indicator for predicting allograft rejection.%目的 研究Thl7细胞及相关因子白细胞介素17(IL-17)在小鼠肾移植排斥反应中的表达及意义.方法 建立小鼠肾移植模型,实验动物随机分为同系移植组和急性排斥反应组,在移植术后3d和7d,分别应用酶联免疫吸附实验检测两组小鼠血清中IL-17含量,应用流式细胞术检测移植肾中浸润淋巴细胞中Th17细胞数量,取移植肾经10%福尔马林固定后行常规病理检查.结果 与同系移植组相比,急性排斥反应组术后第3天及第7大血清中IL-17含量均升高(P<0.05),且术后第7天时IL-17含量明显高于第3天(P<0.05);急性排斥反应组移植肾中浸润淋巴细胞中Th17细胞比例在术后第3天及第7天较『司系移植组均明显增多(P<0.05),

  12. Noninvasive assessment of treatment of cardiac allograft rejection with indium-111-labeled lymphocytes

    Rosenbloom, M.; Eisen, H.J.; Laschinger, J.; Saffitz, J.E.; Sobel, B.E.; Bergmann, S.R.; Bolman, R.M. III


    We have shown previously that cardiac allograft rejection can be detected noninvasively with gamma scintigraphy after administration of indium-111 (111In)-labeled lymphocytes. To determine whether this technique could be used to monitor salvage immunosuppressive therapy in reversing rejection, 5 dogs were studied after thoracic heterotopic cardiac transplantation. Initial postoperative immunosuppression was maintained with cyclosporine (10-20 mg/kg/day) and prednisone (1 mg/kg/day) for 7 days after transplantation and then discontinued. Scintigraphy after administration of labeled lymphocytes was performed during initial immunosuppression and every 3 days after its termination. Endomyocardial biopsies were obtained on each day scintigraphy was performed. Once scintigraphic criteria for rejection were met (111In-lymphocyte uptake greater than mean +/- 2SD of normal myocardium), animals were treated with high dose methylprednisolone and cyclosporine. Myocardial 111In-lymphocyte activity compared with that in blood was 0.7 +/- 0.8 during initial immunosuppression, increased to 5.7 +/- 3.5 after termination of therapy (P less than 0.01), and diminished with salvage immunosuppressive therapy to 0.5 +/- 0.8 (P = NS compared with native hearts or allografts during initial immunosuppression). Scintigraphy accurately predicted all but one episode of biopsy-documented rejection and accurately detected reversal of rejection during salvage. Thus, scintigraphy with 111In-labeled lymphocytes should facilitate noninvasive monitoring of antirejection therapy in patients.

  13. Anti-rejection effect of ethanol extract of Poria cocos wolf in rats after cardiac allograft implantation

    张国伟; 刘宏宇; 夏求明; 李君权; 吕航; 张庆华; 姚志发


    Background A living fetus within the maternal uterus provides an example of allogene tolerance in mammals. Poria cocos Wolf is the main component of many Chinese medicinal combination drugs that have therapeutic effects on recurrent spontaneous abortion and that can maintain pregnancy until delivery. It was hypothesized that this herbal medicine can also prolong allograft survival after organ transplantation. Here, in an in vivo study, we report the anti-rejection effect of the ethanol extract of Poria cocos Wolf (EEPCW) in rats after cardiac allograft implantation. Methods Ten normal rats were healthy controls. Eighty rats receiving homologous heart transplants were divided into 4 groups of 20 rats each based on type of treatment: olive oil 8 ml*kg-1*d-1, EEPCW 25 mg*kg-1*d-1, EEPCW 50 mg*kg-1*d-1 or cyclosporin A 5mg*kg-1*d-1. Allograft survival was observed in 10 rats from each group. On the seventh day post transplantation, pathological lesions and percentages of CD3+, CD4+, and CD8+ lymphocytes and the CD4+/CD8+ ratio in peripheral blood were assessed in another 10 rats from each group and in 10 normal rats. Results The survival time of donor hearts in the two EEPCW groups was significantly prolonged, to (15.9±2.4) days and (30.0±0.0) days, respectively, compared with (6.7±0.8) days in the control group. Pathological lesions in the two EEPCW groups were also less severe, and the percentages of CD3+, CD4+, and CD8+ lymphocytes and CD4+/CD8+ ratio were significantly lower in the EEPCW groups.Conclusions Acute rejection of heart transplants and cellular immune reaction can be effectively suppressed using the EEPCW. Taking advantage of novel immunosuppressants derived from Chinese medicinal herbs used to treat abnormal pregnancy provides a hopeful road for future research and treatment in organ transplantation.

  14. Nebulized Pentamidine-Induced Acute Renal Allograft Dysfunction

    Siddhesh Prabhavalkar


    Full Text Available Acute kidney injury (AKI is a recognised complication of intravenous pentamidine therapy. A direct nephrotoxic effect leading to acute tubular necrosis has been postulated. We report a case of severe renal allograft dysfunction due to nebulised pentamidine. The patient presented with repeated episodes of AKI without obvious cause and acute tubular necrosis only on renal histology. Nebulised pentamidine was used monthly as prophylaxis for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia, and administration preceded the creatinine rise on each occasion. Graft function stabilised following discontinuation of the drug. This is the first report of nebulized pentamidine-induced reversible nephrotoxicity in a kidney allograft. This diagnosis should be considered in a case of unexplained acute renal allograft dysfunction.

  15. /sup 31/P nuclear magnetic resonance study of renal allograft rejection in the rat

    Shapiro, J.I.; Haug, C.E.; Shanley, P.F.; Weil, R. III; Chan, L.


    Phosphorus (/sup 31/P) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was used to serially evaluate heterotopic renal allograft rejection in the rat. Renal allografts transplanted to the groin of recipient animals were studied using a 1.89 Tesla horizontal bore magnet. The relative intracellular concentrations of phosphorus metabolites such as adenosine triphosphate and inorganic phosphate as well as intracellular pH were determined by /sup 31/P NMR on days 4, 7, 10, and 14 following transplantation across a major histocompatibility mismatch. Recipient rats chosen to be rejectors received no immunosuppression while animals chosen to be nonrejectors received cyclosporine during the first 7 days following transplantation. By day 7, all rejector rats could be distinguished from nonrejector rats by their higher relative concentration of inorganic phosphate and their lower relative concentration of adenosine triphosphate. These NMR findings correlated with histologic findings of renal infarction probably related to vascular rejection in the allografts. /sup 31/P NMR spectroscopy may have application as a noninvasive tool in the differential diagnosis of posttransplantation renal insufficiency.

  16. Role of tacrolimus prolonged release in the prevention of allograft rejection

    Peter Abrams


    Full Text Available Peter Abrams, Abhinav Humar, Henkie P TanDepartment of Surgery, Thomas E Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, USAAbstract: Successful management of the solid-organ transplant recipient begins with prevention of rejection and achieving a balance between insufficient and excessive immunosuppression. Standard tacrolimus therapy for prevention of solid-organ transplant rejection consists of 2 divided doses per day. In an effort to simplify tacrolimus dosing to once daily, a new formulation (tacrolimus prolonged release [PR] was chosen for its combination of a similar extent of bioavailability and a substantially reduced rate of clearance. Several clinical conversion studies have now been completed using PR to clarify its pharmacokinetics, efficacy at prevention of allograft rejection, and safety profiles in solid-organ transplant patients. A cohort of 67 stable kidney transplant recipients was converted from standard tacrolimus to PR in an open-label, multicenter study in the United States and Canada. A second open-label, multicenter study was performed in liver transplant recipients with stable graft function on standard tacrolimus therapy converted to PR. A third conversion study was performed as an open-label study at 5 centers in the United States in stable pediatric liver transplant recipients. As medication noncompliance can significantly contribute to the incidence of graft rejection and graft loss in transplant recipients, a potentially significant advance in the transplant community’s ongoing mission to optimize prevention of rejection occurred with the development of a once-daily tacrolimus PR. The results of these preliminary studies suggest that select solid-organ transplant recipients converted to PR can be safely maintained using the same monitoring and patient care techniques historically used for standard tacrolimus therapy.Keywords: immunosuppression, tacrolimus allograft

  17. Morphologic and immunohistochemical findings in antibody-mediated rejection of the cardiac allograft.

    Fishbein, Gregory A; Fishbein, Michael C


    The recognition and acceptance of the entity of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) of solid organs has been slow to develop. Greatest acceptance and most information relates to cardiac transplantation. AMR is thought to represent antibody/complement mediated injury to the microvasculature of the graft that can result in allograft dysfunction, allograft loss, accelerated graft vasculopathy, and increased mortality. The morphologic hallmark is microvascular injury with immunoglobulin and complement deposition in capillaries, accumulation of intravascular macrophages, and in more severe cases, microvascular hemorrhage and thrombosis, with inflammation and edema of the affected organ. Understanding of the pathogenesis of AMR, criteria and methods for diagnosis, and treatment strategies are still in evolution, and will be addressed in this review.

  18. 细胞间黏附分子-1靶向微泡超声造影成像评价肾移植后急性排异反应%Ultrasound imaging of acute renal allograft rejection with microbubbles targeted to intercellular adhesion molecule-1

    纪丽景; 王宝平; 罗利红; 吴凤林


    目的 探讨靶向超声分子成像评价肾移植后急性排异反应的可行性.方法 采用“亲和素-生物素”桥接法构建携抗细胞间黏附分子-1(ICAM-1)靶向微泡(MBI)和携同型抗体对照微泡(MB).10只SD大鼠行左侧肾异种移植术,术后72 h移植肾随机先后注入MBI和MB(间隔30 min),分别于注入3 min后行移植肾超声造影检查,并测量移植肾声强度(VI),最后进行肾组织病理及免疫组化检测.结果 移植肾在注入靶向超声微泡后可见肾区域明显灌注显影,延迟3 min显像MBI组在移植肾可见显著的超声显影增强.而MB组移植肾仅见轻度的超声显影增强,其显影强度较前者明显减弱.MBI组和MB组移植肾VI值分别为(27.0±7.4)U、(10.2±2.4)U,两者之间差异有统计学意义(F=64.744,P<0.05).结论应用靶向ICAM-1超声微泡和超声造影结合能有效评价大鼠肾移植急性排异.%Objective To assess the feasibility of evaluation of renal allograft acute rejection in rat with contrast-enhanced ultrasound ( CEUS ) and targeted microbubbles.Methods Phospholipid microbubbles targeted to intercellular adhesion molecule -1 (ICAM-1)(MBI) and control microbubbles (MB) were created by conjugating monoclonal antibody against ICAM-1 or isotype control antibody to the lipid capsule via “avidin-biotin” bridging.Ten SD rats with acute renal allograft rejection were injected intravenous of MBI and MB in random order with a 30-min interval.After 3 min of intravenous injection of microbubbles,targeted CEUS imaging was performed in all rats.And then the video intensity (VI) was determined.Results In MBI group,a significant ultrasonic enhancement was observed,but it was not very obvious in MB group.Increment in VI value of transplant kidney in MBI group was great and it amounted to (27.0 ± 7.4)U,however,increment in VI value of in MB group was minor and it was merely (10.2 ± 2.4) U,Difference was evident in transplant kidney between of the two

  19. Renal allograft rejection: examination of delayed differentiation of Treg and Th17 effector T cells.

    Pekalski, Marcin; Jenkinson, Sarah E; Willet, Joseph D P; Poyner, Elizabeth F M; Alhamidi, Abdulaziz H; Robertson, Helen; Ali, Simi; Kirby, John A


    Antigen presentation after kidney transplantation occurs in lymphoid tissues remote from the allograft, with activated T cells then migrating towards the graft. This study examined the possibility that these activated T cells can differentiate to acquire Th17 or Treg phenotypes after a time consistent with their arrival within renal allograft tissues. An immunocytochemical study was performed to demonstrate the response to intragraft TGF-β and the phenotype of lymphoid cells within rejecting human renal allograft tissue. A series of in vitro experiments was then performed to determine the potential to induce these phenotypes by addition of appropriate cytokines 3days after initial T cell activation. During renal allograft rejection there was a strong response to TGF-β, and both FOXP3 and IL-17A were expressed by separate lymphoid cells in the graft infiltrate. FOXP3 could be induced to high levels by the addition of TGF-β1 3days after the initiation of allogeneic mixed leukocyte culture. This Treg marker was enriched in the sub-population of T cells expressing the cell-surface αE(CD103)β7 integrin. The RORγt transcription factor and IL-17A were induced 3days after T cell activation by the addition of TGF-β1, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-23; many of these Th17 cells also co-expressed CD103. T cells can develop an effector phenotype following cytokine stimulation 3days after initial activation. This suggests that the intragraft T cell phenotype may be indicative of the prevailing cytokine microenvironment.

  20. Doppler spectrum analysis to diagnose rejection during posttransplant acute renal failure.

    Merkus, J W; Hoitsma, A J; van Asten, W N; Koene, R A; Skotnicki, S H


    During posttransplant acute renal failure (ARF), the diagnosis of allograft rejection constitutes a major problem. We evaluated the value of Doppler ultrasonography in identifying grafts at risk of rejection during ARF. In 184 recipients of a renal allograft, Doppler examinations were performed on the first and fifth postoperative day. Doppler spectra were quantitatively analyzed with a user-written computer program. Doppler findings were not used in clinical decision making. ARF was defined as a diuresis cadaveric grafts (n = 123), while living related donor grafts (n = 20) showed a lower RI (0.55 +/- 0.07; P 4 days (n = 24), RI was not significantly different (0.63 +/- 0.07 vs. 0.68 +/- 0.15; NS). However, the acceleration time of the systolic deflection of the spectrum waveform (Tmax) was shorter in grafts with ARF > 4 days (86 +/- 47 msec vs. 128 +/- 39 msec; P 4 days (n = 24) showed a Tmax or = 90 msec, only 2 rejections occurred (negative predictive value, 13/15 = 87%). For the RI (> 0.85), positive predictive value was 4/5 = 80% and negative predictive value (RI identification of patients at risk for rejection and in the timing of allograft biopsy during ARF. Persistently short Tmax values on the fifth day after transplantation perform better in identifying grafts at risk of rejection than high RI values.

  1. Monitoring of Acute Rejection after Orthotopic Heart Tranplantation

    Meng chun ying; Huang ke li; Luo bin; Wen ding guo


    Objectives To study the monitoring of rejection after orthotopic heart thansplantation.Methods From 1998 to 2005, 10 othotopic heart thansplans were performed, and acute rejection was monitored by endomyocardial biopsy as well as by clinical features, ECG, ultrasonocardiography and blood serum determination of Tropin I, and by the combination of these methods, we analysed the monitoring of acute rejection after the heart transplantation. Results With the combination of clinical features, ECG, ultrasonocardiography and blood serum test, 5 occurences of acute rejection were judged in the postoperative course, which were comfirmed by endomyocardial biopsy to be 2 acute rejections in Ⅰ b degree, 3 acute rejections in Ⅲ a degree. Endomyocardial biopsy were routinely performed 21 times postoperatively in which there were 1 acute rejection in Ⅰ a degree and 5 acute rejections in Ⅰ b degree. Conclusions Acute rejection is an important factor influencing the postoperative course of heart transplantation, so it is imperative to have an intime, effective and planned monitoring procedure for acute rejection. Endomyocardial biopsy is a sensitive and reliable method in diagnosis of acute rejection, but it is invasive and probable for some complications. The noninvasive method such as clinical features, ECG,ultrasonocardiography and blood serum test can be used as additive means in the diagnosis of acute rejection.Endomyocardial biopsy should be combined with some noninvasive methods in monitoring acute rejection after the heart transplantation.

  2. Recurrence of Acute Page Kidney in a Renal Transplant Allograft

    Zayas, Carlos; Mulloy, Laura; Jagadeesan, Muralidharan


    Acute Page Kidney (APK) phenomenon is a rare cause of secondary hypertension, mediated by activation of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Timely intervention is of great importance to prevent any end organ damage from hypertension. We present a unique case of three episodes of APK in the same renal transplant allograft. PMID:27725836

  3. Recurrence of Acute Page Kidney in a Renal Transplant Allograft

    Rajan Kapoor


    Full Text Available Acute Page Kidney (APK phenomenon is a rare cause of secondary hypertension, mediated by activation of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS. Timely intervention is of great importance to prevent any end organ damage from hypertension. We present a unique case of three episodes of APK in the same renal transplant allograft.

  4. Recurrence of Acute Page Kidney in a Renal Transplant Allograft.

    Kapoor, Rajan; Zayas, Carlos; Mulloy, Laura; Jagadeesan, Muralidharan


    Acute Page Kidney (APK) phenomenon is a rare cause of secondary hypertension, mediated by activation of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Timely intervention is of great importance to prevent any end organ damage from hypertension. We present a unique case of three episodes of APK in the same renal transplant allograft.

  5. Urinary mRNA for the Diagnosis of Renal Allograft Rejection: The Issue of Normalization.

    Galichon, P; Amrouche, L; Hertig, A; Brocheriou, I; Rabant, M; Xu-Dubois, Y-C; Ouali, N; Dahan, K; Morin, L; Terzi, F; Rondeau, E; Anglicheau, D


    Urinary messenger RNA (mRNA) quantification is a promising method for noninvasive diagnosis of renal allograft rejection (AR), but the quantification of mRNAs in urine remains challenging due to degradation. RNA normalization may be warranted to overcome these issues, but the strategies of gene normalization have been poorly evaluated. Herein, we address this issue in a case-control study of 108 urine samples collected at time of allograft biopsy in kidney recipients with (n = 52) or without (n = 56) AR by comparing the diagnostic value of IP-10 and CD3ε mRNAs-two biomarkers of AR-after normalization by the total amount of RNA, normalization by one of the three widely used reference RNAs-18S, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) and Hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT)-or normalization using uroplakin 1A (UPK) mRNA as a possible urine-specific reference mRNA. Our results show that normalization based on the total quantity of RNA is not substantially improved by additional normalization and may even be worsened with some classical reference genes that are overexpressed during rejection. However, considering that normalization by a reference gene is necessary to ensure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) quality and reproducibility and to suppress the effect of RNA degradation, we suggest that GAPDH and UPK1A are preferable to 18S or HPRT RNA.

  6. Roles of B lymphocyte and plasma cell in liver allograft of acute and chronic rejection%肝脏移植急、慢性排斥反应时移植肝内B淋巴细胞和浆细胞的变化和意义

    宋继勇; 石炳毅; 杜国盛; 朱志东; 邹一平; 金海龙


    Objective To explore the roles of B lymphocyte and plasma cell in liver allograft re-jection to find the evidences of humoral factor participating in the rejection. Methods Immunohisto-chemical inspection of C4d, CD20+ B lymphocytes and CD138+ plasma cells were performed in 34 liver biopsy specimens from 25 patients with hepatic injury and their preoperative specimens. Then we ob-served the variances of the above parameters in the liver biopsy specimens and the differences of them with different hepatic injuries. We further observed the relation of the presence of CD20+ B lympho-cytes and CD138+ plasma cells to C4d positivity. Meanwhile, we compared the difficulties of clinical therapy with different presences of CD20+ B lymphocytes and CD138+ plasma cells in the liver biopsy specimens. Results The positive ratios of CD20+B lymphocytes and CD138+ plasma cells were signif-icantly higher in the acute rejection group than in the non-rejection group(P<0. 05 and P<0. 01).The positive ratios of CD20+ B lymphocytes were markedly higher in the chronic rejection group than in the non-rejection group(P<0. 05). There was no difference in CD138+ plasma cells between the 2 groups. The degrees of hepatic injury could not influence the positive ratioes of CD138+ plasma, but the positive ratioes of CD20+ B lymphocytes in the heavy hepatic injury groups was higher than in the slight hepatic injury groups(P<0. 05). CD20+ B lymphocytes and CD138+ plasma cells presented fol-lowing C4d(P<0. 01 and P<0. 05). The effective power of steroid in the all-positive group was obvi-ously lower than in the all-negative group(P<0. 05). Conclusion Humoral immune may participate in some liver allograft rejection. It would be more favorable for observing and prewarning the humoral re-jection by finding CD20, CD138 and C4d by immunohistochemical staining in liver biopsy specimens with hepatic injury after liver transplantation. It would be helpful for choosing the therapeutic regi-mens of liver

  7. 选择性5-HT2A受体拮抗剂沙格雷酯延缓大鼠移植动脉急性排斥反应后纤维化%Relief on fibrosis past acute rejection of the rat allograft artery from the specific 5-HT2A receptor blocker,sarpogrelate

    王海灏; 李明; 吴敏; 张伟杰; 陈知水; 阳军


    目的 研究选择性5-羟色胺2A(5-HT2A)受体拮抗剂沙格雷酯延缓大鼠移植动脉急性排斥反应后纤维化的作用。方法 实验分为3组,同种移植对照组(供、受者分别为Wistar大鼠和SD大鼠)、同系移植对照组(供、受者均为SD大鼠)和实验组(供、受者分别为Wistar大鼠和SD大鼠),建立大鼠腹主动脉移植急性排斥反应后纤维化模型。术后各组大鼠喂养条件相同,仅实验组大鼠每天给予沙格雷酯灌胃,25 mg/kg。术后第14天和第60天对移植动脉行病理组织学及免疫组织化学检测,观察移植动脉内膜增生情况以及增殖细胞核抗原(PCNA)和平滑肌肌动蛋白(α-SMA)的表达情况。结果 所有移植手术均获成功。术后第14天时,同种移植对照组移植动脉出现典型的急性排斥反应改变。术后第60天,同种移植对照组、同系移植对照组和实验组内膜指数分别为(62.41±6.54)%、(0.94±0.33)%和(16.71±3.94)%,3组间内膜指数的两两比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05); PCNA和α-SMA细胞阳性率分别为(0.99±0.54)%和(0.79±0.33)%、(22.43±3.40)%和(23.70±2.78)%及(7.37±4.61)%和(8.21±3.11)%,3组间PCNA阳性率的两两比较及α-SMA阳性率的两两比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论 大鼠移植动脉急性排斥反应后可继发严重纤维化,沙格雷酯可显著延缓急性排斥反应后纤维化的发生、发展,其作用机制可能与下调PCNA和α-SMA的表达有关。%Objective To investigate the effect of sarpogrelate, a specific 5-HT2A receptor blocker,on fibrosis past acute rejection of abdominal aortic allotransplantation in rats. Methods The rat models of abdominal aortic transplantation were divided into three groups: allograft control group (Wistar→ SD), isograft control group ( SD→ SD) and sarpogrelate-treated group (Wistar→ SD).Sarpogrelate-treated group received intragastric

  8. Serum beta-2-Microglobulin level: A parameter for early diagnosis of renal allograft rejection

    Rezai A


    Full Text Available For monitoring of renal transplant function, serum B2m was evaluated in 23 recipients. According to clinical diagnosis the patients were in four groups: 1 Successful renal transplant; the mean concentration of SB2m pretransplantation was 73.1±26.1 mg/L but decreased to nearly normal level (4.43±1.17 mg/L within 24-48h and then reached to 3.1 mg/L duting 20 days after transplantation. 2 Renal dysfunction (except rejection; the maximum changes of SB2m was 1.1 mg/L/day and no significant changes of SB2m were found between this group and group 1. 3 Accelerated and acute rejection; during immunological rejection crisis, SB2m level increased and after response to antirejection therapy decreased. The daily changes of SB2m allowed to diffrentiate renal dysfunction fom rejection in 84% of cases. Moreover according to SB2m fluctuation levels, SB2m had a prognostic pattern for acute rejection due to significant differences between the level of SB2m on the day of clinical diagnosis of rejection and 4 days previously (P<0.025, and also 2 days before rejection (P<0.025, while this pattern was not found for serum creatinin and BUN.

  9. Doppler sonography in renal transplants; differential diagnosis of normal from acute rejection

    Lim, Gyeh Yon; Lee, M. H.; Son, K. M.; Shin, K. S.; Park, Y. H. [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We undertook a combined retrospective and prospective analysis of duplex Doppler examinations performed over a perion of 10 months in order to assess the value of Doppler study(DS)in evaluating renal allograft dysfunction. A total of 110 DS on 82 transplant patients were performed including 79 normal transplants, 29 acute rejections and 2 acute tubular necrosis(ATN). Resistive Index(RI) in 79 normal transplants ranged from 0.44 to 0.7 (Mean;0.59+0.07) in the arcuate artery, and from 0.45 to 0.75(mean;0.61+0.08) in the interlobar artery. RI in 29 cases of acute rejection ranged from 0.61 to 1.0 (mean; 0.77+0.10) in the interlobar artery. In ATNRI ranged from 0.59 to 0.63 (mean 0.62) in the arcuate artery, and from 0.59 to 0.62(mean 0.61) in the interlobar artery. The RI in acute rejection is significantly higher than that of the normal transplants (p<0.001). With a resistive index greater than 0.8, 100% positive predictive value was obtained for the diagnosis of acute rejection. The value less than 0.7 was unlikely to suggest acute rejection(negative predictive value 92%)

  10. The Presence of HLA-E-Restricted, CMV-Specific CD8+ T Cells in the Blood of Lung Transplant Recipients Correlates with Chronic Allograft Rejection.

    Lucy C Sullivan

    Full Text Available The human cytomegalovirus (CMV immune evasion protein, UL40, shares an identical peptide sequence with that found in the leader sequence of many human leukocyte antigen (HLA-C alleles and when complexed with HLA-E, can modulate NK cell functions via interactions with the CD94-NKG2 receptors. However the UL40-derived sequence can also be immunogenic, eliciting robust CD8+ T cell responses. In the setting of solid organ transplantation these T cells may not only be involved in antiviral immunity but also can potentially contribute to allograft rejection when the UL40 epitope is also present in allograft-encoded HLA. Here we assessed 15 bilateral lung transplant recipients for the presence of HLA-E-restricted UL40 specific T cells by tetramer staining of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC. UL40-specific T cells were observed in 7 patients post-transplant however the magnitude of the response varied significantly between patients. Moreover, unlike healthy CMV seropositive individuals, longitudinal analyses revealed that proportions of such T cells fluctuated markedly. Nine patients experienced low-grade acute cellular rejection, of which 6 also demonstrated UL40-specific T cells. Furthermore, the presence of UL40-specific CD8+ T cells in the blood was significantly associated with allograft dysfunction, which manifested as Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS. Therefore, this study suggests that minor histocompatibility antigens presented by HLA-E can represent an additional risk factor following lung transplantation.

  11. Graft irradiation in the treatment of acute rejection of renal transplants: a randomized study

    Pilepich, M.V.; Anderson, C.B.; Etheredge, E.E.; Sicard, G.A.; Melzer, J.S.; Blum, J.


    A randomized study of graft irradiation in the treatment of acute rejection of renal transplants was conducted from 1978 to 1981. Patients developing clinical signs of an acute graft rejection received customary antirejection treatment in the form of intravenous administration of high-dose (1 gm per day) of methylprednisolone. They were at the same time randomized to either receive therapeutic irradiation (175 rad every other day to a total of 525 rad) or sham irradiation. Neither the patient nor the Transplant Service surgeons knew at any time whether the radiation treatment had been given. Eighty-three rejection episodes occurring in 64 grafts were entered into the study. Acute rejection was reversed in 84.5% of grafts in the control and 75% in the treated group. The incidence of recurrent rejection was higher in the treated group (66 vs. 46%) and graft survival was lower (22% vs. 54%). The study failed to demonstrate a beneficial effect of graft irradiation in the treatment of acute renal allograft rejection, when used in conjunction with high dose steriods.

  12. The Characteristics of Acute Rejection after Limb Allotransplantation in Rats-An Experimental Study

    康皓; 洪光祥; 王发斌; 陈振兵; 黄启顺; 翁雨雄


    To study the characteristics of acute rejection after limb allotransplantation, 29 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 2 groups, with 15 rats in control group and 14 rats in experimental group. Each rat in control group underwent limb replantation. Each rat in experimental group received limb transplantation from Wistar rat. No immnosuppressive drugs were used after operation. The circulation of the transplanted limb, time and signs of rejection, histopathological changes in the tissues of the limb graft when rejected and survival time of limb grafts were evaluated. In the control group, no signs of rejection were observed, the circulation of each replanted limb was normal, it could survive for a longer time. The experimental group showed clinical signs of rejection (sub dermal edema and erythema) after a mean time of 3. 36±1.15 days, and the mean survival time of the allografts was only 7±0.78 days. Histopathological examination showed most violent rejection reaction in skin. It is concluded that with Wistar-to-SD limb transplantation without use of immunosuppression, rejection of the grafts would occur after a mean time of 3.36 ±1.15days; the earliest signs of rejection were edema and erythema of the skin, skin being the most representative component of limb graft rejection.

  13. Expression of Cytokines in Acute Heart Transplantation Rejection

    XIA Jiahong; XU Lei; YANG Chenyuan


    The expression and changes of local cytokines network were detected in heart transplantation in rats, so as to determine the role of cytokines in the acute rejection of rats of heart transplantation. Allografts were divided into 4 groups (n=12 in each group): group A (control), group B (IL-2 monoclonal antibody-treated), group C (CsA-treated) and group D (IL-2 monoclonal antibody+CsA-treated). Hearts from DA rats were transplanted into a cervical location in Wistar recipients. The local expression of IL-1β, IL-2, CD25, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-10, TNFα and INFγ was detected at day 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 14 by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The results showed that the survival time of allografts was 8.3±1.7, 29.2±7.1 (P<0.05), 26.4±5.7 (P<0.05) and 55.0±10.6 (P<0.01) days respectively in groups A, B, C and D. The expression of IL-1β, IL-4, IL-10and IFNγ was up-regulated, and that of IL-2, CD25, IL-5, IL-6 and TNFα was significantly inhibited in group A; The expression of IL-1β, IL-5, IL-6, IL-10 and IFNγ was up-regulated, and that of IL-2,IL-4 and TNFα was significantly down-regulated in group B; The expression of IL-1β, IL-2, CD25,IL-5, TNFα and IFNγ was up-regulated, and that of IL-4, IL-6 and IL-10 was significantly down-regulated in group C; The expression of IL-14, Il-5, IL-6 and Il-10 was up-regulated, and that of IL-1β, IL-2, CD25, TNFα and IFNγ was significantly down-regulated in group D. In conclusion,cytokines play an important role in the development of acute transplantation rejection. Different cytokines play different roles in different local environments.

  14. Effects of therapeutic hypercapnia on acute pulmonary allograft rejection induced by macrophages in rats%治疗性高碳酸血症对巨噬细胞诱发大鼠移植肺急性排斥反应的影响

    赵灿; 刘冬冬; 崔晓光


    Objective To investigate the effects of therapeutic hypercapnia on acute pulmonary allograft rejection induced by macrophages in rats.Methods Twenty-four adult male Wistar rats and 12 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats,weighing 250-280 g,were used in this study.The recipient rats were randomly divided into 3 groups using a random number table (n =6 each):syngraft group (group S),allograft group (group A) and therapeutic hypercapnia group (group H).In group S,Wistar rats served as donors and recipients,while in A and H groups,Sprague-Dawley rats served as donors and Wistar rats served as recipients.Orthotopic left lung transplantation was performed using the cuff technique.After transplantation,the rats inhaled 50% N2-50% O2 for 90 min during reperfusion in S and A groups,while in group H the rats inhaled N2-O2-CO2 for 90 min during reperfusion and PaCO2 was maintained at 80-100 mm Hg and O2 concentration in inspired air at 48%-50% by adjusting the concentrations of the three gases.At 7 days after operation,the arterial blood sample was collected for blood gas analysis and for determination of serum concentrations of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and interferon γ (IFN-γ)by ELISA.The oxygenation index was calculated.Then the rats were sacrificed,and the transplanted lungs were removed for microscopic examination and for detection of infiltration of macrophages (by immunohistochemistry)and cell apoptosis (by using TUNEL) in lung tissues.The rejection was scored and apoptotic index was calculated.Results Compared with group S,PaCO2,serum concentrations of TNF-α and IFN-γ,rejection score,the number of macrophages and apoptotic index were significantly increased,and oxygenation index was decreased in group A (P < 0.05).Compared with group A,pH value and oxygenation index were significantly increased,and serum concentrations of TNF-α and IFN-γ,rejection score,the number of macrophages and apoptotic index were decreased in group H (P < 0.05).Conclusion

  15. Preformed Donor HLA-DP-Specific Antibodies Mediate Acute and Chronic Antibody-Mediated Rejection Following Renal Transplantation

    Jolly, E. C.; Key, T; H. Rasheed; Morgan, H; Butler, A; Pritchard, N.; Taylor, C J; Clatworthy, M. R.


    Donor-specific HLA alloantibodies may cause acute and chronic antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and significantly compromise allograft survival. The clinical relevance of antibodies directed against some HLA class II antigens, particularly HLA-DP, is less clear with conflicting reports on their pathogenicity. We report two patients with high levels of pretransplant donor-specific HLA-DP antibodies who subsequently developed recurrent acute AMR and graft failure. In both cases, there were no o...

  16. Tolerance and chronic rejection.

    Womer, K. L.; Lee, R S; Madsen, J. C.; Sayegh, M H


    The most common cause of chronic allograft loss is an incompletely understood clinicopathological entity called chronic rejection (CR). Recent reports suggest an improvement in long-term renal allograft survival, although it is not clear from these data whether a true reduction of biopsy-proven CR has occurred. Although newer immunosuppressive medications have greatly reduced the incidence of acute rejection (AR) in the early post-transplantation period, the ideal therapy for both AR and CR w...

  17. Chronic cardiac allograft rejection: critical role of ED-A(+) fibronectin and implications for targeted therapy strategies.

    Franz, Marcus; Neri, Dario; Berndt, Alexander


    Chronic cardiac allograft rejection is characterized by cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) and cardiac interstitial fibrosis (CIF) causing severe long-term complications after heart transplantation and determining allograft function and patients' prognosis. Until now, there have been no sufficient preventive or therapeutic strategies. CAV and CIF are accompanied by changes in the extracellular matrix, including re-expression of the fetal fibronectin splice variant known as ED-A(+) fibronectin. This molecule has been shown to be crucial for the development of myofibroblasts (MyoFbs) as the main cell type in CIF and for the activation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) as the main cell type in CAV. Relevant re-expression and protein deposition of ED-A(+) fibronectin has been demonstrated in animal models of chronic rejection, with spatial association to CAV and CIF, and a quantitative correlation to the rejection grade. The paper by Booth et al published in this issue of The Journal of Pathology could prove for the first time the functional importance of ED-A(+) fibronectin for the development of CIF as a main component of chronic cardiac rejection. Thus, promising conclusions for the development of new diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic strategies for chronic cardiac rejection focusing on ED-A(+) fibronectin can be suggested.

  18. Acute appendicitis mistaken as acute rejection in renal transplant recipients.

    Talwalkar N


    Full Text Available Case histories of 2 renal transplant recipients are reported who had presenting features of fever, leukocytosis and pain/tenderness over right iliac fossa and were diagnosed to be due to acute appendicitis rather than more commonly suspected acute rejection episode which has very similar features. Diagnosis of acute appendicitis was suspected on the basis of rectal examination and later confirmed by laparotomy. The purpose of this communication is to emphasize the need for proper diagnosis in patient with such presentation; otherwise wrong treatment may be received.

  19. Interleukin-6, A Cytokine Critical to Mediation of Inflammation, Autoimmunity and Allograft Rejection: Therapeutic Implications of IL-6 Receptor Blockade.

    Jordan, Stanley C; Choi, Jua; Kim, Irene; Wu, Gordon; Toyoda, Mieko; Shin, Bonga; Vo, Ashley


    The success of kidney transplants is limited by the lack of robust improvements in long-term survival. It is now recognized that alloimmune responses are responsible for the majority of allograft failures. Development of novel therapies to decrease allosensitization is critical. The lack of new drug development in kidney transplantation necessitated repurposing drugs initially developed in oncology and autoimmunity. Among these is tocilizumab (anti-IL-6 receptor [IL-6R]) which holds promise for modulating multiple immune pathways responsible for allograft injury and loss. Interleukin-6 is a cytokine critical to proinflammatory and immune regulatory cascades. Emerging data have identified important roles for IL-6 in innate immune responses and adaptive immunity. Excessive IL-6 production is associated with activation of T-helper 17 cell and inhibition of regulatory T cell with attendant inflammation. Plasmablast production of IL-6 is critical for initiation of T follicular helper cells and production of high-affinity IgG. Tocilizumab is the first-in-class drug developed to treat diseases mediated by IL-6. Data are emerging from animal and human studies indicating a critical role for IL-6 in mediation of cell-mediated rejection, antibody-mediated rejection, and chronic allograft vasculopathy. This suggests that anti-IL-6/IL-6R blockade could be effective in modifying T- and B-cell responses to allografts. Initial data from our group suggest anti-IL-6R therapy is of value in desensitization and prevention and treatment of antibody-mediated rejection. In addition, human trials have shown benefits in treatment of graft versus host disease in matched or mismatched stem cell transplants. Here, we explore the biology of IL-6/IL-6R interactions and the evidence for an important role of IL-6 in mediating allograft rejection.


    A. I. Sushkov


    Full Text Available Diagnostic criteria and treatment protocols for acute antibody-mediated rejection (AMR of kidney allograft remain controversial. We report the case of early severe AMR after primary kidney transplantation. The graft removal was considered in the absence of treatment efficacy and in the presence of systemic infl ammatory response syndrome. However, at surgery the graft looked normal and it was not removed. The repeated treatment course (plasmapheresis, antithymocyte globulin, intravenous immunoglobulin and rituximab was effective. The patient has good and stable graft function in 1 year after transplantation. 

  1. The cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway delays TLR-induced skin allograft rejection in mice: cholinergic pathway modulates alloreactivity.

    Claude Sadis

    Full Text Available Activation of innate immunity through Toll-like receptors (TLR can abrogate transplantation tolerance by revealing hidden T cell alloreactivity. Separately, the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway has the capacity to dampen macrophage activation and cytokine release during endotoxemia and ischemia reperfusion injury. However, the relevance of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR-dependent anti-inflammatory pathway in the process of allograft rejection or maintenance of tolerance remains unknown. The aim of our study is to investigate whether the cholinergic pathway could impact T cell alloreactivity and transplant outcome in mice. For this purpose, we performed minor-mismatched skin allografts using donor/recipient combinations genetically deficient for the α7nAChR. Minor-mismatched skin grafts were not rejected unless the mice were housed in an environment with endogenous pathogen exposure or the graft was treated with direct application of imiquimod (a TLR7 ligand. The α7nAChR-deficient recipient mice showed accelerated rejection compared to wild type recipient mice under these conditions of TLR activation. The accelerated rejection was associated with enhanced IL-17 and IFN-γ production by alloreactive T cells. An α7nAChR-deficiency in the donor tissue facilitated allograft rejection but not in recipient mice. In addition, adoptive T cell transfer experiments in skin-grafted lymphopenic animals revealed a direct regulatory role for the α7nAChR on T cells. Taken together, our data demonstrate that the cholinergic pathway regulates alloreactivity and transplantation tolerance at multiple levels. One implication suggested by our work is that, in an organ transplant setting, deliberate α7nAChR stimulation of brain dead donors might be a valuable approach for preventing donor tissue inflammation prior to transplant.

  2. The cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway delays TLR-induced skin allograft rejection in mice: cholinergic pathway modulates alloreactivity.

    Sadis, Claude; Detienne, Sophie; Vokaer, Benoît; Charbonnier, Louis-Marie; Lemaître, Philippe; Spilleboudt, Chloé; Delbauve, Sandrine; Kubjak, Carole; Flamand, Véronique; Field, Kenneth A; Goldman, Michel; Benghiat, Fleur S; Le Moine, Alain


    Activation of innate immunity through Toll-like receptors (TLR) can abrogate transplantation tolerance by revealing hidden T cell alloreactivity. Separately, the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway has the capacity to dampen macrophage activation and cytokine release during endotoxemia and ischemia reperfusion injury. However, the relevance of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR)-dependent anti-inflammatory pathway in the process of allograft rejection or maintenance of tolerance remains unknown. The aim of our study is to investigate whether the cholinergic pathway could impact T cell alloreactivity and transplant outcome in mice. For this purpose, we performed minor-mismatched skin allografts using donor/recipient combinations genetically deficient for the α7nAChR. Minor-mismatched skin grafts were not rejected unless the mice were housed in an environment with endogenous pathogen exposure or the graft was treated with direct application of imiquimod (a TLR7 ligand). The α7nAChR-deficient recipient mice showed accelerated rejection compared to wild type recipient mice under these conditions of TLR activation. The accelerated rejection was associated with enhanced IL-17 and IFN-γ production by alloreactive T cells. An α7nAChR-deficiency in the donor tissue facilitated allograft rejection but not in recipient mice. In addition, adoptive T cell transfer experiments in skin-grafted lymphopenic animals revealed a direct regulatory role for the α7nAChR on T cells. Taken together, our data demonstrate that the cholinergic pathway regulates alloreactivity and transplantation tolerance at multiple levels. One implication suggested by our work is that, in an organ transplant setting, deliberate α7nAChR stimulation of brain dead donors might be a valuable approach for preventing donor tissue inflammation prior to transplant.

  3. Acute Rejection after Human Renal Transplantation

    Ana Roussoulières


    Full Text Available Genes involved in acute rejection (AR after organ transplantation remain to be further elucidated. In a previous work we have demonstrated the under-expression of VE-Cadherin by endothelial cells (EC in AR following murine and human heart transplantation. Serial sections from 15 human kidney Banff-graded transplant biopsies were examined for the presence of VE-Cadherin and CD34 staining by immunohistochemistry (no AR (n=5, AR grade IA (n=5, or AR grade IIA (n=5. Quantification of peritubular EC staining were evaluated and results were expressed by the percentage of stained cells per surface analysed. There was no difference in CD34 staining between the 3 groups. VE-Cadherin expression was significantly reduced in AR Grade IIA when compared to no AR (P=.01 and to AR grade IA (P=.02. This study demonstrates a reduced VE-Cadherin expression by EC in AR after renal transplantation. The down-regulation of VE-Cadherin may strongly participate in human AR.

  4. Analysis of Sera of Recipients with Allograft Rejection Indicates That Keratin 1 Is the Target of Anti-Endothelial Antibodies

    Guo, Xuli; Hu, Juan; Luo, Weiguang; Luo, Qizhi; Guo, Jing; Tian, Fang; Ming, Yingzi


    Anti-endothelial cell antibodies (AECAs) are usually directed against the surface antigens on the vascular endothelial cells. Clinical studies suggest a pathogenic role for nonhuman leukocyte antigen in antibody-mediated rejection; however, the antigens on the donor vascular endothelium that serve as the first-line targets for an immune response during allograft rejection have not been fully identified. Here, we used immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry to identify antigens from the sera of kidney transplant recipients who were experiencing antibody-mediated rejection. Keratin 1 (KRT1) was identified as a novel antigenic target expressed on endothelial cells. To validate our finding, we produced recombinant proteins representing the three most common alleles of KRT1. The serum used for immunoprecipitation showed a strong reaction to KRT1 recombinants in western blot and ELISA. In the kidney transplant cohort, more AECA-positive recipients than AECA-negative recipients had KRT1 antibodies (32.2% versus 11.9%, p = 0.002). Sera from 255 renal recipients were tested by ELISA. Of the 77 recipients with deteriorating graft function (serum creatinine > 120 μmol/L), 23 had anti-KRT1 antibodies. KRT1-IgG positivity was, therefore, associated with a higher risk of kidney transplant rejection (29.9% (23/77) versus 16.9% (30/178), p = 0.0187). A better understanding of this antigenic target will improve long-term allograft survival.

  5. Development of injury in a rat model of chronic renal allograft rejection: effect of dietary protein restriction.

    Bombas, A; Stein-Oakley, A N; Baxter, K; Thomson, N M; Jablonski, P


    Non-allogeneic factors such as increased nephron "workload" may contribute to chronic renal allograft rejection. Reducing dietary protein from 20% to 8% was tested in a model of chronic rejection: Dark Agouti kidney to Albino Surgery recipient, "tolerised" by previous donor blood transfusions. Survival, weight gain, serum creatinine concentration and creatinine clearance were similar for both groups at all times. Urinary protein was significantly (P < 0.05) lower in the low-protein (LP) group 1 month after transplantation. After 3 and 6 months, both groups demonstrated mild chronic rejection. After 6 months, tubular atrophy was significantly (P < 0.05) less in the LP group and interstitial fibrosis was marginally reduced. Glomerular hypertrophy, glomerular sclerosis, tubular dilatation, leucocyte infiltration, adhesion molecule expression and TGF-beta1 mRNA expression were similarly increased in both groups. Thus, reducing dietary protein to 8% lowered urinary protein, but did not significantly affect the development of chronic rejection in renal allografts beyond affording a degree of protection from tubulointerstitial damage.

  6. De novo expression of fetal ED-A(+) fibronectin and B (+) tenascin-C splicing variants in human cardiac allografts: potential impact for targeted therapy of rejection.

    Franz, Marcus; Matusiak-Brückner, Monika; Richter, Petra; Grün, Katja; Ziffels, Barbara; Neri, Dario; Maschek, Hansjörg; Schulz, Uwe; Pfeil, Alexander; Jung, Christian; Figulla, Hans R; Gummert, Jan; Berndt, Alexander; Renner, André


    Management of acute and especially chronic rejection after human cardiac transplantation is still challenging. Chronic rejection, represented by allograft vasculopathy (CAV) and cardiac interstitial fibrosis (CIF) is known to cause severe long-term complications. Rejection associated tissue-remodelling entails the reoccurrence of fetal variants of Fibronectin (Fn) and Tenascin-C (Tn-C), which are virtually absent in adult human organs. In a rat model, an extensive re-expression could be demonstrated for ED-A(+) Fn with spatial association to CAV and CIF. Thus, it is of great interest to investigate the cardiac tissue expression and distribution in human samples. From 48 heart transplanted patients, 64 tissue specimens derived from right ventricular biopsies were available. Histopathological analysis was performed according to the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) guidelines for the detection of acute rejection. By immunohistochemistry, protein expression of ED-A(+) Fn, B(+) Tn-C, alpha-smooth muscle actin, CD31 and CD45 was assessed and analysed semiquantitatively. Co-localisation studies were performed by means of immunofluorescence double labelling. Histopathological analysis of the 64 samples revealed different ISHLT grades (0R in 36 cases, 1R in 20 cases and 2R in 8 cases). There was a distinct and quantitatively relevant re-occurrence of ED-A(+) Fn and B(+) Tn-C in most samples. Semi-quantitative evaluation did not show any correlation to the acute rejection grade for all markers. Interestingly, significant correlations to the extent of inflammation could be shown for ED-A(+) Fn (r = 0.442, p = 0.000) and B(+) Tn-C (r = 0.408, p = 0.001) as well as between both proteins (r = 0.663, p = 0.000). A spatial association of ED-A(+) Fn and B(+) Tn-C to CAV and CIF could be demonstrated. A relevant re-occurrence of ED-A(+) Fn and B(+) Tn-C following human heart transplantation could be demonstrated with spatial association to

  7. Impact of combined acute rejection on BK virus-associated nephropathy in kidney transplantation.

    Kim, Yoon Jung; Jeong, Jong Cheol; Koo, Tai Yeon; Kwon, Hyuk Yong; Han, Miyeun; Jeon, Hee Jung; Ahn, Curie; Yang, Jaeseok


    BK virus-associated nephropathy (BKVAN) is one of the major causes of allograft dysfunction in kidney transplant (KT) patients. We compared BKVAN combined with acute rejection (BKVAN/AR) with BKVAN alone in KT patients. We retrospectively analyzed biopsy-proven BKVAN in KT patients from 2000 to 2011 at Seoul National University Hospital. Among 414 biopsies from 951 patients, biopsy-proven BKVAN was found in 14 patients. Nine patients had BKVAN alone, while 5 patients had both BKVAN and acute cellular rejection. BKVAN in the BKVAN alone group was detected later than in BKVAN/AR group (21.77 vs 6.39 months after transplantation, P=0.03). Serum creatinine at diagnosis was similar (2.09 vs 2.00 mg/dL). Histological grade was more advanced in the BKVAN/AR group (P=0.034). Serum load of BKV, dose of immunosuppressants, and tacrolimus level showed a higher tendency in the BKVAN alone group; however it was not statistically significant. After anti-rejection therapy, immunosuppression was reduced in the BKVAN/AR group. Renal functional deterioration over 1 yr after BKVAN diagnosis was similar between the two groups (P=0.665). These findings suggest that the prognosis of BKVAN/AR after anti-rejection therapy followed by anti-BKV therapy might be similar to that of BKVAN alone after anti-BKV therapy.

  8. Cortical perfusion index: A predictor of acute rejection in transplanted kidneys

    Atkins, H.L.; Oster, Z.H.; Anaise, D.; Wein, S.; Waltzer, W.; Gonder, A.; Cooch, E.; Rapaport, F.T.


    The presently available non-invasive methods for the diagnosis of acute rejection crisis (ARC) of renal transplants are not satisfactory. However, the need for such a test is of paramount clinical importance. A prospective study of 74 post-transplantation events in renal allograft recipients was performed. Clinical, surgical exploration and biopsy data were correlated with TC-99m DTPA scintigraphy using the following indices: Global perfusion index (GPI), cortical perfusion index (CPI), medullary perfusion index (MPI), the peak-to-plateau ratio (P/P), iliac artery peak to renal peak time (delta-P) and washout half-time (T1/2). Of the 74 events, 24 were proven to be due to acute rejection crisis (ARC), 13 were of ureteral obstruction, 18 various nephropathies and 19 in stable renal transplant function. The P/P, delta-P and T1/2 were not good predictors of ARC; the sensitivity was 79%, 79% and 80% respectively. The sensitivity of the GPI was 58% and the specificity was 87%. The cortical perfusion index rated better: specificity=84% and sensitivity=87%. However, the best indicator of ARC seemed to be the percent increase in cortical perfusion index over previous values obtained during stable graft function. Thus the sensitivity was found to be 91% and specificity was 96%. The difference between global and cortical perfusion indices reflects shunting of blood for cortex to medulla. This study suggest that the cortical perfusion index (CPI) and the percent increase in CPI can be used to non-invasively diagnose acute renal allograft rejection.

  9. A common blood gene assay predates clinical and histological rejection in kidney and heart allografts.

    Sarwal, Minnie; Sigdel, Tara


    We assayed our recently defined blood gene panel, diagnostic for kidney and cardiac acute rejection (AR), for its ability to predict biopsy-confirmed renal and cardiac AR prior to clinical or histological AR detection. We utilized a subset of 63 patients from our recent studies with biopsy-confirmed AR (n=40 kidney AR, n=23 cardiacAR) who had paired blood samples collected within 6 months before and after AR. Blood samples were analyzed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (QPCR) for 10 genes, modeled across differing panels of 5 genes for kidney and heart AR to classify each sample with a quantitative prediction score for rejection. The performance accuracy of the 5-gene panels for AR were compared to the only commercially available QPCR blood assay (AlloMap). A blood gene-based molecular call for AR was made -3 months prior to the histological AR diagnosis in both kidney (92% predicted probability) and cardiac (80% predicted probability) transplant patients and outperformed the AlloMapTM blood test for accuracy and sensitivity [area under the curve (AUC)=0.917 for the kidney 5 genes and 0.915 for the cardiac 5 genes versus an AUC=0.72 for AlloMap]. Serial, posttransplant, targeted profiling of blood samples for a set of 10 genes provides a means to identify kidney and heart transplant recipients at high risk for graft dysfunction and, in the absence of immunosuppression customization, fated to advance to histological rejection and increased graft and patient morbidity.

  10. Nanoparticle Enhanced MRI Scanning to Detect Cellular Inflammation in Experimental Chronic Renal Allograft Rejection

    S. R. Alam


    Full Text Available Objectives. We investigated whether ultrasmall paramagnetic particles of iron oxide- (USPIO- enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI can detect experimental chronic allograft damage in a murine renal allograft model. Materials and Methods. Two cohorts of mice underwent renal transplantation with either a syngeneic isograft or allograft kidney. MRI scanning was performed prior to and 48 hours after USPIO infusion using T2∗-weighted protocols. R2∗ values were calculated to indicate the degree of USPIO uptake. Native kidneys and skeletal muscle were imaged as reference tissues and renal explants analysed by histology and electron microscopy. Results. R2∗ values in the allograft group were higher compared to the isograft group when indexed to native kidney (median 1.24 (interquartile range: 1.12 to 1.36 versus 0.96 (0.92 to 1.04, P<0.01. R2∗ values were also higher in the allograft transplant when indexed to skeletal muscle (6.24 (5.63 to 13.51 compared to native kidney (2.91 (1.11 to 6.46 P<0.05. Increased R2∗ signal in kidney allograft was associated with macrophage and iron staining on histology. USPIO were identified within tissue resident macrophages on electron microscopy. Conclusion. USPIO-enhanced MRI identifies macrophage.

  11. Preformed donor HLA-DP-specific antibodies mediate acute and chronic antibody-mediated rejection following renal transplantation.

    Jolly, E C; Key, T; Rasheed, H; Morgan, H; Butler, A; Pritchard, N; Taylor, C J; Clatworthy, M R


    Donor-specific HLA alloantibodies may cause acute and chronic antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and significantly compromise allograft survival. The clinical relevance of antibodies directed against some HLA class II antigens, particularly HLA-DP, is less clear with conflicting reports on their pathogenicity. We report two patients with high levels of pretransplant donor-specific HLA-DP antibodies who subsequently developed recurrent acute AMR and graft failure. In both cases, there were no other donor-specific HLA alloantibodies, suggesting that the HLA-DP-specific antibodies may be directly pathogenic.

  12. Technical aspects of mitral valve replacement with an allograft for acute bacterial endocarditis.

    Conklin, L D; Reardon, M J


    Mitral valve replacement with a mitral valve allograft is receiving a resurgence of interest. We discuss the technical aspects of this procedure as it applies to cases of acute bacterial endocarditis infecting the mitral valve.

  13. Changes of inducible protein-10 and regulated upon activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted protein in acute rejection of pancreas transplantation in rats

    Jun Zhu; Ze-Kuan Xu; Yi Miao; Xun-Liang Liu; Hong Zhang


    AIM: To investigate the role of IFN-γ inducible protein -10 (Ip-10) and regulated upon activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES) protein in acute pancreatic allograft rejection in rats.METHODS: An experimental pancreas transplantation model was established using diabetic SD rats as the recipient, induced by applying streptozocin (STZ).Pancreas transplantation was performed with a physiologic method of portal venous and enteric drainage. Rats were divided into two groups, isograft group (group A, n = 24) and allograft group (group B, n = 24) in which either healthy SD rats or Wistar rats served as donors, respectively. Twelve diabetic or healthy SD rats were used as controls. At d 1, 4, 7, and 10 post transplantation, serum IP-10 and RANTES were assessed by ELISA and their expression in the allografts was determined by immunohistochemistry.RESULTS: In group B (allograft group), the development of acute rejection was significantly correlated with increased serum concentration and tissue expression of IP-10 and RANTES, with a peak level at d 7 post transplantation. In contrast, there was no obvious change before and after transplantation in group A (isograft group).CONCLUSION: Our study suggests a possible role of IP-10 and RANTES in acute rejection and early monitoring of chemokines may be helpful in predicting the outcome of pancreas transplantation.

  14. Radionuclide surveillance of the allografted pancreas

    George, E.A.; Salimi, Z.; Carney, K.; Castaneda, M.; Garvin, P.J.


    To determine the value of scintigraphy to detect posttransplantation complications of the allografted pancreas, we retrospectively reviewed 209 scintigrams obtained with /sup 99m/Tc-sulfur colloid (/sup 99m/Tc-SC) and /sup 99m/Tc-glucoheptonate (/sup 99m/Tc-GH). The scintigraphic studies were performed in 37 recipients of simultaneous renal and pancreatic allografts harvested from the same donor. /sup 99m/Tc-SC was used as an indicator of thrombotic vasculitis; pancreatic perfusion and blood-pool parameters were monitored with /sup 99m/Tc-GH. In 11 of the 37 recipients, scintigraphic abnormalities suggested posttransplantation infarction. Recurrent episodes of acute rejection of the pancreatic allograft, which always coincided with acute rejection of the renal allograft, were monitored in 24 recipients. Rejection-induced ischemic pancreatitis was suggested in 12 of the 24 recipients and persisted in 10 recipients for several weeks after improvement of renal allograft rejection. Pancreatic atrophy was suggested scintigraphically in 16 of the 24 recipients with recurrent episodes of rejection. Spontaneous pancreatic-duct obstruction and obstructive pancreatitis were associated with a scintigraphic pattern similar to that of rejection-induced ischemic pancreatitis. We concluded that the specific radionuclides used in this series are useful for the surveillance and assessment of posttransplantation pancreatic infarction, acute rejection, pancreatitis, and atrophy

  15. Differentiation between Acute Skin Rejection in Allotransplantation and T-Cell Mediated Skin Inflammation Based on Gene Expression Analysis

    Dolores Wolfram


    Full Text Available Advances in microsurgical techniques and immunosuppressive medication have rendered transplantation of vascularized composite allografts possible, when autologous tissue is neither available nor sufficient for reconstruction. However, skin rejection and side effects of long-term immunosuppression still remain a major hurdle for wide adoption of this excellent reconstructive technique. Histopathologic changes during acute skin rejection in vascular composite allotransplantation often mimic inflammatory skin disorders and are hard to distinguish. Hence, the identification of diagnostic and therapeutic markers specific for skin rejection is of particular clinical need. Here we present novel markers allowing for early differentiation between rejection in hind limb allotransplantation and contact hypersensitivity. Assessment of Ccl7, Il18, and Il1b expression is most indicative of distinguishing skin rejection from skin inflammatory disorders. Gene expression levels varied significantly across skin types and regions, indicating localization specific mechanism of leukocyte migration and infiltration. Expression of Il12b, Il17a, and Il1b gene expression levels differed significantly between rejection and inflammation, independent of the skin type. In synopsis of the RNA expression profile and previously assessed protein expression, the Il1 family appears as a promising option for accurate skin rejection diagnosis and, as a following step, for development of novel rejection treatments.

  16. IL-17与Th17细胞在小鼠心脏移植急性排斥反应中的作用%Effect of interleukin-17 and T helper cell 17 on acute heart allograft rejection in mice

    司中洲; 吴建国; 贺志军; 李亭


    Objective To investigate the role of T helper cell 17 (Thl 7 ) cells and their cytokines IL-17 in heart allograft rejection in mice.Methods The heart transplantation models were randomly divided into 2 groups: a allograft group (n = 12) and an isograft group (n = 12).On the post-operative day (POD) 3 and 7, serum IL-17 level was tested by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and Th17 cells in heart grafts were measured by flow cytometry.The heart grafts were harvested and saved in 10% formalin, and then embedded in paraffin.Results Compared with the isograft group, the allograft group had a higher serum level of IL-17 on POD3 and POD7 (P <0.05),and the level of IL-17 was higher on POD7 than that on POD3 (P <0.05 ).The allograft group had more Th17 cells infiltrating in grafts on POD3 and POD7 (P < 0.05 ) and there were more Th17 cells infiltrating on POD7 than that on POD3 (P < 0.05 ).Histological examination showed that the prolongation of post transplantation time resulted in more rejection pathological changes.Conclusion Th17 cells may play an important role in the development of heart transplant rejection.IL-17 may serve as a predictive parameter for allograft rejection in the future.%目的:研究辅助T细胞17(T helper cell 17,Th17)细胞及其相关因子白细胞介素17(interleukin-17,IL-17)在小鼠心脏移植排斥反应中的表达及意义.方法:建立小鼠心脏移植模型,实验动物随机分为急性排斥反应组(n=12)和同系移植组(n=12),应用酶联免疫吸附实验(enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay,ELISA)分别检测2组小鼠移植术后第3天和第7天血清中IL-17的含量;应用流式细胞技术检测移植心脏中浸润淋巴细胞中Th17细胞数量,并取移植心脏经10%甲醛固定后行常规病理检查.结果:急性排斥反应组术后第3天及第7天血清中IL-17表达明显高于同系移植组(P<0.05),且急性排斥反应组术后第7天IL-17表达明显高于第3天(P<0.05);与同系移植组相比,

  17. Use of local allograft irradiation following renal transplantation

    Halperin, E.C.; Delmonico, F.L.; Nelson, P.W.; Shipley, W.U.; Cosimi, A.B.


    Over a 10 year period, 67 recipients of 71 renal allografts received graft irradiation following the diagnosis of rejection. The majority of kidneys were treated with a total dose of 600 rad, 150 rad per fraction, in 4 daily fractions. Fifty-three kidneys were irradiated following the failure of standard systemic immunosuppression and maximally tolerated antirejection measures to reverse an episode of acute rejection. Twenty-two (42%) of these allografts were noted to have stable (i.e. no deterioration) or improved function 1 month following the treatment with irradiation. Eleven (21%) of these allografts maintained function 1 year following transplantation. Biopsies were obtained of 41 allografts. Of the 24 renal allografts with predominantly cellular rejection, 10 (42%) had the process reversed or stabilized at 1 month following irradiation. Five (21%) of these allografts were functioning at 1 year following irradiation. Rejection was reversed or stabilized in 6 of 17 (35%) allografts at 1 month when the histologic features of renal biopsy suggested predominantly vascular rejection. Local graft irradiation has helped maintain a limited number of allografts in patients whose rejection has failed to respond to systemic immunosuppression. Irradiation may also benefit patients with ongoing rejection in whom further systemic immunosuppression is contra-indicated.

  18. A novel cardioprotective agent in cardiac transplantation: metformin activation of AMP-activated protein kinase decreases acute ischemia-reperfusion injury and chronic rejection.

    Chin, Jocelyn T; Troke, Joshua J; Kimura, Naoyuki; Itoh, Satoshi; Wang, Xi; Palmer, Owen P; Robbins, Robert C; Fischbein, Michael P


    The main cause of mortality after the first year from cardiac transplantation is cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV), which leads to chronic rejection of the heart. To improve long-term outcomes in cardiac transplantation, treatments to prevent or diminish CAV are actively being researched. Ischemia-reperfusion (I-R) injury has been shown to be the strongest alloantigen-independent factor in the development of CAV. Here, we investigate the use of metformin in murine cardiac transplantation models as a novel cardioprotective agent to limit acute I-R injury and subsequent chronic rejection. We show that metformin treatment activates AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) in vitro and in vivo. In the acute transplantation model, metformin activation of AMPK resulted in significantly decreased apoptosis in cardiac allografts on postoperative day (POD) 1 and 8. In the chronic transplantation model, metformin pretreatment of allografts led to significantly improved graft function and significantly decreased CAV, as measured on POD 52. Taken together, our results in the acute and chronic rejection studies suggest a potential cardioprotective mechanism for metformin; we demonstrate a correlation between metformin-induced decrease in acute I-R injury and metformin-related decrease in chronic rejection. Thus, one of the ways by which metformin and AMPK activation may protect the transplanted heart from chronic rejection is by decreasing initial I-R injury inherent in donor organ preservation and implantation. Our findings suggest novel therapeutic strategies for minimizing chronic cardiac rejection via the use of metformin- and AMPK-mediated pathways to suppress acute I-R injury.

  19. Interleukin-12 (IL-12p70 promotes induction of highly potent Th1-like CD4+CD25+T regulatory cells that inhibit allograft rejection in unmodified recipients.

    Nirupama Darshan Verma


    Full Text Available In rat models, CD4+CD25+T regulatory cells (Treg play a key role in the induction and maintenance of antigen specific transplant tolerance, especially in DA rats with PVG cardiac allografts(1, 2. We have previously described generation of alloantigen specific Treg (Ts1, by culture of naïve natural CD4+CD25+ Treg (nTreg with specific alloantigen and IL-2 for 4 days. These cells express mRNA for IFN-γ receptor (ifngr and suppress donor but not third party cardiac allograft rejection mediated by alloreactive CD4+T cells at ratios of We induced highly suppressive Th1-like Treg from naïve nTreg in 7 days by culture with alloantigen, first with rIL-2 then with rIL-12p70. These Th1-like Treg delayed specific-donor allograft rejection demonstrating therapeutic potential

  20. Blockade of T-lymphocyte KCa3.1 and Kv1.3 channels as novel immunosuppression strategy to prevent kidney allograft rejection

    Grgic, I; Wulff, H; Eichler, I;


    -lymphocyte activity. We investigated whether combined blockade of the T-cell K(+) channels K(Ca)3.1 and K(v)1.3, both of which regulate calcium signaling during lymphocyte activation, is effective in prevention of rejection of kidney allografts from Fisher rats to Lewis rats. All recipients were initially treated...

  1. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole induced acute interstitial nephritis in renal allografts; clinical course and outcome.

    Garvey, J P


    Acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) secondary to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) is well documented as a cause of acute renal failure in native kidneys. TMP-SMX is the standard prophylactic agent against pneumocystis carinii (PCP) used in the early post-transplant period, however, it has to date only been indirectly associated with AIN in renal allografts. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENTS: We describe eleven renal transplant patients with acute allograft dysfunction in whom a transplant biopsy demonstrated primary histopathologic features of allergic AIN, all of whom were receiving TMP-SMX in addition to other medications known to cause AIN.

  2. Effect of the Multiglycoside of Tripterygium Wilfordii Hookf.(Tii)on Cornea Allograft Rejection Model in Rabbit

    ZhijieLi; ChenLi


    Purpose:Toexamine the effect of Tii treatment of cornea graft survival in a rab-bit model.Methods:Tii was administrated orally after eccentrical corneal transplantation.Survival times were determined by biomicroscopy.Cytotoxic T lymphocytes(CTL)and delayed-type hypersensitivity(DTH)responses to donor alloantigens were assessed at ady 16after heterotopic corneal grafts.Results:Administration of Tii reduced the incidence and prologed the graft sur-vival time.Both CTLand DTH responses to donor alloantigens were severely ed-pressed in hosts treated with Tii.However,combination of Tii and cyclosporine further enhanced the immunosuppressive effects described above.Conclusions:Tii is a potent immunosuppressant with the ability to prolong allo-graft survival in the rabbit penetrating keratoplasty model and may have coordi-native effects with CsA through different mechanisms.Further studies are neces-sary to define any potentially coordinative role in the prevention of allograft rejec-tion in human keratoplasty.Eye Science 1995;11:168-172.

  3. Pretransplant identification of acute rejection risk following kidney transplantation

    Y. Lebranchu (Yvon); C.C. Baan (Carla); L. Biancone (Luigi); C. Legendre (Christophe); J.M. Morales (José Maria); L. Naesens; O. Thomusch (Oliver); P. Friend (Peter)


    textabstractLack of an accepted definition for 'high immunological risk' hampers individualization of immunosuppressive therapy after kidney transplantation. For recipient-related risk factors for acute rejection, the most compelling evidence points to younger age and African American ethnicity. Rec


    V. N. Poptsov


    Full Text Available Introduction. Acute antibody-mediated rejection (AMR is one of the severe complications of early and late period after heart transplantation (HT. Only few case reports and studies presented of mechanical circulatory support (MCS application for refractory acute rejection causing hemodynamic compromise. Aim. We report the case of a woman with cardiogenic shock caused by severe AMR that was successfully treatment by peripheral venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO. Material and methods. In december 2014, a 60-year-old woman with dilated cardiomyopathy was operated for HT. The patient had a good initial cardiac allograft function and no and was discharged from ICU on the 4th day after HT. 1st endomyocardial biopsy (EMB (the 7th day after HT showed absence of acute cellular and antibody-mediated rejection. On the 11th day after HT patient aggravated and presented clinical signs of life-threatening acute cardiac allograft dysfunction: arterial blood pressure 78/49/38 mm Hg, HR 111 in min, CVP 20 mm Hg, PAP 47/34/25 mm Hg, PCWP 25 mm Hg, CI 1.5 l/min/m2, adrenalin 110 ng/kg/min, dopamine 15 mcg/kg/min. ECG showed impairment of systolic left (LVEF 25% and right (RVEF 15% ventricle function, left and right ventricle diffuse hypokinesis, thickness of IVS, LV and RV wall 1.7, 1.4 and 0.8 cm, tricuspid and mitral valve regurgitation 2–3 degrees. EMB presented AMR. In conscience peripheral VA ECMO was installed. We used peripheral transcutaneous cannulation technique via femoral vessels – arterial cannula 15 F, venous cannula – 23 F, vascular catheter 14 G for anterograde leg’s perfusion. ACT 130–150 sec. AMR therapy included: methylprednisolon pulse-therapy (10 mg/kg for 5 day, IgG, plasmapheresis (No 7, rituximab. Results. Under MCS by VA ECMO we noted quick improvement of hemodynamic, metabolic homeostasis and organ functions. On the 6th day of VA ECMO (blood flow 1.8 l/min: arterial blood pressure 133/81/54 mm Hg, CVP 5 mm

  5. Cortex perfusion index: a sensitive detector of acute rejection crisis in transplanted kidneys

    Anaise, D.; Oster, Z.H.; Atkins, H.L.; Arnold, A.N.; Weis, S.; Waltzer, W.C.; Rapaport, F.T.


    Damage to the renal cortical microcirculation, an early event in the course of acute rejection crisis (ARC), usually precedes measurable functional derangements in the transplanted kidney. Direct assessment of cortical blood flow by radionuclide renography may provide a sensitive and reliable index to the diagnosis of ARC, with particular regard to the differential diagnosis of ARC and ATN. Computer generated time-activity curves of global, cortical, and medullary renal blood flow were analyzed in 67 instances (35 patients) of renal allograft dysfunction and correlated with needle biopsy of these kidneys. No increase in cortex perfusion index (CPI), i.e., decrease in cortical perfusion, was found when the patients were suffering from ureteral obstruction or drug and viral nephropathy (mean perfusion index (PI) increase (8%). In contrast, a marked increase in CPI of 193% was noted in ARC. Global and medullary PI increased only 116%. As a result, global and medullary PI were capable of diagnosing ARC in only 73% and 55% of the cases, respectively, whereby cortex PI correctly diagnosed ARC in 94% of the cases. Selective analysis of cortical perfusion may thus enhance the accuracy of (99mTc)DTPA scans (radionuclide renograph) for the early detection of ARC and in differentiating ARC from nonimmunological causes of kidney allograft dysfunction.

  6. The amelioration of composite tissue allograft rejection by TIM-3-modified dendritic cell: Regulation of the balance of regulatory and effector T cells.

    Wang, Yaojun; Zheng, Zhao; Zhu, Xiongxiang; Han, Juntao; Dong, Maolong; Tao, Ke; Wang, Hongtao; Wang, Yunchuan; Hu, Dahai


    T cell-dependent immune responses play a central role in allograft rejection. Exploring ways to disarm alloreactive T cells represents a potential strategy to promote long-term allograft acceptance and survival. T cell Ig domain and mucin domain 3 (TIM-3) has previously been demonstrated as a central regulator of T helper 1 (Th1) responses and immune tolerance. Hence, TIM-3 may be an important molecule for decreasing immunological rejection during composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA). In this study, BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice were chosen as the experimental animals. The effects of TIM-3 on allograft rejection were explored using TIM-3-modified mature dendritic cells (TIM-3 mDCs). A laser speckle blood flow (LSBF) imager was used to evaluate blood distribution of the BALB/c mice. ELISA, MTT, ELISPOT assays and flow cytometry analysis were carried out for further researches. We found that TIM-3 could obviously prolong the survival time of the transplanted limbs. And TIM-3 could mitigate the immune response and thus enhance immune tolerance after CTA. Also, TIM-3 can induce lymphocyte hyporesponsiveness, including facilitating lymphocyte apoptosis, decreasing lymphocyte proliferation, and influencing the secretion of inflammatory cytokines by CD4(+) T cells. Furthermore, TIM-3 overexpression could induce CD4(+) T cells to differentiate into regulatory T cells (Tregs), which recalibrate the effector and regulatory arms of the alloimmune response. In summary, we concluded that TIM-3 can mitigate allograft rejection and thus enhance immune tolerance by inducing lymphocyte hyporesponsiveness and increasing the number of Tregs of the alloimmune response. TIM-3 may be a potential therapeutic molecule for allograft rejection in CTA.

  7. Combined HLA matched limbal stem cells allograft with amniotic membrane transplantation as a prophylactic surgical procedure to prevent corneal graft rejection after penetrating keratoplasty: case report

    Paolo Capozzi


    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine if the use of combined HLA matched limbal stem cells allograft with amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT is a safe and effective prophylactic surgical procedure to prevent corneal graft after penetrating keratoplasty (PK. Methods. We report the case of a 17 years old patient with a history of congenital glaucoma, trabeculectomy and multiple corneal graft rejections, presenting total limbal cell deficiency. To reduce the possibility of graft rejection in the left eye after a new PK, a two step procedure was performed. At first the patient underwent a combined HLA matched limbal stem cells allograft (LAT and AMT and then, 10 months later, a new PK. Results. During 12 months of follow-up, the corneal graft remained stable and smooth, with no sign of graft rejection. Conclusions. In our patient, the prophylactic use of LAT from HLA-matched donors and AMT before PK, may result in a better prognosis of corneal graft survival.

  8. Pretransplant identification of acute rejection risk following kidney transplantation.

    Lebranchu, Yvon; Baan, Carla; Biancone, Luigi; Legendre, Christophe; Morales, José Maria; Naesens, Maarten; Thomusch, Oliver; Friend, Peter


    Lack of an accepted definition for 'high immunological risk' hampers individualization of immunosuppressive therapy after kidney transplantation. For recipient-related risk factors for acute rejection, the most compelling evidence points to younger age and African American ethnicity. Recipient gender, body mass, previous transplantation, and concomitant infection or disease do not appear to be influential. Deceased donation now has only a minor effect on rejection risk, but older donor age remains a significant predictor. Conventional immunological markers (human leukocyte antigen [HLA] mismatching, pretransplant anti-HLA alloantibodies, and panel reactive antibodies) are being reassessed in light of growing understanding about the role of donor-specific antibodies (DSA). At the time of transplant, delayed graft function is one of the most clear-cut risk factors for acute rejection. Extended cold ischemia time (≥ 24 h) may also play a contributory role. While it is not yet possible to establish conclusively the relative contribution of different risk factors for acute rejection after kidney transplantation, the available data point to variables that should be taken into account at the time of transplant. Together, these offer a realistic basis for planning an appropriate immunosuppression regimen in individual patients.

  9. Using intramyocardial electrograms combined with other noninvasive methods for monitoring acute rejection following human heart transplantation

    JIA Yi-xin; MENG Xu; SUN Ling-bo; HAN Jie; CHEN Yang-tian


    Background Acute allograft rejection in heart transplantation remains as one of the major complications. Obligatory graft surveillance is still achieved with the invasive and expensive endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). Our study aimed to study the use of intramyocardial electrograms combined with other noninvasive methods for the monitoring of acute rejection after human heart transplantation. Methods Permanent pacemakers were implanted in 58 patients undergoing heart transplantations. Intramyocardial electrograms (IMEG) were recorded periodically and the results were compared with those from EMBs. The R wave amplitude of the IMEG was used as the index value, the average R wave amplitude at the third week following transplantation was considered as the baseline, and a reduction of >20% compared with the baseline was regarded as a positive result. EMB was performed in cases of positive IMEG results and also at other times. Other noninvasive methods were used to help the diagnosis. Acute rejection (AR) was defined as international Society of Heart-Lung Transplantation grade Ilia or higher.Results We obtained 1231 IMEG records and 127 EMBs. Of the total 127 EMBs, 53 were positive, in which there were 42 IMEG positive results and 11 negative, while in the rest 74 negative EMBs, there were 9 IMEG positive results and 65 negative. The sensitivity of IMEG for the diagnosis of AR was 79.2%, and the specificity was 87.8%. The positive predictive value was 82.4% and the negative predictive value was 85.5%. Of the total of 1231 IMEG records, 51 were positive and 1180 were negative. Excluding 11 proved by EMB to be false negative, if the other 1169 were considered as no evidence of rejection, through the other noninvasive methods, AR diagnosed by this noninvasive monitoring strategy, the sensitivity was 79.2%, and the specificity was 99.2%. The positive predictive value was 82.4% and the negative predictive value was 99.1%. Conclusions IMEG can be used as a noninvasive method for




    Airway damage resulting in bronchiolitis obliterans occurs frequently in patients after heart-lung and lung transplantation. Generally, chronic rejection is assumed to be the most important cause of bronchiolitis obliterans. However, viral infections might also be potential causes of airway damage a

  11. Effects of Acute Cytomegalovirus Infection on Rat Islet Allograft Survival

    Smelt, M. J.; Faas, M. M.; Melgert, B. N.; de Vos, P.; de Haan, Bart; de Haan, Aalzen


    Transplantation of pancreatic islets is a promising therapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus. However, long-term islet graft survival rates are still unsatisfactory low. In this study we investigated the role of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in islet allograft failure. STZ-diabetic rats receive

  12. Comparison of the Th1, IFN-γ secreting cells and FoxP3 expression between patients with stable graft function and acute rejection post kidney transplantation.

    Nazari, Banafsheh; Amirzargar, Aliakbar; Nikbin, Behrouz; Nafar, Mohsen; Ahmadpour, Pedram; Einollahi, Behzad; Lesan Pezeshki, Mahboob; Khatami, Seyyed Mohammad Reza; Ansaripour, Bita; Nikuinejad, Hassan; Mohamadi, Fatemeh; Mahmoudi, Mahdi; Soltani, Samaneh; Nicknam, Mohammad Hossein


    There are limited clinical investigations identifying the percentage of T helper 1 (Th1) and T regulatory (Treg) cells in stable as well as rejected kidney allografts, a concept which needs to be more studied. The aim of our study was to compare the percentage of CD4+ IFN-γ+ cells, the number of IFN-γ secreting cells and the amount of FoxP3 expression in patients with or without stable graft function, to determine the roles of these immunological factors in stable and rejected renal allografts. In this prospective study, 3 months after transplantation 30 patients who received renal transplants from unrelated living donors were enrolled and divided into two groups, 20 patients with stable graft function and 10 patients with biopsy proven acute rejection. The percentage of Th1 CD4+ IFN-γ+ cells was determined on PBMC by flow cytometry and the number of IFN-γ secreting cells by ELISPOT method. Furthermore, FoxP3 expression of PBMCs was measured by Real Time PCR method. The results of these assessments in both groups were statistically analyzed by SPSS 14.0. Our results showed that the percentage of Th1 CD4+ IFN-γ+ cells and the number of IFN-γ secreting cells were significantly higher in the patients with acute rejection in comparison to the stable graft function group (p<0.001). In addition, the level of FoxP3 gene expression was higher in the group with stable graft compared to the acute rejection group. The higher percentage of CD4+ IFN-γ+Th1 subset and number of IFN-γ secreting cells and also the lower expression of Foxp3 could prone the patients to acute rejection episode post transplantation. By these preliminary data, it is suggested that monitoring of Th1 cells post transplantation, as an immunologic marker could predict the possibility of rejection episodes.

  13. Comparison of the Th1, IFN-γ secreting cells and FoxP3 expression between patients with stable graft function and acute rejection post kidney transplantation.

    Banafsheh Nazari


    Full Text Available There are limited clinical investigations identifying the percentage of T helper 1 (Th1 and T regulatory (Treg cells in stable as well as rejected kidney allografts, a concept which needs to be more studied. The aim of our study was to compare the percentage of CD4+ IFN-γ+ cells, the number of IFN-γ secreting cells and the amount of FoxP3 expression in patients with or without stable graft function, to determine the roles of these immunological factors in stable and rejected renal allografts. In this prospective study, 3 months after transplantation 30 patients who received renal transplants from unrelated living donors were enrolled and divided into two groups, 20 patients with stable graft function and 10 patients with biopsy proven acute rejection. The percentage of Th1 CD4+ IFN-γ+ cells was determined on PBMC by flow cytometry and the number of IFN-γ secreting cells by ELISPOT method. Furthermore, FoxP3 expression of PBMCs was measured by Real Time PCR method. The results of these assessments in both groups were statistically analyzed by SPSS 14.0. Our results showed that the percentage of Th1 CD4+ IFN-γ+ cells and the number of IFN-γ secreting cells were significantly higher in the patients with acute rejection in comparison to the stable graft function group (p<0.001. In addition, the level of FoxP3 gene expression was higher in the group with stable graft compared to the acute rejection group. The higher percentage of CD4+ IFN-γ+Th1 subset and number of IFN-γ secreting cells and also the lower expression of Foxp3 could prone the patients to acute rejection episode post transplantation. By these preliminary data, it is suggested that monitoring of Th1 cells post transplantation, as an immunologic marker could predict the possibility of rejection episodes.

  14. Assessment of sub-clinical acute cellular rejection after heart transplantation: comparison of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and endomyocardial biopsy

    Krieghoff, Christian; Hildebrand, Lysann; Grothoff, Matthias; Lehmkuhl, Lukas; Luecke, Christian; Andres, Claudia; Nitzsche, Stefan; Riese, Franziska; Gutberlet, Matthias [University Leipzig - Heart Centre, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Leipzig (Germany); Barten, Markus J.; Strueber, Martin; Mohr, Friedrich Wilhelm [University Leipzig - Heart Centre, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Leipzig (Germany)


    Comparing the diagnostic value of multi-sequential cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) with endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) for sub-clinical cardiac allograft rejection. One hundred and forty-six examinations in 73 patients (mean age 53 ± 12 years, 58 men) were performed using a 1.5 Tesla system and compared to EMB. Examinations included a STIR (short tau inversion recovery) sequence for calculation of edema ratio (ER), a T1-weighted spin-echo sequence for assessment of global relative enhancement (gRE), and inversion-recovery sequences to visualize late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Histological grade ≥1B was considered relevant rejection. One hundred and twenty-seven (127/146 = 87 %) EMBs demonstrated no or mild signs of rejection (grades ≤1A) and 19/146 (13 %) a relevant rejection (grade ≥1B). Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive, and negative predictive values were as follows: ER: 63 %, 78 %, 30 %, and 93 %; gRE: 63 %, 70 %, 24 %, and 93 %; LGE: 68 %, 36 %, 13 %, and 87 %; with the combination of ER and gRE with at least one out of two positive: 84 %, 57 %, 23 %, and 96 %. ROC analysis revealed an area under the curve of 0.724 for ER and 0.659 for gRE. CMR parameters for myocarditis are useful to detect sub-clinical acute cellular rejection after heart transplantation. Comparable results to myocarditis can be achieved with a combination of parameters. (orig.)

  15. Fast and slow methylators: do racial differences influence risk of allograft rejection?

    Chocair, P R; Duley, J A; Sabbaga, E; Arap, S; Simmonds, H A; Cameron, J S


    A catabolic route for azathioprine involving methylation by thiopurine methyltransferase has been directly implicated in the drug's immunosuppressive efficacy. Since ethnic differences in thiopurine methyltransferase activity have been reported in a study of Lapps, this study compared the distribution of thiopurine methyltransferase activity in erythrocyte lysates from 134 healthy, randomly selected subjects living in Brazil, comprising 39 blacks (i.e. Afro-Brazilians), 33 white subjects, 30 mixed-race subjects, and 32 Brazilian-residing Japanese subjects. The results demonstrated bimodality of thiopurine methyltransferase activity compatible with genetic polymorphism in the white, black and mixed-race groups, but not in the Japanese, who were homogeneously 'fast methylators' (high thiopurine methyltransferase activity). Thiopurine methyltransferase activity was generally higher in Brazilian males than females, and some individuals in the black and mixed-race groups had very high activity. Azathioprine-immunosuppressed transplant patients with thiopurine methyltransferase activity above 35 pmol/h/mgHb have previously been shown to have significantly poorer outcomes. Using this thiopurine methyltransferase value as the cut-off point between 'poor responders' and 'good responders' to azathioprine, 65% of the Japanese, 59% of the black subjects, and 63% of the mixed-race subjects fell into the 'poor responder' category, compared with only 42% of the white group. Interestingly, this approximately 20% difference in azathioprine response corresponds to the racial differences seen in allograft survival.

  16. Allograft rejection-related gene expression in the endothelial cells of renal transplantation recipients after cytomegalovirus infection

    Yang LI; Jun HOU; Hang YAN; Wu-jun XUE; Pu-xun TIAN; Xiao-ming DING; Xiao-ming PAN; Xin-shun FENG; Xiao-hui TIAN; He-li XIANG


    Objective: To explore the effects of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection on rejection-related gene expression in the endothelial cells of renal transplantation recipients. Methods: Endothelial cells (ECs) were cultured and stimulated by a variety of factors: A, normal control group; B, inactivated human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection group; C, HCMV infection group; D, HCMV supematant infection group; and E, ganciclovir HCMV group. Expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and major histocompability complex (MHC) class Ⅰ and class Ⅱ antigens was detected by flow cytometry (FCM) and immuno-histochemistry. Results: We found characteristic CMV-infected ECs in this study. There were no significant differences among groups A, B and D (P>0.05). Although the expression levels of ICAM-1 were not significantly different between groups C and E (P>0.05), the ICAM-1 expression in these two groups was significantly higher than that in group A (P0.05). Human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-ABC expression was detected in all the groups, while HLA-DR expression was only detected in groups C and E. There were no significant dif-ferences of HLA-ABC and HLA-DR expression among groups A, B and D (P>0.05). However, the HLA-ABC and HLA-DR expression levels in groups C and D were higher than those of the remaining groups previously reported (P<0.05). Meanwhile, the HLA-ABC and HLA-DR expression levels in group E were lower than those of group C (P<0.05). Conclusion: CMV could up-regulate the expression levels of ICAM-1 and MHC antigens, which was closely related to allograft rejection.

  17. Late-onset acute rejection after living donor liver transplantation

    Nobuhisa Akamatsu; Yasuhiko Sugawara; Sumihito Tamura; Junichi Keneko; Yuichi Matsui; Kiyoshi Hasegawa; Masatoshi Makuuchi


    AIM: To investigate the incidence and risk factors of late-onset acute rejection (LAR) and to clarify the effectiveness of our immunosuppressive regime consisting of life-long administration of tacrolimus and steroids.METHODS: Adult living donor liver transplantation recipients (n = 204) who survived more than 6 mo after living donor liver transplantation were enrolled.Immunosuppression was achieved using tacrolimus and methylprednisolone. When adverse effects of tacrolimus were detected, the patient was switched to cyclosporine. Six months after transplantation,tacrolimus or cyclosporine was carefully maintained at a therapeutic level. The methylprednisolone dosage was maintained at 0.05 mg/kg per day by oral administration.Acute rejections that occurred more than 6 mo after the operation were defined as late-onset. The median followup period was 34 mo.RESULTS: LAR was observed in 15 cases (7%) and no chronic rejection was observed. The incidence of hyperlipidemia, chronic renal failure, new-onset posttransplantation diabetes, and deep fungal infection were 13%, 2%, 24%, and 17%, respectively. Conversion from tacrolimus to cyclosporine was required in 38 patients (19%). Multivariate analysis revealed that a cyclosporinebased regimen was significantly associated with LAR.CONCLUSION: Both LAR and drug-induced adverse events happen at a low incidence, supporting the safety and efficacy of the present immunosuppression regimen for living donor liver transplantation.

  18. Anti-T-cell antibodies for the treatment of acute rejection after renal transplantation.

    Hoogen, M.W.F. van den; Hoitsma, A.J.; Hilbrands, L.B.


    INTRODUCTION: Given the central role of T cells in the alloimmune response, anti-T-cell antibodies retain a prominent place in the treatment of renal allograft rejection. During the past decades, many anti-T-cell antibodies have emerged and subsequently left the field of solid organ transplantation,

  19. Clinical and pathological analysis of acute rejection following orthotopic liver transplantation

    MA Yi; WANG Guo-dong; HE Xiao-shun; LI Jun-liang; ZHU Xiao-feng; HU Rui-de


    Background Acute rejection is one of the most important factors for prognosis following liver transplantation. With the use of potent immunosuppressants, acute rejection does not always present typical manifestations. Moreover, other complications often occur concomitantly after liver transplantation, which makes early diagnosis of acute rejection more difficult. Acute rejection is best diagnosed by liver biopsy. Differentiation of clinical manifestations and pathological features plays an important role in achieving individualized immunosuppressive treatment and prolonging long term survival of patients given orthotopic liver transplants.Methods From January 2004 to December 2006, 516 orthotopic liver transplantations were performed at the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University. For patients who suffered acute rejection, clinical manifestations, histopathological features, diagnosis and anti-rejection treatment were summarized and analyzed. Results In 86 cases (16.7%), of the 516 recipients, 106 episodes of acute rejection occurred, which included 9 with histopathological borderline changes, 36 Banff Ⅰ rejections, 48 Banff Ⅱ and 13 Banff Ⅲ. Among these, 36 were cured by adjusting the dose of immunosuppressant and 65 were reversed by methylprednisolone pulse treatment. Five were methylprednisolone resistant, 3 of whom were given OKT3 treatment and 2 underwent liver retransplantation. Conclusions Due to potent immunosuppressive agents, acute rejection following an orthotopic liver transplantation lacks typical clinical manifestations and pathological features. Acute rejection is best diagnosed by liver biopsy. Designing rational individualized immunosuppressive regimen based on clinical and pathological features of acute rejection plays an important role in prolonging long term survival of patients.

  20. Role of mobile passenger lymphocytes in the rejection of renal and cardiac allografts in the rat. A passenger lymphocyte-mediated graft-versus-host reaction amplifies the host response

    van Vrieshilfgaarde, R.; Hermans, P.; Terpstra, J.L.; van Breda Viresman, P.J.


    It is demonstrated that passenger lymphocytes migrate out of rat renal allografts into host spleens in a radioresistant fashion. These mobile passenger lymphocytes within BN kidney and heart transplants are immunocompetent, since they elicit a graft-versus-host (GVH) reaction in the spleens of (LEW x BN)F2 hybrid hosts. The greater GVH reaction in (LEW x BN)F1 recipients of BN kidneys reflects the greater number of mobile passenger lymphocytes in the kidney when compared to the heart. The mobile passenger lymphocytes within BN renal allografts also cause a proliferative response in the spleens of the LEW hosts as well as an accelerated rejection of BN renal allografts when compared to BN cardiac allografts, for the differences between BN kidney and heart, both in terms of splenomegaly elicited in LEW as well as tempo of rejection, are abolished by total body x-irradiation of the donor with 900 rad. Results indicate that a mobile passenger lymphocyte mediated GVH reaction in the central lymphoid organs of the host augments the host response to allogenic kidneys and contributes materially to first-set renal allograft rejection; this GVH reaction on the other hand is not conspicuously present in LEW recipients of BN cardiac allografts and has therefore little effect on first-set cardiac allograft rejection.

  1. Preferential accumulation of T helper cells but not cytotoxic T cells characterizes benign subclinical rejection of human liver allografts.

    Baumann, Anna K; Schlue, Jerome; Noyan, Fatih; Hardtke-Wolenski, Matthias; Lehner, Frank; Barg-Hock, Hannelore; Klempnauer, Juergen; Manns, Michael P; Taubert, Richard; Jaeckel, Elmar


    Subclinical rejection (SCR) is a common event in protocol biopsies after liver transplantation (LT). So far the interpretation of the underlying histological changes and clinical significance is limited. Previous studies were restricted to SCR manifestations within the first weeks after transplantation with limited follow-up. We analyzed clinical data from our prospective protocol biopsy program and found late SCR (at least 3 months after transplantation) to be a common event (41/94 patients). SCR manifested much later than acute cellular rejection (ACR). In the second year after transplantation, the SCR incidence in protocol biopsies reached a plateau of approximately 25% and remained at this level until the latest observed manifestations more than 5 years after transplantation. During a median follow-up of 32 months after SCR, no acute or chronic rejection, relevant graft fibrosis, graft loss, or liver-related death occurred even without specific therapy for SCR. Immunophenotyping of liver biopsies during SCR showed that similar to ACR, the composition of intrahepatic T cells depended on the severity of histological rejection. However, SCR showed a different pattern of infiltrating T cells with a stronger accumulation of CD4(+) cells, an increasing CD4(+) /CD8(+) ratio, and an increasing CD4(+) forkhead box P3 (FOXP3)(+) regulatory T cell (Treg)/CD8(+) ratio, which was not seen in ACR. These intrahepatic T cell patterns were not reflected in the peripheral blood. In conclusion, late SCR after LT has a good clinical prognosis, and it seems safe to leave it untreated. This benign clinical course compared to ACR is associated with intrahepatic T cell infiltration patterns showing less cytotoxic T cells and more CD4(+) FOXP3(+) Tregs. Liver Transplantation 22 943-955 2016 AASLD.

  2. The significance of cytologic examination of urine in the diagnosis of renal allograft dysfunction

    Tatomirović Željka


    Full Text Available Background. This paper presents our experience with cytologic examination of urine in diagnosing renal allograft dysfunction. Methods. The study group included 23 patients with renal allograft dysfunction, selected from 56 patients who underwent renal transplantation. Etiologic diagnosis was made according to the clinical picture, histological findings during allograft biopsy, and cytologic examination of urine. Urine sediment was obtained in cytocentrifuge and was air dried and stained with May Grunwald Giemsa. Results. Out of 23 patients with allograft dysfunction in 18 (78.3% patient it was caused by acute rejection, and in 5 (8.9% patients by allograft infarction, cyclosporine nephrotoxicity, acute tubular necrosis and chronic nephropathy. In eighteen patients (78.3% cytologic examination of urine was pathologic, while in 16 (70% clinical and histology findings coincided with urine cytology findings. Out of 18 patients with acute allograft rejection in 15 patients cytologic examination of urine coincided with acute rejection. Out of 7 patients with expressed cyclosporine nephrotoxicity, in 5 cytologic examination of urine confirmed the cause of allograft dysfunction, as well as in one of 2 patients with acute tubular necrosis. Cytologic examination of urine indicated parenchymal damage in 2 patients with reccurent disease (membranoproliferative and focal sclerosing glomerulonephritis. In 4 of 5 patients suffering from chronic rejection in a year’s monitoring period, urine sediment periodically consisted of lymphocytes, neutrophilic leucocytes, monocyte/macrophages, tubular cells and cilindres, without the predominance of any cell type. In 3 patients allograft dysfunction was caused by infective agents (bacteria, fungus cytomegalovirus. Conclusion. Cytologic examination of urine might be an alternative to histological in diagnosing acute allograft rejection and acute tubular necrosis or nephtotoxicity. Also it might indicate parenchymal

  3. Allograft loss from acute Page kidney secondary to trauma after kidney transplantation

    Takahashi, Kazuhiro; Prashar, Rohini; Putchakayala, Krishna G; Kane, William J; Denny, Jason E; Kim, Dean Y; Malinzak, Lauren E


    We report a rare case of allograft loss from acute Page kidney secondary to trauma that occurred 12 years after kidney transplantation. A 67-year-old Caucasian male with a past surgical history of kidney transplant presented to the emergency department at a local hospital with left lower abdominal tenderness. He recalled that his cat, which weighs 15 lbs, jumped on his abdomen 7 d prior. On physical examination, a small tender mass was noticed at the incisional site of the kidney transplant. He was producing a normal amount of urine without hematuria. His serum creatinine level was slightly elevated from his baseline. Computer tomography revealed a large subscapular hematoma around the transplant kidney. The patient was observed to have renal trauma grade II at the hospital over a period of three days, and he was finally transferred to a transplant center after his urine output significantly decreased. Doppler ultrasound demonstrated an extensive peri-allograft hypoechoic area and abnormal waveforms with absent arterial diastolic flow and a patent renal vein. Despite surgical decompression, the allograft failed to respond appropriately due to the delay in surgical intervention. This is the third reported case of allograft loss from acute Page kidney following kidney transplantation. This case reinforces that kidney care differs if the kidney is solitary or a transplant. Early recognition and aggressive treatments are mandatory, especially in a case with Doppler signs that are suggestive of compression. PMID:28280700

  4. Heterotopic transplantation of glycerin-preserved trachea: effect of respiratory epithelium desquamation on acute rejection

    Saueressig M.G.


    Full Text Available An effective preservation method and decreased rejection are essential for tracheal transplantation in the reconstruction of large airway defects. Our objective in the present study was to evaluate the antigenic properties of glycerin-preserved tracheal segments. Sixty-one tracheal segments (2.4 to 3.1 cm were divided into three groups: autograft (N = 21, fresh allograft (N = 18 and glycerin-preserved allograft (N = 22. Two segments from different groups were implanted into the greater omentum of dogs (N = 31. After 28 days, the segments were harvested and analyzed for mononuclear infiltration score and for the presence of respiratory epithelium. The fresh allograft group presented the highest score for mononuclear infiltration (1.78 ± 0.43, P <= 0.001 when compared to the autograft and glycerin-preserved allograft groups. In contrast to the regenerated epithelium observed in autograft segments, all fresh allografts and glycerin-preserved allografts had desquamation of the respiratory mucosa. The low antigenicity observed in glycerin segments was probably the result of denudation of the respiratory epithelium and perhaps due to the decrease of major histocompatibility complex class II antigens.

  5. Complement Inhibition for Prevention and Treatment of Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Renal Allograft Recipients.

    Jordan, S C; Choi, J; Kahwaji, J; Vo, A


    Therapeutic interventions aimed at the human complement system are recognized as potentially important strategies for the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases because there is often evidence of complement-mediated injury according to pathologic assessments. In addition, there are a large number of potential targets, both soluble and cell bound, that might offer potential for new drug development, but progress in this area has met with significant challenges. Currently, 2 drugs are approved aimed at inhibition of complement activation. The first option is eculizumab (anti-C5), which is approved for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. Eculizumab has also been studied in human transplantation for the treatment and prevention of antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR). Initial data from uncontrolled studies suggested a significant benefit of eculizumab for the prevention of ABMR in highly HLA-sensitized patients, but a subsequent randomized, placebo-controlled trial failed to meet its primary endpoint. Anecdotal data, primarily from case studies, showed benefits in treating complement-mediated ABMR. A second approved complement-inhibiting therapy is C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH), which is approved for use in patients with hereditary angioedema, a condition caused by mutations in the gene that codes for C1-INH. A recent placebo-controlled trial of C1-INH for prevention of ABMR in HLA-sensitized patients found that the drug was safe, with evidence for inhibition of systemic complement activation and complement-activating donor-specific antibodies. Other drugs are now under development.

  6. Total body irradiation of donors can alter the course of tolerance and induce acute rejection in a spontaneous tolerance rat liver transplantation model.

    Zhang, YeWei; Zhao, HeWei; Bo, Lin; Yang, YinXue; Lu, Xiang; Sun, JingFeng; Wen, JianFei; He, Xia; Yin, GuoWen


    Liver transplantation is an established therapy for end-stage liver diseases. Graft rejection occurs unless the recipient receives immunosuppression after transplantation. This study aimed to explore the mechanism of acute rejection of liver allografts in rats pre-treated with total body irradiation to eliminate passenger lymphocytes and to define the role of CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells in the induction of immunotolerance in the recipient. Male Lewis rats were used as donors and male DA rats were recipients. Rats were randomly assigned to the following four groups: control group, homogeneity liver transplantation group, idio-immunotolerance group and acute rejection group. After transplantation, the survival time of each group, serum alanine aminotransferase, total bilirubin levels, number of Foxp3(+)CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells, expression of glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor on T cell subgroups, histopathology of the hepatic graft and spleen cytotoxic T lymphocyte lytic activity were measured. In the acute rejection group, where donors were preconditioned with total body irradiation before liver transplantation, all recipients died between day 17 and day 21. On day 14, serum alanine aminotransferase increased significantly to (459.2±76.9) U L(-1), total bilirubin increased to (124.1±33.7) μmol L(-1) (Pliver graft, and thus affected the course of tolerance and induced acute rejection after liver transplantation.

  7. Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid: temporal quantitation and scintigraphic assessment

    George, E.A.; Meyerovitz, M.; Codd, J.E.; Fletcher, J.W.; Donati, R.M.


    Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid (TSC) was studied using visual assessment of scintigraphic displays and a quantitative temporal model in 210 examinations of 56 transplant recipients. The quantitative temporal model related the immediate pool of the radioagent in the transplant to the fixed allograft accumulation of TSC at 20 minutes after administration. Examinations performed less than 3 days after grafting or steroid pulse therapy were excluded. Rejection was established by clinical and biochemical evaluation in all 84 examinations that showed acute or choronic allograft rejection. Rejection was accurately diagnosed by visual scintigraphic assessment in 82% of the established cases.

  8. Urinary granzyme A mRNA is a biomarker to diagnose subclinical and acute cellular rejection in kidney transplant recipients

    S.M. Ham; K.M. Heutinck; T. Jorritsma; F.J. Bemelman; M.C.M. Strik; W. Vos; J.J.F. Muris; S. Florquin; R.J.M. ten Berge; A.T. Rowshani


    The distinction between T-cell-mediated rejection (TCMR) and other causes of kidney transplant dysfunction such as tubular necrosis requires biopsy. Subclinical rejection (SCR), an established risk factor for chronic allograft dysfunction, can only be diagnosed by protocol biopsy. A specific non-inv

  9. Lymphoid-Like Structures with Distinct B Cell Areas in Kidney Allografts are not Predictive for Graft Rejection. A Non-human Primate Study.

    Jonker, Margreet; Wubben, Jacqueline A M; 't Hart, Bert A; Haanstra, Krista G


    Kidney allograft biopsies were analyzed for the presence of B cell clusters/aggregates using CD20 staining. Few B cells were found in the diffuse interstitial infiltrates, but clusters of B cells were found in nodular infiltrates. These nodular infiltrates were smaller shortly after transplantation, and their size increased over time. At the time of clinical rejection, the nodules often presented as tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS) with lymphoid-like follicles. The presence of small B cell clusters during the first 2 months after transplantation was not associated with early rejection. Even in animals that did not reject their allograft, TLS-like structures were present and could disappear over time. Although TLS were more often found in samples with interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy (IFTA), TLS were also present in samples without IFTA. The presence and density of clusters resembling tertiary lymphoid structures most likely reflect an ongoing immune response inside the graft and do not necessarily signify a poor graft outcome or IFTA.

  10. Shotgun Proteomics Identifies Proteins Specific for Acute Renal Transplant Rejection

    Sigdel, Tara K.; Kaushal, Amit; Gritsenko, Marina; Norbeck, Angela D.; Qian, Wei-Jun; Xiao, Wenzhong; Camp, David G.; Smith, Richard D.; Sarwal, Minnie M.


    Acute rejection (AR) remains the primary risk factor for renal transplant outcome; development of non-invasive diagnostic biomarkers for AR is an unmet need. We used shotgun proteomics applying LC-MS/MS and ELISA to analyze a set of 92urine samples, from patients with AR, stable grafts (STA), proteinuria (NS), and healthy controls (HC). A total of 1446 urinary proteins were identified along with a number of NS specific, renal transplantation specific and AR specific proteins. Relative abundance of identified urinary proteins was measured by protein-level spectral counts adopting a weighted fold-change statistic, assigning increased weight for more frequently observed proteins. We have identified alterations in a number of specific urinary proteins in AR, primarily relating to MHC antigens, the complement cascade and extra-cellular matrix proteins. A subset of proteins (UMOD, SERPINF1 and CD44), have been further cross-validated by ELISA in an independent set of urine samples, for significant differences in the abundance of these urinary proteins in AR. This label-free, semi-quantitative approach for sampling the urinary proteome in normal and disease states provides a robust and sensitive method for detection of urinary proteins for serial, non-invasive clinical monitoring for graft rejection after kidney transplantation. PMID:20543976

  11. Shotgun Proteomics Identifies Proteins Specific for Acute Renal Transplant Rejection

    Sigdel, Tara K.; Kaushal, Amit; Gritsenko, Marina A.; Norbeck, Angela D.; Qian, Weijun; Xiao, Wenzhong; Camp, David G.; Smith, Richard D.; Sarwal, Minnie M.


    Acute rejection (AR) remains the primary risk factor for renal transplant outcome; development of non-invasive diagnostic biomarkers for AR is an unmet need. We used shotgun proteomics using LC-MS/MS and ELISA to analyze a set of 92 urine samples, from patients with AR, stable grafts (STA), proteinuria (NS), and healthy controls (HC). A total of 1446 urinary proteins were identified along with a number of NS specific, renal transplantation specific and AR specific proteins. Relative abundance of identified urinary proteins was measured by protein-level spectral counts adopting a weighted fold-change statistic, assigning increased weight for more frequently observed proteins. We have identified alterations in a number of specific urinary proteins in AR, primarily relating to MHC antigens, the complement cascade and extra-cellular matrix proteins. A subset of proteins (UMOD, SERPINF1 and CD44), have been further cross-validated by ELISA in an independent set of urine samples, for significant differences in the abundance of these urinary proteins in AR. This label-free, semi-quantitative approach for sampling the urinary proteome in normal and disease states provides a robust and sensitive method for detection of urinary proteins for serial, non-invasive clinical monitoring for graft rejection after

  12. Critical appraisal on the use of everolimus in renal transplantation as an immunosuppressant to prevent organ transplant rejection

    Fernando Giron


    Full Text Available Fernando Giron, Yenny BaezKidney Transplant Service, Colombiana de Trasplantes, Bogota, ColombiaAbstract: Everolimus is a proliferation inhibitor designed to target chronic allograft nephropathy including prevention of acute rejection. Acute renal allograft rejection incidence varies with the therapy used for immunosuppression. Registry data show that 15% to 35% of kidney recipients will undergo treatment for at least one episode of acute rejection within the first post-transplant year. Everolimus has been used as therapy with full- or reduced-dose cyclosporine A without evidence of increasing the acute rejection incidence. This review will summarize the available clinical trial data on the use of everolimus and its role in preventing acute rejection incidence in renal transplantation.Keywords: calcineurin inhibitors, cyclosporine, everolimus, biopsy-proven acute rejection, renal transplantation, acute rejection


    E.S. Stolyarevich


    Full Text Available Rejection has always been one of the most important cause of late renal graft dysfunction. Aim of the study was to analyze the prevalence of different clinico-pathological variants of rejection that cause late graft dysfunction, and evaluate their impact on long-term outcome. Materials and methods. This is a retrospective study that analyzed 294 needle core biopsy specimens from 265 renal transplant recipients with late (48,8 ± 46,1 months after transplantation allograft dysfunction caused by late acute rejection (LAR, n = 193 or chronic rejection (CR, n = 78 or both (n = 23. C4d staining was performed by immunofl uorescence (IF on frozen sections using a standard protocol. Results. Peritubular capillary C4d deposition was identifi ed in 36% samples with acute rejection and in 62% cases of chronic rejection (including 67% cases of transplant glomerulopathy, and 50% – of isolated chronic vasculopathy. 5-year graft survival for LAR vs CR vs their combination was 47, 13 and 25%, respectively. The outcome of C4d– LAR was (p < 0,01 better than of C4d+ acute rejection: at 60 months graft survival for diffuse C4d+ vs C4d− was 33% vs 53%, respectively. In cases of chronic rejection C4d+ vs C4d– it was not statistically signifi cant (34% vs 36%. Conclusion. In long-term allograft biopsy C4d positivity is more haracteristic for chronic rejection than for acute rejection. Only diffuse C4d staining affects the outcome. C4d– positivity is associated with worse allograft survival in cases of late acute rejection, but not in cases of chronic rejection

  14. Pre-transplant donor-specific T-cell alloreactivity is strongly associated with early acute cellular rejection in kidney transplant recipients not receiving T-cell depleting induction therapy.

    Elena Crespo

    Full Text Available Preformed T-cell immune-sensitization should most likely impact allograft outcome during the initial period after kidney transplantation, since donor-specific memory T-cells may rapidly recognize alloantigens and activate the effector immune response, which leads to allograft rejection. However, the precise time-frame in which acute rejection is fundamentally triggered by preformed donor-specific memory T cells rather than by de novo activated naïve T cells is still to be established. Here, preformed donor-specific alloreactive T-cell responses were evaluated using the IFN-γ ELISPOT assay in a large consecutive cohort of kidney transplant patients (n = 90, to assess the main clinical variables associated with cellular sensitization and its predominant time-frame impact on allograft outcome, and was further validated in an independent new set of kidney transplant recipients (n = 67. We found that most highly T-cell sensitized patients were elderly patients with particularly poor HLA class-I matching, without any clinically recognizable sensitizing events. While one-year incidence of all types of biopsy-proven acute rejection did not differ between T-cell alloreactive and non-alloreactive patients, Receiver Operating Characteristic curve analysis indicated the first two months after transplantation as the highest risk time period for acute cellular rejection associated with baseline T-cell sensitization. This effect was particularly evident in young and highly alloreactive individuals that did not receive T-cell depletion immunosuppression. Multivariate analysis confirmed preformed T-cell sensitization as an independent predictor of early acute cellular rejection. In summary, monitoring anti-donor T-cell sensitization before transplantation may help to identify patients at increased risk of acute cellular rejection, particularly in the early phases after kidney transplantation, and thus guide decision-making regarding the use of induction

  15. Loss of CD28 on Peripheral T Cells Decreases the Risk for Early Acute Rejection after Kidney Transplantation.

    Burç Dedeoglu

    Full Text Available End-stage renal disease patients have a dysfunctional, prematurely aged peripheral T-cell system. Here we hypothesized that the degree of premature T-cell ageing before kidney transplantation predicts the risk for early acute allograft rejection (EAR.222 living donor kidney transplant recipients were prospectively analyzed. EAR was defined as biopsy proven acute allograft rejection within 3 months after kidney transplantation. The differentiation status of circulating T cells, the relative telomere length and the number of CD31+ naive T cells were determined as T-cell ageing parameters.Of the 222 patients analyzed, 30 (14% developed an EAR. The donor age and the historical panel reactive antibody score were significantly higher (p = 0.024 and p = 0.039 respectively and the number of related donor kidney transplantation was significantly lower (p = 0.018 in the EAR group. EAR-patients showed lower CD4+CD28null T-cell numbers (p<0.01 and the same trend was observed for CD8+CD28null T-cell numbers (p = 0.08. No differences regarding the other ageing parameters were found. A multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that higher CD4+CD28null T-cell numbers was associated with a lower risk for EAR (HR: 0.65, p = 0.028. In vitro, a significant lower percentage of alloreactive T cells was observed within CD28null T cells (p<0.001.Immunological ageing-related expansion of highly differentiated CD28null T cells is associated with a lower risk for EAR.

  16. Association of Serum MiR-142-3p and MiR-101-3p Levels with Acute Cellular Rejection after Heart Transplantation

    Sukma Dewi, Ihdina; Hollander, Zsuzsanna; Lam, Karen K.; McManus, Janet-Wilson; Tebbutt, Scott J.; Ng, Raymond T.; Keown, Paul A.; McMaster, Robert W.; McManus, Bruce M.; Gidlöf, Olof; Öhman, Jenny


    Background Identifying non-invasive and reliable blood-derived biomarkers for early detection of acute cellular rejection in heart transplant recipients is of great importance in clinical practice. MicroRNAs are small molecules found to be stable in serum and their expression patterns reflect both physiological and underlying pathological conditions in human. Methods We compared a group of heart transplant recipients with histologically-verified acute cellular rejection (ACR, n = 26) with a control group of heart transplant recipients without allograft rejection (NR, n = 37) by assessing the levels of a select set of microRNAs in serum specimens. Results The levels of seven microRNAs, miR-142-3p, miR-101-3p, miR-424-5p, miR-27a-3p, miR-144-3p, miR-339-3p and miR-326 were significantly higher in ACR group compared to the control group and could discriminate between patients with and without allograft rejection. MiR-142-3p and miR-101-3p had the best diagnostic test performance among the microRNAs tested. Serum levels of miR-142-3p and miR-101-3p were independent of calcineurin inhibitor levels, as measured by tacrolimus and cyclosporin; kidney function, as measured by creatinine level, and general inflammation state, as measured by CRP level. Conclusion This study demonstrated two microRNAs, miR-142-3p and miR-101-3p, that could be relevant as non-invasive diagnostic tools for identifying heart transplant patients with acute cellular rejection. PMID:28125729

  17. [Time course of morphological changes in humoral renal allograft rejection in ABO incompatibility between donor and recipient].

    Morozova, M M; Kozmin, L D; Fedorov, D N; Kaabak, M M; Babenko, N N


    One hundred and five biopsy specimens taken in different periods after 34 ABO-incompatible mismatched related kidney transplantations were examined to establish the patterns of humoral activity from the morphological changes and expression of C4d deposits in the peritubular capillaries. Severe reversible forms of acute humoral rejection (AHR) (2 patients) and minimal morphological manifestations (13 patients) were observed in the biopsy specimens taken as long as 2 months later in Group 1 (C4d+). In the early period, the minimal manifestations of AHR did not cause organ dysfunction; but in the late period, 5 of them developed chronic humoral rejection in persistent humoral activity; 4 grafts were removed 531,720, 1019, and 1252 days later. Group 2 (C4d-) (n = 19) showed no graft losses or significant chronic changes; the late minimal manifestations of AHR had no impact on the duration of organ function in 3 recipients. The timely detection of early humoral activity and minimal manifestations of AHR is needed for the measures taken to reduce a risk for late function loss of the grafted organ.

  18. Effect of nifedipine on renal transplant rejection.

    Nicholson, M L; Dennis, M J; Beckingham, I J; Smith, S J


    The effect of early nifedipine therapy on acute renal allograft rejection was studied in 170 adult cadaveric transplant recipients. Acute rejection occurring in the first 3 months after transplantation was diagnosed by Tru-cut biopsy and the severity of each rejection episode assessed histologically. The incidence of acute rejection was significantly lower in patients treated with nifedipine (29 of 80; 36 per cent) than in controls (52 of 90; 58 per cent) (P nifedipine exerted a significant independent effect on the incidence of early acute rejection. Other factors identified in the multivariate model as influencing rejection were human leucocyte antigen (HLA) matching at the DR locus, blood level of cyclosporin during the first week, HLA matching at the B locus, donor age and donor sex. The 1-year graft survival rate was 88.6 per cent in patients given nifedipine and 63.8 per cent in controls (P nifedipine therapy has a useful role in human renal transplantation.

  19. The evolution of untreated borderline and subclinical rejections at first month kidney allograft biopsy in comparison with histological changes at 6 months protocol biopsies.

    Masin-Spasovska, J; Spasovski, G; Dzikova, S; Petrusevska, G; Dimova, B; Lekovski, Lj; Popov, Z; Ivanovski, N; Polenakovic, M


    Our study sought to identify the possible implications of histological findings of borderline and subclinical rejections as well as histological markers of chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN) in protocol biopsies at 1 and 6 months after living-related kidney transplantation. Twenty-eight paired allograft biopsies were blindly reviewed using Banff '97 criteria, among which only 10.7% (6/56) showed no histopathological lesions. BR was found in 9/28 (32.1%) and 6/28 (21.4%), and SR in 3/28 (10.7%) and 10/28 (35.7%) of the patients, in the 1 and 6 month biopsies, respectively. The mean CAN score (sum of histological markers for chronicity) increased significantly at 6 months biopsy, 1.57 +/- 1.36 vs. 4.36 +/- 2.32 (p ), the high CI group had a mean CAN score of 2.36 +/- 1.15 at 1 month, which increased to 5.14 +/- 1.99 at 6 months biopsy (188.9%). The proportion of these changes in low CI group were also increased from 0.79 +/- 1.12 to 3.57 +/- 2.38 (451.9%). In conclusion, a protocol 1 month biopsy may uncover a high prevalence of BR or SR in stable allografts. The presence of an untreated BR or SR in biopsies with low chronicity index showed greater susceptibility to histological deterioration on the 6 month biopsy, associated with rapid impairment of graft function and chronic allograft nephropathy.

  20. Risk factors of cardiac allograft vasculopathy.

    Szyguła-Jurkiewicz, Bożena; Szczurek, Wioletta; Gąsior, Mariusz; Zembala, Marian


    Despite advances in prevention and treatment of heart transplant rejection, development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains the leading factor limiting long-term survival of the graft. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy etiopathogenesis is not fully understood, but a significant role is attributed to endothelial cell damage, caused by immunological and non-immunological mechanisms. Immunological factors include the differences between the recipient's and the donor's HLA systems, the presence of alloreactive antibodies and episodes of acute rejection. Among the non-immunological factors the most important are the age of the donor, ischemia-reperfusion injury and cytomegalovirus infection. The classical cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemia) are also important. This study presents an up-to-date overview of current knowledge on the vasculopathy etiopathogenesis and the role played by endothelium and inflammatory processes in CAV, and it also investigates the factors which may serve as risk markers of cardiac allograft vasculopathy.


    L. Y. Moysyuk


    Full Text Available This review discusses issues related to intensive care in recipients of transplanted liver in the early postoperative period, with an emphasis on contemporary conditions and attitudes that are specific for this group of patients. Early allograft dysfunction (EAD requires immediate diagnosis and appropriate treatment in case. The causes of the EAD and therapeutic tactics are discussed. Acute kidney injury (AKI and renal failure are common in patients after transplantation. We consider etiology, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment guidelines for AKI. The negative impact of EAD and AKI on the grafts survival and recipients is demonstrated. 

  2. Non-invasive diagnosis of acute heart- or lung-transplant rejection using radiolabeled annexin V

    Blankenberg, F.G. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Radiology; Strauss, H.W. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Nuclear Medicine Div.


    Background. Apoptosis is a ubiquitous set of cellular processes by which superfluous or unwanted cells are eliminated in the body without harming adjacent healthy tissues. When apoptosis is inappropriate (too little or too much), a variety of human diseases can occur, including acute heart or lung transplant rejection. Objective. Our group has developed a new radiopharmaceutical, radiolabeled annexin V, which can image apoptosis. Results and conclusion. Here we briefly review the biomolecular basis of apoptosis and its role in acute rejection. We also describe the possible use of radiolabeled annexin V to screen children noninvasively for acute rejection following organ transplantation. (orig.) With 6 figs., 53 refs.

  3. Augmented Repair of Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture Using an Allograft Tendon Weaving Technique.

    Huang, Xiaowei; Huang, Gan; Ji, Ying; Ao, Rong guang; Yu, Baoqing; Zhu, Ya Long


    Achilles tendon rupture is a common injury, especially in those who are physically active. Although open surgery is a widely used option for the treatment of acute Achilles tendon rupture, the optimal treatment is still disputed. In our study, 59 patients with unilateral, closed, acute rupture of the Achilles tendon were treated by open surgery using an allograft weave to augment the repair. All the surgeries were performed within 1 to 4 days after injury. The mean American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society ankle-hindfoot score was recorded as 91.20 (range 88 to 95), 95.34 (range 92 to 98), and 98.27 (range 97 to 99) at the 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up visit, respectively. At the final follow-up visit, the mean difference between the mid-calf circumference of the injured and uninjured legs was 0.19 (range -0.03 to 1.50) cm (p = .43). At the final follow-up visit, the mean difference between the vertical distances from the plantar surface of the heel to the ground for the injured and uninjured lower extremities was 0.44 (range -0.03 to 0.5) cm (p = .17). Augmented repair using the allograft tendon weaving technique provided satisfactory tendon strength and functional outcomes and a timely return to the patients' activities.

  4. The Allograft Inflammatory Factor-1 (AIF-1 homologous in Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech is involved in immune response during wound healing and graft rejection processes

    T Schorn


    Full Text Available Allograft inflammatory factor-1 (AIF-1 is a 17 kDa cytokine-inducible calcium-binding protein that in Vertebrates plays an important role in allografts immune response. Since its expression is mainly limited to the monocyte/macrophage lineage, it was recently suggested that it could play a key role during inflammatory responses, allograft rejection, as well as in the activation of macrophages. To clarify this point we have focused our research on the possible role of AIF-1 during the inflammatory response after injury in the leech Hirudo medicinalis (Annelida, Hirudinea. This invertebrate is an excellent animal model since the responses evoked during inflammation and tissue repair are clear and easily detectable and have a striking similarity with vertebrate responses. Moreover the analysis of an EST library from H. medicinalis CNS, revealed the presence of a gene, named Hmaif-1/alias Hmiba1, showing a high homology with vertebrate aif-1. Our data show that the related protein, named HmAIF-1, is constitutively expressed in unlesioned leeches and that dramatically increases 48 h after wounds and tissue transplants. Immunohistochemistry experiments, using a specific anti HmAIF-1 polyclonal antibody, shows that this factor is present in spread, CD68+ /CD45+ macrophage-like cells. A few days after experimental wounding of the body wall, the amount of these immunopositive cells increases at the lesion site. In conclusion here we propose that in leech HmAIF-1 factor is involved in inflammation events like its vertebrate counterparts.

  5. The synergistic immunoregulatory effects of culture-expanded mesenchymal stromal cells and CD4(+25(+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells on skin allograft rejection.

    Jung Ho Lee

    Full Text Available Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs are seen as an ideal source of cells to induce graft acceptance; however, some reports have shown that MSCs can be immunogenic rather than immunosuppressive. We speculate that the immunomodulatory effects of regulatory T cells (Tregs can aid the maintenance of immunoregulatory functions of MSCs, and that a combinatorial approach to cell therapy can have synergistic immunomodulatory effects on allograft rejection. After preconditioning with Fludarabine, followed by total body irradiation and anti-asialo-GM-1(ASGM-1, tail skin grafts from C57BL/6 (H-2k(b mice were grafted onto the lateral thoracic wall of BALB/c (H-2k(d mice. Group A mice (control group, n = 9 did not receive any further treatment after preconditioning, whereas groups B and C (n = 9 received cell therapy with MSCs or Tregs, respectively, on days -1, +6 and +13 relative to the skin transplantation. Group D (n = 10 received cell therapy with MSCs and Tregs on days -1, +6 and +13. Cell suspensions were obtained from the spleens of five randomly chosen mice from each group on day +7, and the immunomodulatory effects of the cell therapy were evaluated by flow cytometry and real-time PCR. Our results show that allograft survival was significantly longer in group D compared to the control group (group A. Flow cytometric analysis and real-time PCR for splenocytes revealed that the Th2 subpopulation in group D increased significantly compared to the group B. Also, the expression of Foxp3 and STAT 5 increased significantly in group D compared to the conventional cell therapy groups (B and C. Taken together, these data suggest that a combined cell therapy approach with MSCs and Tregs has a synergistic effect on immunoregulatory function in vivo, and might provide a novel strategy for improving survival in allograft transplantation.

  6. 体液性排斥反应患者移植物组织C4d沉积和浆细胞聚集性浸润初探%A retrospective analysis on the relationship between C4d deposition and infiltration of plasma-cell nodules in liver and renal allografts and their roles in humoral rejection

    石炳毅; 许晓光; 蔡明; 宋继勇; 韩永


    Objective To detect the deposition of C4d and the infiltration of plasma cells in liver and renal allografts and to study the correlations among C4d deposition, plasma cells infiltration and humoral rejection.Methods Thirty-four liver biopsy specimens from 28 liver transplant patients and 43 tissues from excised renal allografts of rejections were stained with HE and analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Ten excised renal specimens from patients with other diseases rather than rejection and specimens from donor liver explants were collected as negative controls. Renal allograft rejection was classified with Banff 97. The expression of C4d and CD138 were detected and their relationship was analyzed.Results Histopathology showed that acute rejection occurred in 16 liver allografts, chronic humoral rejection in 9 and no rejection in 9. Liver biopsies before transplantation showed no Cd4 positive;9 (56.3%) cases in acute rejection group were detected C4d positive, 5(55.6%) cases in chronic rejection group, and 1(11.1%) case with stenosis of bile duct in no rejection group. Eleven tissue specimens from rejected allografts were detected CD138 positive and 8 were detected both C4d and CD138 positive. Among the 43 renal allografts specimens, 5 had hyperacute rejection, 9 acute rejection, and 29 chronic rejection;19(44.2%) were detected C4d positive, 24(55.8%) CD138 positive, and 10(23.3%) both positive. C4d and CD138 are related by the Spearman analysis in liver and renal allografts (r=0.364, P<0.05;r=0.5051, P<0.01). One case of C4d positive and no CD138 positive were detected in the negative controls.Conclusion C4d and CD138 are correlated, suggesting the plasma nodules infiltration in liver and renal allograft probably participate in humoral rejection through secreting antibodies locally.%目的 检测移植肝及肾组织中浆细胞的浸润和补体C4裂解产物C4d的沉积情况,分析浆细胞浸润、C4d沉积与体液性排斥反应的相关性.方法 25例肝移

  7. Selective treatment of early acute rejection after liver transplantation : Effects on liver, infection rate, and outcome

    Klompmaker, IJ; Gouw, ASH; Haagsma, EB; TenVergert, EM; Verwer, R; Slooff, MJH


    To evaluate the results of selective treatment of biopsy-proven mild acute rejection episodes, we retrospectively studied 1-week liver biopsies of 103 patients with a primary liver graft in relation to liver function tests. The overall incidence of rejection was 35 %. In four patients the biopsy sho




    To differentiate between acute and chronic lung rejection in an early stage, phenotypes of infiltrating inflammatory cells were analyzed in 34 transbronchial biopsies (TBBs) of 24 patients after heart-lung transplantation. TBBs were taken during during acute lung rejection and chronic lung rejection

  9. Blockade of the OX40/OX40L pathway and induction of PD-L1 synergistically protects mouse islet allografts from rejection

    Li Tao; Ma Rui; Zhu Jiye; Wang Fushun; Huang Lei; Leng Xisheng


    Background OX40/OX40 ligand (OX40/OX40L) and programmed death-1/programmed death ligand-1 (PD-1/PD-L1) costimulatory signals play important roles in T cell-induced immune responses.The aim of this study was to investigate the roles of OX40/OX40L and PD-1/PD-L1 costimulatory pathways in mouse islet allograft rejection.Methods Lentiviral vectors containing OX40L siRNA sequences and an adenovirus vector containing the PD-L1 gene were constructed.The streptozotocin-induced model of diabetes was established in C57BL/6 (H-2b) mice.Diabetic C57BL/6 mice were randomly allocated into five groups:group 1,untreated control; group 2,Ad-EGFP treatment; group 3,Ad-PD-L1 treatment; group 4,OX40L-RNAi-LV treatment; group 5,OX40L-RNAi-LV combined with Ad-PD-L1 treatment.Lentiviral vector and the adenovirus vector were injected,singly or combined,into the caudal vein one day before islet transplantation.The islets of DBA/2 (H-2d) mice were transplanted into the renal subcapsular space of the diabetic recipients.Recipient blood glucose and the survival time of the allografts were monitored.Antigen-specific mixed lymphocyte reaction was also evaluated.Results The recombinant lentiviral RNA interference vector OX40L-RNAi-LV reduced OX40L protein expression by 70%.The recombinant adenovirus vector Ad-PD-L1 increased PD-L1 protein expression in vivo in C57BL/6 recipient mice.Combined OX40L-RNAi-LV/Ad-PD-L1 treatment induced a synergistic protective effect in pancreatic islet allografts.Allograft survival time in the combined treatment group was (92.27±9.65) days,not only longer than that of the control ((6.51±0.27) days) and Ad-EGFP groups ((7.09±0.13) days) (P <0.01),but also significantly longer than that of Ad-PD-L1 and OX40L-RNAi-LV single treatment groups ((40.64±3.95) days and (55.14±5.48) days respectively,P <0.01).The blood glucose concentration of recipient mice in the combined treatment group was also stable and kept within the normal range.Flow cytometry analysis

  10. Combination of monoclonal antibodies with DST inhibits accelerated rejection mediated by memory T cells to induce long-lived heart allograft acceptance in mice.

    Shao, Wei; Chen, Jibing; Dai, Helong; Peng, Yuanzheng; Wang, Feng; Xia, Junjie; Thorlacius, Henrik; Zhu, Qi; Qi, Zhongquan


    Donor-reactive memory T cells mediated accelerated rejection is known as a barrier to the survival of transplanted organs. We investigated the combination of different monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and donor-specific transfusion (DST) in memory T cells-based adoptive mice model. In the presence of donor-reactive memory T cells, the mean survival time (MST) of grafts in the anti-CD40L/LFA-1/DST group was 49.8d. Adding anti-CD44/CD70 mAbs to anti-CD40L/LFA-1/DST treatment. The MST was more than 100 d (MST>100 d). Compared with anti-CD40L/LFA-1/DST group, anti-CD40L/LFA-1/CD44/CD70/DST group notably reduced the expansion of memory T cells, enhanced the proportion of CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) and suppressed donor-specific responses. Our data suggest that anti-CD40L/LFA-1/CD44/CD70mAbs and DST can synergistically inhibit accelerated rejection mediated by memory T cells to induce long-lived heart allograft acceptance in mice.

  11. Comparative study of the role of professional versus semiprofessional or nonprofessional antigen presenting cells in the rejection of vascularized organ allografts.

    Sundstrom, J B; Ansari, A A


    The immune systems of transplant recipients are progressively challenged with exposure to the multiple lineages of donor cells that comprise the vascularized organ allograft. Each lineage of such donor tissue constitutively expresses or can be induced to express varying densities of MHC antigens ranging from no expression of MHC to MHC class I only to both MHC class I and class II. In addition, the cell surface expression of a diverse assortment of costimulatory and cell adhesion molecules also varies in density in a tissue specific fashion within the allograft. The MHC class I/II molecules displayed on the donor cells contain within their clefts a constellation of processed protein antigens in the form of peptides derived from intracellular and to some extent extracellular sources. Therefore, the potential for each cell lineage to induce alloactivation and serve as a target for allospecific immune responses is dependent on the diversity and density of peptide-bearing MHC molecules, costimulatory molecules, and cell adhesion molecules. In addition, the T cell receptor repertoire of the recipient also contributes to the magnitude of the allogeneic response. Consequently, the variety of clinical outcomes following organ transplantation even with the institution of potent immunosuppressive (drug) therapies is not surprising, as it appears reasonable for such therapies to influence the allogeneic response against distinct lineages differentially. Our failure to prevent chronic human allograft rejection may therefore be due to our limited appreciation of the full spectrum of alloactivating experiences encountered by host T cells as they interact with donor cells of diverse tissue lineages. Investigations by our laboratory of the immunopathogenesis of chronic cardiac allograft rejection have revealed an intrinsic inability of human cardiac myocytes to process and present antigens, not only for primary but also for secondary alloimmune responses. One obvious explanation

  12. Anti-inflammatory effects of tetrahydrobiopterin on early rejection in renal allografts : modulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase

    Huisman, A; Vos, [No Value; van Faassen, EE; Joles, JA; Grone, HJ; Martasek, P; van Zonneveld, AJ; Vanin, AF; Rabelink, TJ


    Oxidative stress contributes to the development of early transplant failure. As nitric oxide synthases (NOS) can act as sources of superoxide, we investigated the effect of the NOS cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) on oxyradical production and early rejection in a rat kidney transplantation model.

  13. Comparison of renal allograft (AG) biopsy diagnosis and temporal quantitation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid (SC) in clinically suspected AG rejection

    George, E.A.; Brown, W.N.; Carney, K.; Naidu, R.G.; Palmer, D.C.


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of temporal quantitation of SC compared to tissue diagnosis of AG needle biopsy (Bx). The principal clinical criteria for patient selection were sequential or persistent reduction (at least 40-50%) of AG function as determined by serial serum creatinine levels. Thirty-four AG recipients were examined with SC and subsequent AG Bx in 37 instances. %SC AG accumulation and bone marrow extraction were interpreted in view of the significant sequential of persistent reduction of Ag function. Each AG Bx was collected from multiple needle aspirates and processed for light microscopy and immunoflorescent staining. Bx and SC exam were evaluated for acute rejection (AR), chronic rejection (CR) or other, non-rejection pathology. Acute tissue changes superimposed on chronic were regarded as AR. Acute tissue changes and % SC AG accumulation in the rejection range were graded as mild, moderate and marked. In AR there was 28/28 agreement of Bx and SC diagnosis; of which 7/28 were superimposed on CR. In Cr Bx and SC agreed in 3/7 instances, in 3/7 SC Dx was AR and in 1/7 SC exam was normal. Sensitivity and specificity of the SC diagnosis in this series was 100% and 63% for AR, 43% and 100% for CR and 97% and 100% in all instances of rejection. Bx and SC grading of AR agreed in 64%. In conclusion, temporal quantitation of SC demonstrated overall good correlation with AG Bx diagnosis in this series. The poor sensitivity of 43% of SC in Cr and only 64% correlation in grading AR may be due to inherent Bx sampling and SC data analysis error.

  14. Acute fibrinous and organising pneumonia following lung transplantation is associated with severe allograft dysfunction and poor outcome: a case series

    Keith Meyer


    Full Text Available   Acute fibrinous and organising pneumonia (AFOP is a histopathologic variant of acute lung injury that has been associated with infection and inflammatory disorders and has been reported as a complication of lung transplantation. A retrospective chart review was performed for all patients transplanted at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics from January 1995 to December 2013 (n = 561. We identified 6 recipients whose clinical course was complicated by AFOP. All recipients were found to have AFOP on lung biopsy or at post-mortem examination, and 5 of the 6 patients suffered progressive allograft dysfunction that led to fatal outcome. Only 1 of the 6 patients stabilised with augmented immunosuppression and had subsequent improvement and stabilisation of allograft function. We could not clearly identify any specific cause of AFOP, such as drug toxicity or infection. Lung transplantation can be complicated by lung injury with an AFOP pattern on histopathologic examination of lung biopsy specimens. The presence of an AFOP pattern was associated with irreversible decline in lung function that was refractory to therapeutic interventions in 5 of our 6 cases and was associated with severe allograft dysfunction and death in these 5 individuals. AFOP should be considered as a potential diagnosis when lung transplant recipients develop progressive decline in lung function that is consistent with a clinical diagnosis of chronic lung allograft dysfunction.  

  15. Heat Shock Protein-27 Delays Acute Rejection After Cardiac Transplantation: An Experimental Model


    Background Rejection is the major obstacle to survival after cardiac transplantation. We investigated whether overexpression of heat shock protein (Hsp)-27 in mouse hearts protects against acute rejection and the mechanisms of such protection. Methods Hearts from B10.A mice overexpressing human Hsp-27 (Hsp-27tg), or Hsp-27–negative hearts from littermate controls (LCs) were transplanted into allogeneic C57BL/6 mice. The immune response to B10.A hearts was investigated using quantitative polym...

  16. Cytokine levels in pleural fluid as markers of acute rejection after lung transplantation

    Priscila Cilene León Bueno de Camargo


    Full Text Available Our objective was to determine the levels of lactate dehydrogenase, IL-6, IL-8, and VEGF, as well as the total and differential cell counts, in the pleural fluid of lung transplant recipients, correlating those levels with the occurrence and severity of rejection. We analyzed pleural fluid samples collected from 18 patients at various time points (up to postoperative day 4. The levels of IL-6, IL-8, and VEGF tended to elevate in parallel with increases in the severity of rejection. Our results suggest that these levels are markers of acute graft rejection in lung transplant recipients.

  17. Cytokine levels in pleural fluid as markers of acute rejection after lung transplantation*

    de Camargo, Priscila Cilene León Bueno; Afonso, José Eduardo; Samano, Marcos Naoyuki; Acencio, Milena Marques Pagliarelli; Antonangelo, Leila; Teixeira, Ricardo Henrique de Oliveira Braga


    Our objective was to determine the levels of lactate dehydrogenase, IL-6, IL-8, and VEGF, as well as the total and differential cell counts, in the pleural fluid of lung transplant recipients, correlating those levels with the occurrence and severity of rejection. We analyzed pleural fluid samples collected from 18 patients at various time points (up to postoperative day 4). The levels of IL-6, IL-8, and VEGF tended to elevate in parallel with increases in the severity of rejection. Our results suggest that these levels are markers of acute graft rejection in lung transplant recipients. PMID:25210966

  18. Power doppler sonography in early renal transplantation: Does it differentiate acute graft rejection from acute tubular necrosis?

    Haytham M Shebel


    Full Text Available To evaluate the role of power Doppler in the identification and differentiation bet-ween acute renal transplant rejection and acute tubular necrosis (ATN, we studied 67 live donor renal transplant recipients. All patients were examined by spectral and power Doppler sono-graphy. Assessment of cortical perfusion (CP by power Doppler was subjective, using our grading score system: P0 (normal CP; homogenous cortical blush extending to the capsule, P1 (reduced CP; cortical vascular cut-off at interlobular level, P2 (markedly reduced CP; scattered cortical color flow at the interlobar level. Renal biopsies were performed during acute graft dysfunction. Pathological diagnoses were based on Banff classification 1997. The Mann- Whitney test was used to test the difference between CP grades with respect to serum creatinine (SCr, and resistive index (RI. For 38 episodes of acute graft rejection grade I, power Doppler showed that CP was P1 and RI ranging from 0.78 to 0.89. For 21 episodes of acute graft rejection grade II, power Doppler showed that CP was P1, with RI ranging from 0.88 to >1. Only one case of grade III rejection had a CP of P2. Twelve biopsies of ATN had CP of P0 and RI ranging from 0.80 to 0.89 There was a statistically significant correlation between CP grading and SCr (P <0.01 as well as between CP grading and RI (P <0.05. CP grading had a higher sensitivity in the detection of early acute rejection compared with RI and cross-sectional area measurements. We conclude that power Doppler is a non-invasive sensitive technique that may help in the detection and differentiation between acute renal transplant rejection and ATN, particularly in the early post-transplantation period.

  19. Urine Metabolite Profiles Predictive of Human Kidney Allograft Status.

    Suhre, Karsten; Schwartz, Joseph E; Sharma, Vijay K; Chen, Qiuying; Lee, John R; Muthukumar, Thangamani; Dadhania, Darshana M; Ding, Ruchuang; Ikle, David N; Bridges, Nancy D; Williams, Nikki M; Kastenmüller, Gabi; Karoly, Edward D; Mohney, Robert P; Abecassis, Michael; Friedewald, John; Knechtle, Stuart J; Becker, Yolanda T; Samstein, Benjamin; Shaked, Abraham; Gross, Steven S; Suthanthiran, Manikkam


    Noninvasive diagnosis and prognostication of acute cellular rejection in the kidney allograft may help realize the full benefits of kidney transplantation. To investigate whether urine metabolites predict kidney allograft status, we determined levels of 749 metabolites in 1516 urine samples from 241 kidney graft recipients enrolled in the prospective multicenter Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation-04 study. A metabolite signature of the ratio of 3-sialyllactose to xanthosine in biopsy specimen-matched urine supernatants best discriminated acute cellular rejection biopsy specimens from specimens without rejection. For clinical application, we developed a high-throughput mass spectrometry-based assay that enabled absolute and rapid quantification of the 3-sialyllactose-to-xanthosine ratio in urine samples. A composite signature of ratios of 3-sialyllactose to xanthosine and quinolinate to X-16397 and our previously reported urinary cell mRNA signature of 18S ribosomal RNA, CD3ε mRNA, and interferon-inducible protein-10 mRNA outperformed the metabolite signatures and the mRNA signature. The area under the receiver operating characteristics curve for the composite metabolite-mRNA signature was 0.93, and the signature was diagnostic of acute cellular rejection with a specificity of 84% and a sensitivity of 90%. The composite signature, developed using solely biopsy specimen-matched urine samples, predicted future acute cellular rejection when applied to pristine samples taken days to weeks before biopsy. We conclude that metabolite profiling of urine offers a noninvasive means of diagnosing and prognosticating acute cellular rejection in the human kidney allograft, and that the combined metabolite and mRNA signature is diagnostic and prognostic of acute cellular rejection with very high accuracy.

  20. Renalase Gene Polymorphism in Patients After Renal Allograft Transplantation

    Andrzej Pawlik


    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Renalase is a recently discovered protein, which is likely involved in regulation of blood pressure in humans and animals. Previous studies suggest that renalase reflects kidney functioning. A common missense polymorphism in the flavin-adenine dinucleotide-binding domain of human renalase (Glu37Asp has been described. In this study we examined the association between (Glu37Asp polymorphism (rs2296545 in renalase gene and kidney allograft function. Methods: The study enrolled 270 Caucasian kidney allograft recipients. SNP within the renalase was genotyped using TaqMan genotyping assays. Results: There were no statistically significant associations between renalase gene rs2296545 polymorphism and delayed graft function, acute rejection, chronic allograft dysfunction as well as creatinine serum concentrations and blood pressure values after transplantation. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest, that renalase gene rs2296545 polymorphism is not important factor determining renal allograft function.

  1. In Situ Localization of C3 Synthesis in Experimental Acute Renal Allograft Rejection


    Recent evidence has implicated complement in renal transplant injury and identified the kidney as a source of complement components. We therefore investigated the local gene expression of complement component C3, pivotal to complement activation pathways and a mediator of inflammatory injury, in a rat renal transplant model. By reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, the expression of C3 mRNA increased in two phases. The first phase coincided with post-ischemic injury over 2 days pos...

  2. Efficacy of mycofenolate mofetil for steroid-resistant acute rejection after living donor liver transplantation

    Nobuhisa Akamatsu; Yasuhiko Sugawara; Sumihito Tamura; Yuichi Matsui; Junichi Kaneko; Masatoshi Makuuchi


    AIM: To discuss the use of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) as an immunosuppressant in steroid resistant rejection after liver transplantation. METHODS: The clinical records of 260 adult patients who underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) were reviewed. Tacrolimus and methylprednisolone were used for primary immunosuppression. Acute rejection was first treated with steroids. When steroid resistance occurred, the patient was treated with a combination of steroids and MMF. Anti-T-cell monoclonal antibody was administered to patients who were not responsive to steroids in combination with MMF.RESULTS: A total of 90 (35%) patients developed acute rejection. The median interval time from transplantation to the first episode was 15 d. Fifty-four patients were steroid resistant. Forty-four patients were treated with MMF and the remaining 10 required anti-T-cell monoclonal antibody treatment. Progression to chronic rejection was observed in one patient. Bone marrow suppression and gastrointestinal symptoms were the most common side effects associated with MMF use. There was no significant increase in opportunistic infections. CONCLUSION: Our results demonstrate that MMF is a potent and safe immunosuppressive agent for rescue therapy in patients with acute rejection after LDLT.

  3. A common rejection module (CRM) for acute rejection across multiple organs identifies novel therapeutics for organ transplantation.

    Khatri, Purvesh; Roedder, Silke; Kimura, Naoyuki; De Vusser, Katrien; Morgan, Alexander A; Gong, Yongquan; Fischbein, Michael P; Robbins, Robert C; Naesens, Maarten; Butte, Atul J; Sarwal, Minnie M


    Using meta-analysis of eight independent transplant datasets (236 graft biopsy samples) from four organs, we identified a common rejection module (CRM) consisting of 11 genes that were significantly overexpressed in acute rejection (AR) across all transplanted organs. The CRM genes could diagnose AR with high specificity and sensitivity in three additional independent cohorts (794 samples). In another two independent cohorts (151 renal transplant biopsies), the CRM genes correlated with the extent of graft injury and predicted future injury to a graft using protocol biopsies. Inferred drug mechanisms from the literature suggested that two FDA-approved drugs (atorvastatin and dasatinib), approved for nontransplant indications, could regulate specific CRM genes and reduce the number of graft-infiltrating cells during AR. We treated mice with HLA-mismatched mouse cardiac transplant with atorvastatin and dasatinib and showed reduction of the CRM genes, significant reduction of graft-infiltrating cells, and extended graft survival. We further validated the beneficial effect of atorvastatin on graft survival by retrospective analysis of electronic medical records of a single-center cohort of 2,515 renal transplant patients followed for up to 22 yr. In conclusion, we identified a CRM in transplantation that provides new opportunities for diagnosis, drug repositioning, and rational drug design.

  4. Transplant graft vasculopathy: an emerging target for prevention and treatment of renal allograft dysfunction.

    Kang, Duk-Hee; Kang, Shin-Wook; Jeong, Hyeon Joo; Kim, Yu Seun; Yang, Chul Woo; Johnson, Richard J


    Maintenance of healthy endothelium is essential to vascular homeostasis, and preservation of endothelial cell function is critical for transplant allograft function. Damage of microvascular endothelial cells is now regarded as a characteristic feature of acute vascular rejection and chronic allograft nephropathy, which is an important predictor of graft loss and is often associated with transplant vasculopathy. In this review, we will discuss the role of microvascular endothelium, in renal allograft dysfunction, particularly as it relates to markers of endothelial dysfunction and endothelial repair mechanisms. We also discuss the potential for therapies targeting endothelial dysfunction and transplant graft vasculopathy.

  5. Recombinant human C1-inhibitor prevents acute antibody-mediated rejection in alloimmunized baboons

    Tillou, Xavier; Poirier, Nicolas; Le Bas-Bernardet, Stephanie; Hervouet, Jeremy; Minault, David; Renaudin, Karine; Vistoli, Fabio; Karam, Georges; Daha, Mohamed; Soulillou, Jean Paul; Blancho, Gilles


    Acute antibody-mediated rejection is an unsolved issue in transplantation, especially in the context of pretransplant immunization. The deleterious effect of preformed cytotoxic anti-HLA antibodies through complement activation is well proven, but very little is known concerning complement blockade

  6. Proton pump inhibitors do not increase the risk of acute rejection

    Boekel, G.A.J van; Kerkhofs, C.H.; Logt, F. van de; Hilbrands, L.B.


    Background: Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is the prodrug of mycophenolic acid (MPA). Proton pump inhibitors impair exposure to MPA due to incomplete conversion from MMF. Lower exposure to MPA could result in an increased risk of acute rejection. We investigated whether MMF-treated renal transplant pat

  7. The Spectrum of Renal Allograft Failure

    Chand, Sourabh; Atkinson, David; Collins, Clare; Briggs, David; Ball, Simon; Sharif, Adnan; Skordilis, Kassiani; Vydianath, Bindu; Neil, Desley; Borrows, Richard


    Background Causes of “true” late kidney allograft failure remain unclear as study selection bias and limited follow-up risk incomplete representation of the spectrum. Methods We evaluated all unselected graft failures from 2008–2014 (n = 171; 0–36 years post-transplantation) by contemporary classification of indication biopsies “proximate” to failure, DSA assessment, clinical and biochemical data. Results The spectrum of graft failure changed markedly depending on the timing of allograft failure. Failures within the first year were most commonly attributed to technical failure, acute rejection (with T-cell mediated rejection [TCMR] dominating antibody-mediated rejection [ABMR]). Failures beyond a year were increasingly dominated by ABMR and ‘interstitial fibrosis with tubular atrophy’ without rejection, infection or recurrent disease (“IFTA”). Cases of IFTA associated with inflammation in non-scarred areas (compared with no inflammation or inflammation solely within scarred regions) were more commonly associated with episodes of prior rejection, late rejection and nonadherence, pointing to an alloimmune aetiology. Nonadherence and late rejection were common in ABMR and TCMR, particularly Acute Active ABMR. Acute Active ABMR and nonadherence were associated with younger age, faster functional decline, and less hyalinosis on biopsy. Chronic and Chronic Active ABMR were more commonly associated with Class II DSA. C1q-binding DSA, detected in 33% of ABMR episodes, were associated with shorter time to graft failure. Most non-biopsied patients were DSA-negative (16/21; 76.1%). Finally, twelve losses to recurrent disease were seen (16%). Conclusion This data from an unselected population identifies IFTA alongside ABMR as a very important cause of true late graft failure, with nonadherence-associated TCMR as a phenomenon in some patients. It highlights clinical and immunological characteristics of ABMR subgroups, and should inform clinical practice and

  8. Variation of T cell subset during acute rejection after liver transplantation in rhesus monkeys

    Ran Jiang-hua; Liu Jing; Zhang Xi-bing; Zhang Sheng-ning; Wu Shu-yuan; Li Lai-bang; Li Wang; Li Li


    Abstract BACKGROUND: Looking for the early diagnosis of acute rejection indicators after liver transplantation can assess the risk after liver transplantation quickly and effectively, and T lymphocytes play the significant role in acute rejection. OBJECTIVE:To observe the relationship between acute rejection and variation of expression of T cel subset in blood after liver transplantation in rhesus monkey. METHODS: The sixteen liver transplant models in rhesus monkey which were constructed successfuly by the method of “double-cuff and one support tube” were divided into two groups randomly: experiment group (no treated by immunosuppressant in perioperative period) and control group (treated by immunosuppressant in perioperative period). Then the blood specimen and liver tissue respectively were colected at 6, 12, 24 and 72 hours after operation. The levels of alanine transferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and total bilirubin were detected with the fuly automatic biochemical analyser. The levels of CD4+/CD8+were tested by flow cytometry. The liver tissue in rhesus monkey after liver transplantation was detected by hematoxylin-eosin staining. The degree of acute rejection was evaluated by Banff Score System. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Acute rejection appeared in the experiment group at 12, 24, and 72 hours after liver transplantation. Levels of alanine transferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and total bilirubin were significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group at 24 and 72 hours after transplantation (P < 0.05). The expression of CD4+/CD8+of the experiment group and control group began to rise at 6 hours after surgery, but the experiment group increased the most obvious. CD4+/CD8+ expression was significantly greater in the experimental group than in the control group at 24 and 72 hours after transplantation (P < 0.05). Morphological pathology was severer, and Banff score was higher in the experiment group than in the control group at

  9. Acute Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Presence of MICA-DSA and Successful Renal Re-Transplant with Negative-MICA Virtual Crossmatch.

    Yingzi Ming

    Full Text Available The presence of donor-specific alloantibodies (DSAs against the MICA antigen results in high risk for antibody-mediated rejection (AMR of a transplanted kidney, especially in patients receiving a re-transplant. We describe the incidence of acute C4d+ AMR in a patient who had received a first kidney transplant with a zero HLA antigen mismatch. Retrospective analysis of post-transplant T and B cell crossmatches were negative, but a high level of MICA alloantibody was detected in sera collected both before and after transplant. The DSA against the first allograft mismatched MICA*018 was in the recipient. Flow cytometry and cytotoxicity tests with five samples of freshly isolated human umbilical vein endothelial cells demonstrated the alloantibody nature of patient's MICA-DSA. Prior to the second transplant, a MICA virtual crossmatch and T and B cell crossmatches were used to identify a suitable donor. The patient received a second kidney transplant, and allograft was functioning well at one-year follow-up. Our study indicates that MICA virtual crossmatch is important in selection of a kidney donor if the recipient has been sensitized with MICA antigens.

  10. Effect of tripterygium wilfordii polyglucoside on histological changes of a rat model of chronic renal allograft rejection%雷公藤多甙对大鼠肾移植慢性排斥移植肾组织病理学的影响

    余鹏程; 刘永光; 李民; 郭颖; 陈桦; 岳良升; 吴建平; 赵明


    combinations of SD-Wistar. The native kidney of the recipients were kept and used as an internal control. All recipients received a short course treatment of cyclosporine A (CsA microemulsion) (2 mg/kg/d for 10 days i.p) after transplantation to prevent acute rejection to establish chronic renal allograft rejection model. Fifteen successful recipient rats were randomized into TWP-treating group (n=8) and control group (n=7). The recipient rats of the two groups were treated with TWP at doses of 30 mg/kg (TWP-treating group) or the same volume of 0.9%saline solution (control group) per day from day 10 until week 12 after transplantation. All recipient rats were killed in week 12after transplantation, the histology examination of grafts and native kidneys was performed in parallel according to the Banff 07working classification for renal allograft pathology. Graft histology was quantified by using the Banff sum score.Immunohistochemistry of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) of each allograft was examined and was semiquantitatively evaluated.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:All allografts of each group survived up to 12 weeks after transplantation and develop chronic renal allograft rejection, characterized by neointimal hyperplasia, interstitial fibrosis, tubular atrophy, glomerulosclerosis and mononuclear cell infiltration. Compared with those in the control group, the Banff sum scores and TGF-β1 expressions in the renal allograft tissues were significantly decreased in the TWP-treating group in week 12 (P < 0.01 for both). The native kidney of recipients of each group showed no inflammation or histological alterations. In conclusion, TWP effectively reduces the histological damages and the expression of TGF-β1 in the renal allograft tissues and may be used as a new agent to treat chronic renal allograft rejection.

  11. The Presence of Recipient-Derived Renal Cells in Kidney Allografts

    Türkan METE


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Stem cells may be involved in the repair processes of renal tissues during various disorders. We aimed to search the presence of recipient originated cells in renal allograft tissues from patients with various types of allograft dysfunction including acute rejection, acute tubular necrosis, calcineurin inhibitor toxicity, and chronic rejection. MATERIAL and METHODS: Eleven kidney transplant recipients were enrolled in the study. Seven patients who had sex-mismatched donors were regarded as the study group and the remaining were the controls (male-male, positive controls, n=2; female-female, negative controls, n=2. Histopathological examinations in the study group had revealed chronic rejection in four patients(together with calcineurin inhibitor toxicity in three and acute rejection, acute tubular necrosis, and cyclosporine toxicity in one patient each. Deparaffi nised biopsy specimens were examined using chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH method for the XY cocktail probe. RESULTS: Renal cells of positive controls had XY, whereas those of negative controls had XX chromosomal signals. Examination of the biopsy samples from the study group showed variable ratios of recipient-derived tubular(2-76%, interstitial mesenchymal(5-83%, and endothelial cells(1-53%. CONCLUSION: The presence of recipient-derived renal cells in injured kidney allografts suggests that there is a possible dynamic interaction between allograft and stem cells of the recipient. Further studies are needed to clarify the origin and the function of these cells.

  12. UGT1A9 -275T>A/-2152C>T polymorphisms correlate with low MPA exposure and acute rejection in MMF/tacrolimus-treated kidney transplant patients.

    van Schaik, R H N; van Agteren, M; de Fijter, J W; Hartmann, A; Schmidt, J; Budde, K; Kuypers, D; Le Meur, Y; van der Werf, M; Mamelok, R; van Gelder, T


    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is an immunosuppressive drug commonly used in the context of kidney transplantation. Exposure to the active metabolite mycophenolic acid (MPA) is associated with risk of allograft rejection. MPA pharmacokinetics varies between individuals, the potential cause being the presence of genetic polymorphisms in key enzymes. We genotyped 338 kidney transplant patients for UGT1A8, UGT1A9, UGT2B7, and MRP2 polymorphisms and recorded MPA exposure and biopsy-proven acute rejections (BPARs) during a 1-year follow-up. Tacrolimus-treated patients who were UGT1A9 -275T>A and/or -2152C>T carriers displayed a 20% lower MPA area under the concentration-time curve from 0 to 12 h (AUC(0-12)) (P = 0.012). UGT1A9*3 carriers displayed a 49% higher MPA AUC(0-12) when treated with tacrolimus and a 54% higher MPA AUC(0-12) when treated with cyclosporine (P A and/or -2152C>T polymorphism significantly predicted acute rejection in fixed-dose (FD) MMF-treated patients receiving tacrolimus (odds ratio 13.3, 95% confidence interval 1.1-162.3; P A and/or -2152C>T genotyping may identify patients at risk of MPA underexposure and acute rejection when receiving treatment with MMF and tacrolimus.

  13. Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid: temporal quantitation and scintigraphic assessment

    George, E.A.; Meyerovitz, M.; Codd, J.E.; Fletcher, J.W.; Donati, R.M.


    Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid (TSC) was studied using visual assessment of scintigraphic displays and a quantitative temporal model in 210 examinations of 56 transplant recipients. The quantitative temporal model related the immediate pool of the radioagent in the transplant to the fixed allograft accumulation of TSC at 20 minutes after administration. Examinations performed less than 3 days after grafting or steroid pulse therapy were excluded. Rejection was established by clinical and biochemical evaluation in all 84 examinations that showed acute or chronic allograft rejection. Rejection was accurately diagnosed by visual scintigraphic assessment in 82% of the established cases; this improved to 99% with relative temporal quantitation analysis. Sensitivity improved from 78% by visual examination to 95% with temporal quantitation and specificity improved from 83% to 100%.

  14. A diagnostic conundrum: acute interstitial nephritis due to armodafinil versus acute cellular rejection in a renal transplant recipient--a case report.

    Baradhi, K M; Gohh, R


    Acute interstitial nephritis is a well-recognized cause of acute kidney injury in native kidneys. While the most common etiology being drug-induced, other causes are infectious, autoimmune, and idiopathic forms of disease. Drug-induced acute interstitial nephritis is not only uncommon in renal transplant recipients but is difficult to diagnose as it mimics acute cellular rejection histologically. We have described herein a renal transplant recipient with acute kidney injury to highlight the difficulties to distinguish acute interstitial nephritis from acute cellular rejection.

  15. Rejeição de transplantes de córnea: tratamento tópico vs. pulsoterapia - resultados de 10 anos Corneal allograft rejection: topical treatment vs. pulsed intravenous methylprednisolone - ten years' result

    Dácio Carvalho Costa


    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a eficácia da associação de pulsoterapia com 500 mg de metilprednisolona intravenosa ao acetato de prednisolona 1% tópico no tratamento do primeiro episódio de rejeição endotelial de transplantes de córnea. MÉTODOS: Estudo caso-controle retrospectivo com 81 sujeitos que apresentaram o primeiro episódio de rejeição endotelial e submetidos à terapia nos primeiros quinze dias dos sintomas. RESULTADOS: 67 sujeitos foram tratados com acetato de prednisolona 1% tópico de 1 em 1 hora e pulsoterapia com 500 mg de metilprednisolona intravenosa no dia do diagnóstico e 14 sujeitos foram submetidos apenas ao tratamento com acetato de prednisolona 1% tópico formando o grupo controle. Dos 67 sujeitos submetidos a corticoterapia venosa e tópica, 41 (61,19% evoluíram satisfatoriamente e 26 (38,8% apresentaram falência endotelial. Dos 14 sujeitos submetidos apenas à corticoterapia tópica, 4 (28,57% evoluíram com enxerto transparente e os 10 restantes (71,43% com falência endotelial. O teste do qui-quadrado apontou maior taxa de sucesso (pPURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of intravenous 500 mg methylprednisolone in addition to topical treatment with 1% prednisolone in the treatment of the first episode of corneal endothelial rejection in patients that were submitted to corneal allograft transplantation. METHODS: Retrospective case-control study with 81 patients that presented the first episode of corneal endothelial rejection and were treated within the first 15 days of the onset of symptoms. RESULTS: 67 patients were treated with 1% topical prednisolone acetate and pulsed intravenous methylprednisolone 500 mg at the diagnosis of corneal allograft rejection. Fourteen patients were submitted to topical treatment only, thus forming the control group. Forty-one of 67 patients (61.2% that were submitted to pulsed steroid had good outcome and 26 (38.8% presented corneal graft failure while only 4 of 14 patients (28.57% that

  16. Impact of animal strain on gene expression in a rat model of acute cardiac rejection

    Norsworthy Kelly J


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The expression levels of many genes show wide natural variation among strains or populations. This study investigated the potential for animal strain-related genotypic differences to confound gene expression profiles in acute cellular rejection (ACR. Using a rat heart transplant model and 2 different rat strains (Dark Agouti, and Brown Norway, microarrays were performed on native hearts, transplanted hearts, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC. Results In heart tissue, strain alone affected the expression of only 33 probesets while rejection affected the expression of 1368 probesets (FDR 10% and FC ≥ 3. Only 13 genes were affected by both strain and rejection, which was Conclusion In ACR, genetic background has a large impact on the transcriptome of immune cells, but not heart tissue. Gene expression studies of ACR should avoid study designs that require cross strain comparisons between leukocytes.

  17. Infusion of nonmyeloablative bone marrow alleviates acute rejection reaction in liver allotransplantation

    XIE Hai-yang; HUANG Dong-sheng; JIA Chang-ku; ZHENG Shu-sen


    Objective: To study the effect and implication of nonmyeloablative donor specific bone marrow (DSBM) infusion on the immunoreaction of liver allotransplantation. Methods: Orthotopic liver transplantation model was used in this study. Groups were set as follows: Group Ⅰ, syngeneic control (Wistar-to-Wistar); Group Ⅱ, acute rejection (SD-to-Wistar); Group Ⅲ, acute rejection treated with cyclosporine A (CsA) by intramuscular injection (SD-to-Wistar+CsA); Group Ⅳ, bone marrow infusion at 7 d pretransplantation followed by short-term CsA treatment (SD-to-Wistar+DSBM); Another group of short-term CsA treatment preoperatively without bone marrow infusion was also set as control. General characteristics and survival time were observed.Histological grades of rejection were determined by pathological examination. IL-2 and IFN-γ level in peripheral blood and donor liver were detected respectively by Enzyme-Linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay (ELISA) and Western blot. Chimerism of donor cells was measured by PCR for a male-specific marker (Y-chromosome-specific sequence, Sry). Results: No signs of rejection were found in Group Ⅰ. Acute rejection occurred in both Group Ⅱ and the short-term CsA treated group. All the recipients died at (9~15)d posttransplantation with a median survival time of (10.7±0.5) d and (11.2±2.4) d, respectively. Only mild rejection could be seen in Group Ⅲ. In Group Ⅳ, 4 out of 6 recipients had long-term survival (>100 d), the histological grade of rejection was significantly lower than that of Group Ⅱ, so did the expression level of IL-2 and IFN-γ in both peripheral blood and grafted liver.Y-chromosome-specific sequence (Sry) of male SD rats could be detected in the bone marrow, spleen and thymus of female recipients at 15 d after bone marrow infusion. Conclusion: Mild preconditioning nonmyeloablative donor specific bone marrow infusion can enhance chimerism formation in recipients, alleviate the rejection of liver allotransplantation

  18. Identification and treatment of cyclosporine-associated allograft thrombosis

    Schlanger, R.E.; Henry, M.L.; Sommer, B.G.; Ferguson, R.M.


    Endothelial injury associated with cyclosporine (CSA) therapy in the absence of rejection has resulted in irreversible intrarenal allograft thrombosis and transplant loss. Indium 111 (/sup 111/In)-labeled platelet scanning is an effective way to identify those transplants that are at risk for acute loss. Two hundred prospective /sup 111/In scans were obtained (100 on allografts with normal function and 100 with transplant dysfunction of all causes). /sup 111/In scans in patients with dose-dependent CSA nephrotoxicity (N = 58) and biopsy proved acute rejection (N = 22) were negative. Grossly abnormal scans (three to eight times greater than hepatic uptake) were noted in nine recipients identified as having a hemolytic uremic-like syndrome associated with CSA use. Accelerated allograft functional loss was irreversible in six patients despite stopping CSA, systemic anticoagulation, increased steroids and antilymphocyte globulin, and infusion of fresh-frozen plasma. Three patients with grossly positive /sup 111/In scans and clinical and laboratory parameters consistent with this syndrome were treated with cessation of CSA and intra-arterial infusion of streptokinase into the renal allograft followed by systemic heparinization. Normal transplant function was regained and continues at 1, 7, and 8 months after transplant. /sup 111/In-labeled platelet scanning can noninvasively identify this syndrome of CSA-associated arteriopathy and allow for early therapy to reverse it. Intrarenal arterial streptokinase therapy is a successful way to treat acute CSA-associated arteriopathy.

  19. The role of the graft endothelium in transplant rejection: evidence that endothelial activation may serve as a clinical marker for the development of chronic rejection.

    Denton, M D; Davis, S F; Baum, M A; Melter, M; Reinders, M E; Exeni, A; Samsonov, D V; Fang, J; Ganz, P; Briscoe, D M


    In this review, we discuss the role of the allograft endothelium in the recruitment and activation of leukocytes during acute and chronic rejection. We discuss associations among endothelial activation responses, the expression of adhesion molecules, chemokines and chemokine receptors, and rejection; and we propose that endothelial vascular cellular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) may be used as a surrogate marker of acute rejection and allograft vasculopathy. In addition, we describe potential mechanistic interpretations of persistent endothelial cell (EC) expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules in allorecognition. The graft endothelium may provide an antigen-specific signal to transmigrating, previously activated, T cells and may induce B7 expression on locally transmigrating leukocytes to promote costimulation. Taken together, these functions of the EC provide it with a potent regulatory role in rejection and in the maintenance of T-cell activation via the direct and/or the indirect pathways of allorecognition.

  20. Activated Regulatory T Cells Expressing CD4(+)CD25(high)CD45RO(+)CD62L(+) Biomarkers Could Be a Risk Factor in Liver Allograft Rejection.

    Boix, F; Millan, O; San Segundo, D; Mancebo, E; Miras, M; Rimola, A; Fábrega, E; Allende, L; Minguela, A; Paz-Artal, E; López-Hoyos, M; Brunet, M; Muro, M


    Activated regulatory T cells (aTregs) are nowadays a hot topic in organ transplantation to establish their role during acute rejection (AR) episodes. The aim of this multi-center study was to monitor the frequency of aTregs within the first year after transplantation in a cohort of first-time liver transplant recipients enrolled from 2010 to 2012. aTregs frequency was analyzed by means of flow cytometry. Patients who had AR showed higher levels of aTregs during first year after transplantation in comparison with patients who did not have higher levels. High levels of aTregs in liver recipients might be used as a biomarker of AR; however, further studies must be done to address the potential role of aTregs as biomarkers of AR in liver transplantation.

  1. Exploring genetic and non-genetic risk factors for delayed graft function, acute and subclinical rejection in renal transplant recipients

    Moes, Dirk Jan A R; Press, Rogier R; Ackaert, Oliver; Ploeger, Bart A; Bemelman, Frederike J; Diack, Cheikh; Wessels, Judith A M; van der Straaten, Tahar; Danhof, Meindert; Sanders, Jan-Stephan F; Homan van der Heide, Jaap J; Guchelaar, Henk Jan; de Fijter, Johan W


    AIMS: This study aimed at identifying pharmacological factors such as pharmacogenetics and drug exposure as new predictive biomarkers for delayed graft function (DGF), acute rejection (AR) and/or subclinical rejection (SCR). METHODS: Adult renal transplant recipients (n = 361) on cyclosporine-based

  2. Efficacy of isoniazid prophylaxis in renal allograft recipients.

    Naqvi, R; Akhtar, S; Noor, H; Saeed, T; Bhatti, S; Sheikh, R; Ahmed, E; Akhtar, F; Naqvi, A; Rizvi, A


    The efficacy of isoniazid (INH) prophylaxis in renal allograft recipients who are on long-term immunosuppression in a region highly prevalent for tuberculosis (TB) was studied. INH (300 mg/d in patients weighing more than 35 kg and 5 mg/kg/d in patients with Pyridoxine 50 mg/d for 1 year was started in randomly assigned renal allograft recipients. Occurrence of clinical tuberculosis during the initial 2 years posttransplantation was observed in the risk group and patients at no risk. Risks were defined as acute rejection episodes and exposure to antirejection therapy, past history of TB completely or incompletely treated, radiological evidence of past tuberculosis, history of tuberculosis in close contacts. Among 480 patients registered in the study, INH prophylaxis was given to 219 randomly assigned renal allograft recipients. Results were compared among patients developing TB during the initial 2 years posttransplantation in both the groups. Risk factors were analyzed for comparison in both groups. No significant difference was observed in terms of past history of TB, TB in close contacts, episodes of acute rejection during the initial 3 months, and comorbidities such as cytomegalovirus infection, hepatitis C virus infection, and posttransplant diabetes. One patient from the INH group and 10 patients from the non-INH group developed TB during the initial 2 years posttransplantation (P < .0001). None of patients required discontinuation of INH. INH was observed to be safe and effective as a chemoprophylactic agent in renal allograft recipients.

  3. Ex vivo expanded human regulatory T cells delay islet allograft rejection via inhibiting islet-derived monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 production in CD34+ stem cells-reconstituted NOD-scid IL2rγnull mice.

    Fang Xiao

    Full Text Available Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM is an autoimmune disease caused by immune-mediated destruction of insulin-secreting β cells of the pancreas. Near complete dependence on exogenous insulin makes T1DM very difficult to control, with the result that patients are exposed to high blood glucose and risk of diabetic complications and/or intermittent low blood glucose that can cause unconsciousness, fits and even death. Allograft transplantation of pancreatic islets restores normoglycemia with a low risk of surgical complications. However, although successful immediately after transplantation, islets are progressively lost, with most of the patients requiring exogenous insulin within 2 years post-transplant. Therefore, there is an urgent requirement for the development of new strategies to prevent islet rejection. In this study, we explored the importance of human regulatory T cells in the control of islets allograft rejection. We developed a pre-clinical model of human islet transplantation by reconstituting NOD-scid IL2rγnull mice with cord blood-derived human CD34+ stem cells and demonstrated that although the engrafted human immune system mediated the rejection of human islets, their survival was significantly prolonged following adoptive transfer of ex vivo expanded human Tregs. Mechanistically, Tregs inhibited the infiltration of innate immune cells and CD4+ T cells into the graft by down-regulating the islet graft-derived monocyte chemoattractant protein-1. Our findings might contribute to the development of clinical strategies for Treg therapy to control human islet rejection. We also show for the first time that CD34+ cells-reconstituted NOD-scid IL2rγnull mouse model could be beneficial for investigating human innate immunity in vivo.

  4. Diagnosis and management of late hepatic allograft dysfunction

    MEI Jian-min; YU Cong-hui


    Late hepatic allograft dysfunction (LHAD) is common after liver transplantation (LT) and can cause graft failure,retransplantation,or even death.A variety of etiologies including rejection,vascular complications,bile duct complications,recurrent diseases,infections,de novo diseases,neoplasms and drug toxicity can result in LHAD.The recurrent diseases have the potential to become the most serious problems facing LT in the future.It is difficult to differentiate late acute rejection from recurrent viral or autoimmune hepatitis.Accurate diagnosis of the cause of LHAD has therapeutic importance.

  5. Uptake of donor lymphocytes treated with 8-methoxypsoralen and ultraviolet A light by recipient dendritic cells induces CD4{sup +}CD25{sup +}Foxp3{sup +} regulatory T cells and down-regulates cardiac allograft rejection

    Zheng, De-Hua [Organ Transplant Center, Chinese PLA 309th Hospital, No. 17A Hei-Shan-Hu Road, Beijing 100091 (China); Dou, Li-Ping [Department of Hematology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28 Fu-Xing Road, Beijing 100853 (China); Wei, Yu-Xiang; Du, Guo-Sheng; Zou, Yi-Ping; Song, Ji-Yong; Zhu, Zhi-Dong; Cai, Ming; Qian, Ye-Yong [Organ Transplant Center, Chinese PLA 309th Hospital, No. 17A Hei-Shan-Hu Road, Beijing 100091 (China); Shi, Bing-Yi, E-mail: [Organ Transplant Center, Chinese PLA 309th Hospital, No. 17A Hei-Shan-Hu Road, Beijing 100091 (China)


    Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) is an effective immunomodulatory therapy and has been demonstrated to be beneficial for graft-vs-host disease and solid-organ allograft rejection. ECP involves reinfusion of a patient's autologous peripheral blood leukocytes treated ex vivo with 8-methoxypsoralen and UVA light radiation (PUVA). Previous studies focused only on ECP treatment of recipient immune cells. Our study is the first to extend the target of ECP treatment to donor immune cells. The results of in vitro co-culture experiments demonstrate uptake of donor PUVA-treated splenic lymphocytes (PUVA-SPs) by recipient immature dendritic cells (DCs). Phagocytosis of donor PUVA-SPs does not stimulate phenotype maturation of recipient DCs. In the same co-culture system, donor PUVA-SPs enhanced production of interleukin-10 and interferon-{gamma} by recipient DCs and impaired the subsequent capability of recipient DCs to stimulate recipient naive T cells. Phagocytosis of donor PUVA-SP (PUVA-SP DCs) by recipient DCs shifted T-cell responses in favor of T helper 2 cells. Infusion of PUVA-SP DCs inhibited cardiac allograft rejection in an antigen-specific manner and induced CD4{sup +}CD25{sup high}Foxp3{sup +} regulatory T cells. In conclusion, PUVA-SP DCs simultaneously deliver the donor antigen and the regulatory signal to the transplant recipient, and thus can be used to develop a novel DC vaccine for negative immune regulation and immune tolerance induction.

  6. Effect of diabetes and acute rejection on liver transplant outcomes: An analysis of the organ procurement and transplantation network/united network for organ sharing database.

    Kuo, Hung-Tien; Lum, Erik; Martin, Paul; Bunnapradist, Suphamai


    The effects of diabetic status and acute rejection (AR) on liver transplant outcomes are largely unknown. We studied 13,736 liver recipients from the United Network for Organ Sharing/Organ Procurement Transplant Network database who underwent transplantation between 2004 and 2007 with a functioning graft for greater than 1 year. The association of pretransplant diabetes mellitus (PDM), new-onset diabetes after transplant (NODAT), and AR rates on allograft failure, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular mortality were determined. To determine the differential and joint effects of diabetic status and AR on transplant outcomes, recipients were further stratified into 6 groups: neither (reference, n = 6600); NODAT alone (n = 2054); PDM alone (n = 2414); AR alone (n = 1448); NODAT and AR (n = 707); and PDM and AR (n = 513). An analysis with hepatitis C virus (HCV) serostatus was also performed (HCV recipients, n = 6384; and non-HCV recipient, n = 5934). The median follow-up was 2537 days. The prevalence of PDM was 21.3%. At 1 year after transplant, the rates of NODAT and AR were 25.5% and 19.4%, respectively. Overall, PDM, NODAT, and AR were associated with increased risks for graft failure (PDM, hazard ratio [HR] = 1.31, P < 0.01; NODAT, HR = 1.11, P = 0.02; AR, HR = 1.28, P < 0.01). A multivariate Cox regression analysis of the 6 recipient groups demonstrated that NODAT alone was not significantly associated with any study outcomes. The presence of PDM, AR, NODAT and AR, and PDM and AR were associated with higher overall graft failure risk and mortality risk. The presence of PDM was associated with higher cardiovascular mortality risk. The analyses in both HCV-positive and HCV-negative cohorts showed a similar trend as in the overall cohort. In conclusion, PDM and AR, but not NODAT, is associated with increased mortality and liver allograft failure. Liver Transplantation 22 796-804 2016 AASLD.

  7. Juxtarenal Mycotic Aneurysm as a Complication of Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Cholecystitis Treated by Resection and Replacement by a Fresh Allograft.

    Grus, Tomáš; Lambert, Lukáš; Rohn, Vilém; Klika, Tomáš; Grusová, Gabriela; Michálek, Pavel


    We present a case of a female patient with infectious (mycotic) juxtarenal abdominal aneurysm with atypical symptoms beginning as acute exacerbation of chronic cholecystitis. Apart from common antibiotic treatment, the patient successfully underwent resection of the diseased segment and replacement by a fresh allograft in order to reduce the risk of infection of the graft, but with the need of subsequent life-long immunosuppressive therapy. Perioperative monitoring of the spinal cord by near infrared spectroscopy was used to identify possible spinal ischemia. The choice of the fresh allograft was based on our experience supported by review of the literature.

  8. Studies of CTLA4Ig in acute rejection of pancreas transplantation in rats

    Junbo Yu; Zekuan Xu; Shuguang Han; Yi Miao


    Objective: To investigate the protective effect of CTLA4Ig in rejection of pancreaticoduodenal transplantation model of rat. Methods: Pancreaticoduodenal transplantion models were established from the donor F344 rats to the Lewis recipients. The models were divided into 2 groups: Group A and B with 12 rats in each group.2 days after transplantation, reciepients in group A were treated with i.p. injection of sailine, and those in group B CTLA4I were injected(200 μg). On day 1,4,7,10after transplantation, the grafts were harvested for histopathological examination. On day 4 after transplantation, the CD4+CD25+Tcells in the grafts were detected by Flow Cytometry. Results: Compared with group A: the degree of the rejection of grafts in group B was lower. The number of CD4+CD25+ T cells of graft was (7.91±1.26)% in group A and (13.81±1.71)% in group B, which had significant difference(P<0.01). Conclusion: CTLA4Ig could inhibit T cell costimulatory pathway, prevent acute rejection, which might be mediated by increasing the number of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells.

  9. Comparison of multiplex meta analysis techniques for understanding the acute rejection of solid organ transplants

    Khatri Purvesh


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Combining the results of studies using highly parallelized measurements of gene expression such as microarrays and RNAseq offer unique challenges in meta analysis. Motivated by a need for a deeper understanding of organ transplant rejection, we combine the data from five separate studies to compare acute rejection versus stability after solid organ transplantation, and use this data to examine approaches to multiplex meta analysis. Results We demonstrate that a commonly used parametric effect size estimate approach and a commonly used non-parametric method give very different results in prioritizing genes. The parametric method providing a meta effect estimate was superior at ranking genes based on our gold-standard of identifying immune response genes in the transplant rejection datasets. Conclusion Different methods of multiplex analysis can give substantially different results. The method which is best for any given application will likely depend on the particular domain, and it remains for future work to see if any one method is consistently better at identifying important biological signal across gene expression experiments.

  10. Difficulties, guidelines and review of developing an acute rejection model after rat intestinal transplantation.

    Andres, Ane Miren; Santamaria, Monica; Hernandez-Oliveros, Francisco; Guerra, Laura; Lopez, Sergio; Stringa, Pablo; Vallejo, Maria Teresa; Largo, Carlota; Encinas, Jose Luis; Garcia de Las Heras, Maria Soledad; Lopez-Santamaria, Manuel; Tovar, Juan Antonio


    Experimental small bowel transplantation (SBT) in rats has been proven to be a useful tool for the study of ischemia-reperfusion and immunological aspects related to solid organ transplantation. However, the model is not completely refined, specialized literature is scarce and complex technical details are typically omitted or confusing. Most studies related to acute rejection (AR) use the orthotopic standard, with small sample sizes due to its high mortality, whereas those studying chronic rejection (CR) use the heterotopic standard, which allows longer term survival but does not exactly reflect the human clinical scenario. Various animal strains have been used, and the type of rejection and the timing of its analysis differ among authors. The double purpose of this study was to develop an improved unusual AR model of SBT using the heterotopic technique, and to elaborate a guide useful to implement experimental models for studying AR. We analyzed the model's technical details and expected difficulties in overcoming the learning curve for such a complex microsurgical model, identifying the potential problem areas and providing a step-by-step protocol and reference guide for future surgeons interested in the topic. We also discuss the historic and more recent options in the literature.

  11. Lymphoid-Like Structures with Distinct B Cell Areas in Kidney Allografts are not Predictive for Graft Rejection. A Non-human Primate Study

    Jonker, Margreet; Wubben, Jacqueline A. M.; 't Hart, Bert A.; Haanstra, Krista G.


    Kidney allograft biopsies were analyzed for the presence of B cell clusters/aggregates using CD20 staining. Few B cells were found in the diffuse interstitial infiltrates, but clusters of B cells were found in nodular infiltrates. These nodular infiltrates were smaller shortly after transplantation,

  12. Assessment of early renal allograft dysfunction with blood oxygenation level-dependent MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging

    Park, Sung Yoon [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiological Science, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Chan Kyo, E-mail: [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Byung Kwan [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung Ju; Lee, Sanghoon [Department of Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Huh, Wooseong [Department of Nephrology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: • R2* and ADC in renal allografts are moderately correlated with eGFR. • R2* and ADC are lower in early allograft dysfunction than normal allograft function. • No significant difference between AR and ATN was found in both R2* and ADC. - Abstract: Purpose: To investigate blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) at 3 T for assessment of early renal allograft dysfunction. Materials and methods: 34 patients with a renal allograft (early dysfunction, 24; normal, 10) were prospectively enrolled. BOLD MRI and DWI were performed at 3 T. R2* and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were measured in cortex and medulla of the allografts. Correlation between R2* or ADC values and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was investigated. R2* or ADC values were compared among acute rejection (AR), acute tubular necrosis (ATN) and normal function. Results: In all renal allografts, cortical or medullary R2* and ADC values were moderately correlated with eGFR (P < 0.05). Early dysfunction group showed lower R2* and ADC values than normal function group (P < 0.05). AR or ATN had lower R2* values than normal allografts (P < 0.05), and ARs had lower cortical ADC values than normal allografts (P < 0.05). No significant difference of R2* or ADC values was found between AR and ATN (P > 0.05). Conclusion: BOLD MRI and DWI at 3 T may demonstrate early functional state of renal allografts, but may be limited in characterizing a cause of early renal allograft dysfunction. Further studies are needed.

  13. The imbalance of helper T lymphocytes and cytotoxic T lymphocytes in acute renal transplantation rejection



    To investigate the imbalance state of helper T lymphocytes (Th) and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (Tc) and the roles of Th1/Th2/Th3 and Tc1/Tc2 cells in renal transplantation rejection, the percentages of these cells in peripheral blood of 24 cases of renal transplantation recipients with acute rejection and the dynamic changes of the CD4/CD8 ratio were determined by flow cytometry analysis,while 30 cases of healthy individuals were set up as controls. In these healthy controls, the percentages of the Th1, Th2 and Th3 cells were (10.45±8.15)%, (5.05±4.15)% and (3.90±3.21)%,and those of Tc1 and Tc2 cells were (9.83±7.03)% and (4.51±2.17)%, respectively. However,the percentages of Th1 and Tc1 cells in peripheral blood of the stable recipients after transplantation were (7.29±5.62)% and (7.04±5.15)%, showing definite reduction, while those of Th2, Th3and Tc2 cells showed significant increase, (6.34±5.67)%, (4.94±4.14) % and ( 6.86 ±4.42) %, respectively. In case of recipients with acute rejection, the percentages of Th1 and Tc1 cells appeared to be (18.55±13.21)% and (15.84±11.72)%, also showing significant increase, but those of Th2,Th3 and Tc2 cells appeared to be reduced, (4.19±3.62)%, (3.02±2.83)% and (3.88±1.63) %, respectively. Significant differences could be detected among these three groups (P <0.05). The CD4/CD8 ratio in cases with acute rejection was higher than those of stable recipients (2.24±0.59 vs 1.95±0.45), but that of the stable recipients and healthy controls (1.98±0.31 )showed no any significant difference. From the above observation, it is evident that imbalance between Th1, Th2 and Th3 with Te1 and Tc2 cells may exist after renal transplantation and probably, the immune imbalance may be induced through the secretion of cytokines INF-γ by Th1 or Te1 cells , I1-4 by Th2 and Tc2 cells and TGF-β by Th3.

  14. Bacterial translocation in acute rejection after small bowel transplantation in rats.

    Zou, Y; Hernandez, F; Burgos, E; Martinez, L; Gonzalez-Reyes, S; Fernandez-Dumont, V; Lopez, G; Romero, M; Lopez-Santamaria, M; Tovar, J A


    Acute rejection after small bowel transplantation (SBTx) may facilitate bacterial translocation (BT) and subsequent changes in the liver, spleen, and lungs. This study investigated whether BT occurs after acute rejection and whether this is followed by changes in the structure of the intestine and the phagocytic organs interposed between the gut and the general circulation. Orthotopic SBTx was performed in allogeneic (ALLO) rat-strain combinations (BN-Wistar, n=5). For comparison we used syngeneic SBTx (SYN) (BN-BN, n=6) controls. Animals were sacrificed on postoperative day 7. Mesenteric lymph nodes and portal and caval blood were cultured for aerobes and anaerobes. Escherichia coli beta-galactosidase DNA was assessed by polymerase chain reaction in the blood samples. Intestine, liver, spleen, and lung protein and DNA contents were measured. Histologic changes were graded according to standard criteria of acute rejection. For comparisons we used chi(2) and nonparametric Mann-Whitney test with a threshold of significance of p<0.05. ALLO rats lost more weight after SBTx than SYN rats (-13.02+/-4.39% vs. -8.04+/-5.08% of preoperative weight), although the difference was not significant (ns). A variable degree of graft rejection was histologically demonstrated in all ALLO rats, and DNA/protein content in the graft was significantly higher in this group (0.245+/-0.85 vs. 0.134+/-0.21, p<0.05). Gram-negative enteric bacteria were found in 4/5 ALLO and 4/6 SYN rats (ns), and aerobic Gram-positive bacteria in 2/5 and 3/6 (ns), respectively. Anaerobic growth occurred in mesenteric lymph nodes in one ALLO rat and in the bloodstream in another one. E. coli DNA was isolated in none of the ALLO but in two SYN rats (ns). BT was frequent after SBTx in both syngeneic and allogeneic strain combinations. Contrary to our expectations, BT after SBTx was not higher in ALLO group rats. However, anaerobic germs were isolated only in this group.

  15. Towards non-invasive diagnostic techniques for early detection of acute renal transplant rejection: A review

    Elizabeth Hollis


    Full Text Available The kidney is a very important complicated filtering organ of the body. When the kidney reaches stage 5 chronic kidney disease, end stage renal failure, the preeminent therapy is renal transplantation. Although it is the best form of treatment, lack of kidney donors is still challenging. Therefore, all efforts should be employed to prolong the survival rate of the transplanted kidney. However, graft dysfunction (e.g., acute rejection is one of the serious barriers to long term kidney transplant survival. Currently, graft dysfunction’s gold standard of diagnosis is renal biopsy. Although renal biopsy is helpful, it is not preferred due to its invasive nature, high morbidity rates, and expensiveness. Therefore, noninvasive imaging techniques have become the subject of extensive research and interest, giving a strong promise to replace, or at least to decrease, biopsy usage in diagnosing graft dysfunction. This survey will discuss not only the current diagnosis and treatment of graft dysfunction but also the state-of-the-art imaging techniques in detecting acute renal transplant rejection.

  16. Mycophenolate mofetil: safety and efficacy in the prophylaxis of acute kidney transplantation rejection

    Pranav Dalal


    Full Text Available Pranav Dalal1, Monica Grafals2, Darshika Chhabra2, Lorenzo Gallon21Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, USA; 2Northwestern University–Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USAAbstract: Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF, a prodrug of mycophenolic acid (MPA, is an inhibitor of inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH. It preferentially inhibits denovo pathway of guanosine nucleotide synthesis in T and B-lymphocytes and prevents their proliferation, thereby suppresses both cell mediated and humoral immune responses. Clinical trials in kidney transplant recipients have shown the efficacy of MMF in reducing the incidence and severity of acute rejection episodes. It also improves long term graft function as well as graft and patient survival in kidney transplant recipients. MMF is useful as a component of toxicity sparing regimens to reduce or avoid exposure of steroids or calcineurin inhibitor (CNI. Enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium (EC-MPS can be used as an alternative immunosuppressive agent in kidney transplant recipients with efficacy and safety profile similar to MMF.Keywords: mycophenolate mofetil, kidney transplantation, acute rejection, toxicity sparing

  17. Activation of counter-regulatory mechanisms in a rat renal acute rejection model

    Salomon Daniel R


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Microarray analysis provides a powerful approach to identify gene expression alterations following transplantation. In patients the heterogeneity of graft specimens, co-morbidity, co-medications and the challenges in sample collection and preparation complicate conclusions regarding the underlying mechanisms of graft injury, rejection and immune regulation. Results We used a rat kidney transplantation model with strict transplant and sample preparation procedures to analyze genome wide changes in gene expression four days after syngeneic and allogeneic transplantation. Both interventions were associated with substantial changes in gene expression. After allogeneic transplantation, genes and pathways related to transport and metabolism were predominantly down-regulated consistent with rejection-mediated graft injury and dysfunction. Up-regulated genes were primarily related to the acute immune response including antigen presentation, T-cell receptor signaling, apoptosis, interferon signaling and complement cascades. We observed a cytokine and chemokine expression profile consistent with activation of a Th1-cell response. A novel finding was up-regulation of several regulatory and protective genes after allogeneic transplantation, specifically IL10, Bcl2a1, C4bpa, Ctla4, HO-1 and the SOCS family. Conclusion Our data indicate that in parallel with the predicted activation of immune response and tissue injury pathways, there is simultaneous activation of pathways for counter regulatory and protective mechanisms that would balance and limit the ongoing inflammatory/immune responses. The pathophysiological mechanisms behind and the clinical consequences of alterations in expression of these gene classes in acute rejection, injury and dysfunction vs. protection and immunoregulation, prompt further analyses and open new aspects for therapeutic approaches.

  18. The diagnostic value of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in renal allograft rejection%超声造影在移植肾排斥反应中的诊断价值

    张红; 李荔; 李嫚


    Objective To observe characteristics of the renal allograft rejection in contrast-enhanced ultrasound and to analyse ultrasonic imaging and seek for the quantitative index of the diagnosis of the renal allograft rejection. Methods There were 20 cases of renal transplant patients with abnormality in group A and 10 cases in group B with normality. A and B were conducted normal routine ultrasound examination and contrast-enhanced ultrasound examination. The imaging of microcirculation was swreyed. and then perfusion application was analyed uwing software to the interested region to analyse quantitative index AUC(Area Under The Curve). and statistical analysis was performed. Results Graft microcirculation infusion in group B was obviously better than that in group At Analytical indicator (AUC) of group A and group B was statistically significant differences ( P <0. 05). Conclusion Contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging can detect dynamically the changes of the graft microcirculation perfusions Quantitative index (AUC) for diagnosis of renal allograft rejection provides a more reliable and objective imaging basis.%目的 观测移植肾排斥反应的超声造影特点,分析造影图像,寻求超声造影诊断移植肾排斥反应的定量指标.方法 选取患者30例,将患者分为A、B两组,A组20例肾功能异常和B组10例移植肾功能正常患者分别进行常规超声检查和超声造影检查,观察造影时微循环灌注情况并应用造影分析软件对感兴趣区域分析定量指标曲线下面积AUC(Area Under The Curve),然后进行统计分析.结果 A组移植肾微循环的灌注明显比B组差;A组与B组的分析指标AUC差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 超声造影可以动态检测移植肾发生排斥反应时微循环灌注的改变;定量指标AUC为诊断移植肾排斥反应提供了较为可靠、客观的影像学依据.

  19. Renal allograft loss in the first post-operative month: causes and consequences.

    Phelan, Paul J


    Early transplant failure is a devastating outcome after kidney transplantation. We report the causes and consequences of deceased donor renal transplant failure in the first 30 d at our center between January 1990 and December 2009. Controls were adult deceased donor transplant patients in the same period with an allograft that functioned >30 d. The incidence of early graft failure in our series of 2381 consecutive deceased donor transplants was 4.6% (n = 109). The causes of failure were allograft thrombosis (n = 48; 44%), acute rejection (n = 19; 17.4%), death with a functioning allograft (n = 17; 15.6%), primary non-function (n = 14;12.8%), and other causes (n = 11; 10.1%). Mean time to allograft failure was 7.3 d. There has been a decreased incidence of all-cause early failure from 7% in 1990 to <1% in 2009. Patients who developed early failure had longer cold ischemia times when compared with patients with allografts lasting >30 d (p < 0.001). Early allograft failure was strongly associated with reduced patient survival (p < 0.001). In conclusion, early renal allograft failure is associated with a survival disadvantage, but has thankfully become less common in recent years.

  20. Renal Allograft Torsion: US and CT Imaging Findings of a Rare Posttransplant Complication

    Rohit Dewan


    Full Text Available Vascular torsion is a rare renal transplant complication which requires prompt diagnosis and surgery to salvage allograft function. We report here a case of renal allograft torsion with interesting imaging findings on unenhanced CT and color Doppler ultrasound. A 60-year-old woman with a history of pancreas and kidney transplant presented to the emergency room with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and minimal urine output. Unenhanced CT of the abdomen demonstrated an enlarged and malrotated renal allograft with moderate hydronephrosis. Color Doppler ultrasound demonstrated lack of vascularity within the allograft. The patient was taken urgently to the operating room where the renal allograft was found twisted 360 degrees around the vascular pedicle. After the allograft was detorsed, the color of the kidney returned and the Doppler signals for arterial flow improved. Intraoperative biopsy showed no evidence of infarct or acute cellular rejection. The detorsed kidney was surgically fixed in position in its upper and lower poles. Follow-up ultrasound 1 day later demonstrated normal blood flow to the renal allograft and the serum level of creatinine returned to normal.

  1. Renal Allograft Torsion: US and CT Imaging Findings of a Rare Posttransplant Complication.

    Dewan, Rohit; Dasyam, Anil K; Tan, Henke; Furlan, Alessandro


    Vascular torsion is a rare renal transplant complication which requires prompt diagnosis and surgery to salvage allograft function. We report here a case of renal allograft torsion with interesting imaging findings on unenhanced CT and color Doppler ultrasound. A 60-year-old woman with a history of pancreas and kidney transplant presented to the emergency room with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and minimal urine output. Unenhanced CT of the abdomen demonstrated an enlarged and malrotated renal allograft with moderate hydronephrosis. Color Doppler ultrasound demonstrated lack of vascularity within the allograft. The patient was taken urgently to the operating room where the renal allograft was found twisted 360 degrees around the vascular pedicle. After the allograft was detorsed, the color of the kidney returned and the Doppler signals for arterial flow improved. Intraoperative biopsy showed no evidence of infarct or acute cellular rejection. The detorsed kidney was surgically fixed in position in its upper and lower poles. Follow-up ultrasound 1 day later demonstrated normal blood flow to the renal allograft and the serum level of creatinine returned to normal.

  2. CT perfusion technique for assessment of early kidney allograft dysfunction: preliminary results

    Helck, A.; Notohamiprodjo, M.; Schoen, F.; Nikolaou, K.; Clevert, D.A.; Reiser, M.; Becker, C. [Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals Grosshadern, Munich (Germany); Wessely, M.; Schoenermarck, U.; Fischereder, M. [Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Department of Internal Medicine IV, Nephrology, University Hospitals Grosshadern, Munich (Germany); Klotz, E. [Siemens Healthcare, Computed Tomography, Forchheim (Germany)


    To assess the benefit of quantitative computed tomography (CT) perfusion for differentiating acute tubular necrosis (ATN) and acute rejection (AR) in kidney allografts. Twenty-two patients with acute kidney allograft dysfunction caused by either AR (n = 6) or ATN (n = 16) were retrospectively included in the study. All patients initially underwent a multiphase CT angiography (CTA) protocol (12 phases, one phase every 3.5 s) covering the whole graft to exclude acute postoperative complications. Multiphase CT dataset and dedicated software were used to calculate renal blood flow. Renal biopsy or clinical course of disease served as the standard of reference. Mean effective radiation dose and mean amount of contrast media were calculated. Renal blood flow values were significantly lower (P = 0.001) in allografts undergoing AR (48.3 {+-} 21 ml/100 ml/min) compared with those with ATN (77.5 {+-} 21 ml/100 ml/min). No significant difference (P = 0.71) was observed regarding creatinine level with 5.65 {+-} 3.1 mg/dl in AR and 5.3 {+-} 1.9 mg/dl in ATN. The mean effective radiation dose of the CT perfusion protocol was 13.6 {+-} 5.2 mSv; the mean amount of contrast media applied was 34.5 {+-} 5.1 ml. All examinations were performed without complications. CT perfusion of kidney allografts may help to differentiate between ATN and rejection. (orig.)

  3. Clinical Significance of HLA-DQ Antibodies in the Development of Chronic Antibody-Mediated Rejection and Allograft Failure in Kidney Transplant Recipients.

    Lee, Hyeyoung; Min, Ji Won; Kim, Ji-Il; Moon, In-Sung; Park, Ki-Hyun; Yang, Chul Woo; Chung, Byung Ha; Oh, Eun-Jee


    With the development of the single antigen beads assay, the role of donor specific alloantibody (DSA) against human leukocyte antigens in kidney transplantation (KT) has been highlighted. This study aimed to investigate the clinical significance of DQ-DSA detected at renal allograft biopsy. We evaluated 263 KT recipients who underwent allograft biopsy and DSA detection at the same time. Among them, 155 patients who were nonsensitized before transplantation were selected to investigate the role of de-novo DQ-DSA. Both the total and nonsensitized subgroup was categorized into 4 groups each according to DSA results as: DQ only, DQ + non-DQ, non-DQ, and no DSA. In the total patient group, post-KT DSA was positive in 79 (30.0%) patients and DQ-DSA was most prevalent (64.6%). In the nonsensitized subgroup, de-novo DSAs were detected in 45 (29.0%) patients and DQ-DSA was also most prevalent (73.3%). The DQ only group showed a significantly longer post-KT duration compared to the other groups (P chronic AMR, only DQ-DSA showed significance in both the total and the nonsensitized subgroup (P chronic tissue injury were more frequently detected in the groups with DQ-DSA. The worst postbiopsy survival was seen in the DQ + non-DQ group of the total patient group, and patients with de-novo DQ-DSA showed poorer graft survival in the nonsensitized subgroup compared to the no DSA group (P failure (P chronic AMR. These findings suggest that the detection of DQ-DSA in nonsensitized patients is significantly associated with the development of chronic AMR and late allograft failure. Therefore monitoring of DQ-DSA not only in sensitized patients, but also nonsensitized patients may be necessary to improve long-term allograft outcomes.

  4. Kidney injury molecule-1 expression is closely associated with renal allograft damage.

    Song, Lianlian; Xue, Lijuan; Yu, Jinyu; Zhao, Jun; Zhang, Wenlan; Fu, Yaowen


    The aim of our study was to investigate the expression of kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) in renal allograft biopsy samples and assess the clinical significance of its use as a biomarker for tissue damage. A total of 69 renal allograft biopsy samples from 17 patients with normal serum creatinine and 52 cases of increased serum creatinine were collected. They were divided into different groups according to the Banff 2007 diagnostic criteria. KIM-1 expression was detected by immunohistochemical methods and the association of KIM-1 and blood biochemical indexes was analyzed. KIM-1 expression increased as Banff 2007 classification grade increased and was positively correlated with tubular inflammation severity in the acute T-cell rejection group. Moreover, KIM-1 expression was strongly positive in the chronic active antibody-mediated rejection group. Interestingly, KIM-1 was weakly positive in the normal group without obvious acute rejection and injury of immunosuppressant toxicity. In this group, 27.3% (3/11) of the cases with normal serum creatinine level showed weakly positive KIM-1 expression in their renal tissues. KIM-1 expression level is positively correlated with renal allograft damage and tubular cell injury. KIM-1 is expressed in tubular epithelial cells before blood biochemical indexes become elevated and morphological changes occur. KIM-1 expression is an early, sensitive, and specific biomarker to determine renal tubular epithelial cell injury in renal allograft tissue.

  5. Mycophenolate mofetil toxicity mimicking acute cellular rejection in a small intestinal transplant

    Apostolov, Ross; Asadi, Khashayar; Lokan, Julie; Kam, Ning; Testro, Adam


    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is an important medication used for maintenance immunosuppression in solid organ transplants. A common gastrointestinal (GI) side effect of MMF is enterocolitis, which has been associated with multiple histological features. There is little data in the literature describing the histological effects of MMF in small intestinal transplant (SIT) recipients. We present a case of MMF toxicity in a SIT recipient, with histological changes in the donor ileum mimicking persistent acute cellular rejection (ACR). Concurrent biopsies of the patient’s native colon showed similar changes to those from the donor small bowel, suggesting a non-graft specific process, raising suspicion for MMF toxicity. The MMF was discontinued and complete resolution of these changes occurred over three weeks. MMF toxicity should therefore be considered as a differential diagnosis for ACR and graft-versus-host disease in SITs. PMID:28280702

  6. Cardiac retransplantation is an efficacious therapy for primary cardiac allograft failure

    Acker Michael A


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although orthotopic heart transplantation has been an effective treatment for end-stage heart failure, the incidence of allograft failure has increased, necessitating treatment options. Cardiac retransplantation remains the only viable long-term solution for end-stage cardiac allograft failure. Given the limited number of available donor hearts, the long term results of this treatment option need to be evaluated. Methods 709 heart transplants were performed over a 20 year period at our institution. Repeat cardiac transplantation was performed in 15 patients (2.1%. A retrospective analysis was performed to determine the efficacy of cardiac retransplantation. Variables investigated included: 1 yr and 5 yr survival, length of hospitalization, post-operative complications, allograft failure, recipient and donor demographics, renal function, allograft ischemic time, UNOS listing status, blood group, allograft rejection, and hemodynamic function. Results Etiology of primary graft failure included transplant arteriopathy (n = 10, acute rejection (n = 3, hyperacute rejection (n = 1, and a post-transplant diagnosis of metastatic melanoma in the donor (n = 1. Mean age at retransplantation was 45.5 ± 9.7 years. 1 and 5 year survival for retransplantation were 86.6% and 71.4% respectively, as compared to 90.9% and 79.1% for primary transplantation. Mean ejection fraction was 67.3 ± 12.2% at a mean follow-up of 32.6 ± 18.5 mos post-retransplant; follow-up biopsy demonstrated either ISHLT grade 1A or 0 rejection (77.5 ± 95.7 mos post-transplant. Conclusion Cardiac retransplantation is an efficacious treatment strategy for cardiac allograft failure.

  7. Calprotectin - A novel noninvasive marker for intestinal allograft monitoring

    Sudan, Debra; Vargas, Luciano; Sun, Yimin; Bok, Lisette; Dijkstra, Gerard; Langnas, Alan


    Objective: To identify a noninvasive screening test for intestinal allograft monitoring. Summary Background Data: Intestinal allograft rejection is difficult to distinguish from other causes of diarrhea and can rapidly lead to severe exfoliation or death. Protocol biopsies are standard for allograft

  8. Functional changes of dendritic cells derived from allogeneic partial liver graft undergoing acute rejection in rats

    Ming-Qing Xu; Zhen-Xiang Yao


    4 days after transplantation (P<0.001) was observed.CONCLUSION: DCs derived from allogeneic partial liver graftundergoing acute rejection display features of mature DC.

  9. 基因表达谱监测心脏移植排斥反应%Gene expression profile to monitor cardiac allograft rejection

    陈浩; 于伟勇; 程韵枫


    @@ Introduction Despite improved immunosuppression, rejection still accounts for significant morbidity and mortality after heart transplantation[1].Any method that improves early detection and hence treatment of rejection is likely to lead to improved long-term survival.Serial surveillance endomyocardial biopsies (EMB) following cardiac transplantation have become an integral component of post-transplant management.However, EMB is invasive, expensive, variable[2] and causes low but definitemorbidity[3].

  10. Immunologic role of nitric oxide in acute rejection of golden hamster to rat liver xenotransplantation

    Tong-Jin Diao; Tong-Ye Yuan; You-Lin Li


    AIM: To evaluate the immunologic role and expressionsignificances of nitric oxide(NO), nitric oxide synthase(NOS),and its isoenzyme in acute rejection to liverxenografts from golden hamster in rat.METHODS: Liver transplantations were randomlydivided into five groups(n=6-9):isografts (group I );xenografts (groupⅡ); xenografts plus cyclosporinetreatment (group Ⅲ), xenografts pluscyclophosphamide treatment combined withsplenectomy (group Ⅳ), and xenografts usingcyclophosphamide in combination with splenectomy(group Ⅳ) and xenografts using splenectomy inaddition to cyclophosphamide and cyclosporinetreatments(group V) .The levels of ALT, TNF- α, andnitric oxide production(NOx) in serum of reciprentswere examined,and expressions of type Ⅱ (iNOS) andtypeⅢ (cNOS) nitric oxide synthase(NOS)-inducibleNOS(iNOS) and constitutive NOS(cNOS) wereobserved by NADPH diaphorase histochemical andimmunohistochemical staining.RESULTS: The level of serum ALT, activity of serumTNF-α and systemic levels of NO metabolite in groupsⅡand Ⅳ were higher than those of groups Ⅰ andy(serum ALT, 2416±475, 2540±82.5) nkat. L-1 vs(556.8±43.5, 677.30±38.2 ) nkat. L-1, P<0.01;(serum TNF-α, 353.5±16.1,444.6±28.1) ng.L-1 vs38.5±5.2, 52.0±5.7) ng.L-1, P<0.01; (serum NOx514.6 ± 18.1, 336.0 ± 43.0 )nmol.g-1, vs 26.1 ± 5.7, 27.7±6.0) nmol.g-1, P<0.01.Cyclosporine in group Ⅲcan repress the cellular immune response and thesynthesis of nitric oxide and the expression of NOsynthase,but not prolong the liver xenograftsurvival.The over-expression of NOS, iNOS and cNOSin liver xenograft rejection in groups Ⅱand Ⅳ weredetected by NADPH diaphorase histochemical andimmunohistochemical staining.CONCLUSION: The degrees of acute rejection can beeffectively repressed in golden hamster to rat liverxenografts with splenectomy and cyclosporine. Nitricoxide metabolites, and nitric oxide synthase and itsisoenzymes,above all inducible NOS (iNOS) can beused as potential diagnostic

  11. 移植肾组织中C4d沉积、浆细胞聚集性浸润及其与体液性排斥反应的关系%A retrospective study on the deposition of peritubular capillary C4d and infiltration of plasmocytes nodules in renal allograft and their correlations with humoral rejection

    许晓光; 石炳毅; 蔡明; 王强; 韩永; 周文强; 许亮; 肖漓


    9 cases with the percentage being 42. 5 %,62. 5 %,57. 5 %,and 22. 5 respectively. Among the triple positive cases, there were 3 cases of acute cellular rejection,one case of hyperacute rejection, and 5 cases of chronic humoral rejection. The Spearman analysis revealed the relativity of C4d deposition with the expression of CD38 and CD138 (P<0. 05 and P<0. 01 ). In the control group, there was one case positive for C4d and one case positive for CD38 respectively. Conclusion There was relativities of C4d deposition with the expression of CD38 and CD138, suggesting the plasmocytes nodules infiltrated in renal allografts probably participate in the humoral rejection though secreting antibodies locally.

  12. Transduction of interleukin-10 through renal artery attenuates vascular neointimal proliferation and infiltration of immune cells in rat renal allograft.

    Xie, Jingxin; Li, Xueyi; Meng, Dan; Liang, Qiujuan; Wang, Xinhong; Wang, Li; Wang, Rui; Xiang, Meng; Chen, Sifeng


    Renal transplantation is the treatment of choice for end-stage renal failure. Although acute rejection is not a major issue anymore, chronic rejection, especially vascular rejection, is still a major factor that might lead to allograft dysfunction on the long term. The role of the local immune-regulating cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) in chronic renal allograft is unclear. Many clinical observations showed that local IL-10 level was negatively related to kidney allograft function. It is unknown this negative relationship was the result of immunostimulatory property or insufficient immunosuppression property of local IL-10. We performed ex vivo transduction before transplantation through artery of the renal allograft using adeno-associated viral vectors carrying IL-10 gene. Twelve weeks after transplantation, we found intrarenal IL-10 gene transduction significantly inhibited arterial neointimal proliferation, the number of occluded intrarenal artery, interstitial fibrosis, peritubular capillary congestion and glomerular inflammation in renal allografts compared to control allografts receiving PBS or vectors carrying YFP. IL-10 transduction increased serum IL-10 level at 4 weeks but not at 8 and 12 weeks. Renal IL-10 level increased while serum creatinine decreased significantly in IL-10 group at 12 weeks compared to PBS or YFP controls. Immunohistochemical staining showed unchanged total T cells (CD3) and B cells (CD45R/B220), decreased cytotoxic T cells (CD8), macrophages (CD68) and increased CD4+ and FoxP3+ cells in IL-10 group. In summary, intrarenal IL-10 inhibited the allograft rejection while modulated immune response.




    Preliminary studies suggested that mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), which inhibits proliferation of T and B cells, may reduce the frequency of acute rejection after renal transplantation. Our randomised, double-blind, multicentre, placebo-controlled study compared the efficacy and safety of MMF with pla

  14. Association of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 +49A/G gene polymorphism with acute rejection risk in renal transplantation.

    Yang, Chun-Hua; Chen, Xue-Xia; Chen, Li; Zheng, Dong-Hua; Liu, Qiong-Shan; Xie, Wen-Feng


    The conclusions on the association between cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA4) +49A/G gene polymorphism and acute rejection risk in renal transplantation are still debated. This meta-analysis was performed to update the association between CTLA4 +49A/G and acute rejection risk in renal transplantation. The association investigations were identified from PubMed and Cochrane Library, and eligible studies were included and synthesized using meta-analysis method. Fourteen reports were included into this meta-analysis for the association of CTLA4 A/G gene polymorphism and acute rejection risk in renal transplantation, consisting of 962 acute rejection patients and 2084 non-acute rejection controls. The association between CTLA4 G allele/GG genotype and acute rejection risk in renal transplantation was found in this meta-analysis (G allele: OR=1.21, 95% CI: 1.03-1.44, P=.02; GG genotype: OR=1.37, 95% CI: 1.10-1.69, P=.004). However, the AA genotype was not associated with acute rejection risk in renal transplantation. In conclusion, CTLA4 G allele/GG genotype is associated with the acute rejection risk in renal transplantation.

  15. 斑点追踪显像评价心脏移植大鼠急性排异反应%Evaluating acute rejection after heterotopic cardiac transplantation in rats by speckle tracking imaging

    史静; 潘翠珍; 舒先红; 孙敏敏; 杨兆华; 朱仕杰; 王春生


    目的 应用斑点追踪显像(speckle tracking imaging,STI)技术评价腹腔心脏移植大鼠急性排异反应.方法 将Brown Norway大鼠和Lewis大鼠心脏分别移植入Brown Norway大鼠的腹腔.将其分为同基因移植组(n=10)和异基因移植组(n=8),异基因移植组分为无环孢素A组、低剂量环孢素A组(3 mg·kg-1·d-1)、高剂量环孢素A组(10 mg·kg-1·d-1),术后7 d采集大鼠移植心脏左室乳头肌水平短轴切面图像并应用STI分析其左室收缩期应变及应变率峰值,同时与移植心脏病理分级比较.结果 左室后壁厚度仅在无环孢素A组大鼠中增加.左室射血分数在异基因移植组较同基因移植组降低,但是在低剂量环孢素A组和无环孢素A组间差异无统计学意义.径向应变率在无环孢素A组较同基因移植组降低,但是低剂量和高剂量环孢素A组与同基因移植组间差异无统计学意义.环向应变和应变率在四组间结果 相似.而径向应变在这几组间显示环孢素剂量依赖性的降低[无环孢素A组(2.8±1.3)%,低剂量环孢素A组(5.2±0.9)%,高剂量环孢素A组(6.3±1.8)%,同基因移植组(12.7±7.9)%,P<0.001].排异分级在未治疗异基因组最高,呈环孢素剂量依赖性的减低.径向应变和排异反应程度呈明显负相关(r=-0.812,P<0.0000).结论 STI获得的左室径向应变随着移植大鼠的心脏急性排异程度的增高而减小.左室径向应变可以反映移植大鼠心脏急性排异程度.%Objective To examine whether speckle tracking imaging(STI) could provide for the assessment of acute cardiac rejection. Methods Hearts from Brown Norway rats or Lewis rats were transplanted into other Brown Norway rats. Isografts and groups of allografts either untreated or treated with cyclosporin A (CsA) at a low dose (3 mg ·kg-1 ·d-1) or high dose (10mg · kg-1 ·d-1) from 1 day before transplantation were compared at posttransplantation day 7. Results Echocardiography

  16. Current perspectives on antibody-mediated rejection after lung transplantation

    Witt CA


    Full Text Available Chad A Witt, Ramsey R Hachem Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA Abstract: The role of donor-specific antibodies (DSA to human leukocyte antigens and the burden of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR in lung transplantation remain enigmatic. Over the past several years, evidence has been emerging that humoral immunity plays an important role in the development of both acute and chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD. Multiple case reports and case series have identified lung allograft recipients with clinical findings consistent with acute AMR. However, there is currently no widely accepted definition for AMR in lung transplantation, and this has been a significant barrier to furthering our understanding of this form of rejection. Nonetheless, the development of DSA after transplantation has consistently been identified as an independent risk factor for persistent and high-grade acute cellular rejection and CLAD. This has raised the possibility that chronic AMR may be a distinct phenotype of CLAD although evidence supporting this paradigm is still lacking. Additionally, antibodies to lung-restricted self-antigens (collagen V and K-α 1 tubulin have been associated with primary graft dysfunction early and the development of CLAD late after transplantation, and emerging evidence underscores significant interactions between autoimmunity and alloimmunity after transplantation. There is currently an active International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation working group that is developing an operational definition for AMR in lung transplantation. This will be critical to improve our understanding of this form of rejection and conduct clinical trials to identify optimal treatment strategies. This review will summarize the literature on DSA and AMR in lung transplantation and discuss the impact of antibodies to self-antigens on lung

  17. C4d immunoreactivity of intraoperative zero-hour biopsy in renal allograft.

    Lee, C; Park, J H; Suh, J H; Kim, H W; Moon, K C


    C4d deposition in the peritubular capillaries is known to be correlated with antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in renal allografts. An intraoperative zero-hour biopsy during transplantation is considered an indicator to indirectly determine the status of the donor kidney. In this study, we investigated the relationship between C4d immunoreactivity of intraoperative zero-hour biopsy in renal allograft, thought to be due to donor condition, and acute rejection episodes during follow-up. We collected 147 renal transplantation cases examining intraoperative zero-hour biopsy with C4d immunohistochemical staining. All cases were from the Seoul National University Hospital between 2010 and 2011. Of the 147 cases, 24 (16.3%) showed strong C4d staining in the glomeruli, 38 (25.9%) showed weak staining, and the remainder (57.8%) showed negative staining. Nine cases (6.1%) showed positive C4d staining in the arterioles, and the remainder (93.9%) were negative. There were no significant differences between acute T-cell-mediated rejection and acute AMR episodes in the renal allograft specimens during follow-up according to the glomerular or arteriolar C4d immunoreactivity of the intraoperative zero-hour biopsy specimens.

  18. Changes in dendritic cells and dendritic cell subpopulations in peripheral blood of recipients during acute rejection after kidney transplantation

    Ma Linlin; Liu Yong; Wu Junjie; Xu Xiuhong; Liu Fen; Feng Lang; Xie Zelin


    Background Advances in transplantation immunology show that the balance between dendritic cells (DCs) and their subsets can maintain stable immune status in the induction of tolerance after transplantation.The aim of this study was to investigate if DCs and DC subpopulations in recipient peripheral blood are effective diagnostic indicators of acute rejection following kidney transplantation.Methods Immunofluorescent flow cytometry was used to classify white blood cells (WBCs),the levels of mononuclear cells and DCs (including the dominant subpopulations,plasmacytoid DC (pDC) and myeloid DC (mDC)) in peripheral blood at 0,1,7,and 28 days and 1 year after kidney transplantation in 33 patients.In addition,the blood levels of interleukin-10 (IL-10) and IL-12 were monitored before and after surgery.Fifteen healthy volunteers served as normal controls.Patients were undertaking hemodialysis owing to uremia before surgery.Results The total number of DCs,pDC,and mDC in peripheral blood and the pDC/mDC ratio were significantly lower in patients than controls (P <0.05).Peripheral DCs suddenly decreased at the end of day 1,then gradually increased through day 28 but remained below normal levels.After 1 year,levels were higher than before surgery but lower than normal.The mDC levels were higher in patients with acute rejection before and 1 day after surgery (P <0.005).There was no significant difference in IL-10 and IL-12 levels between patients with and without acute rejection.Conclusion The changes in DCs and DC subpopulations during the acute rejection period may serve as effective markers and referral indices for monitoring the immune state,and predicting rejection and reasonably adjusting immunosuppressants.

  19. 雷帕霉素对小鼠移植排斥反应及免疫功能的影响%Effect of rapamycin on allograft rejection and immune response in mice

    陆莉; 林志彬


    目的:研究雷帕霉素(rapamycin, RAPA)对小鼠移植排斥反应及免疫功能的影响。方法:小鼠同种异型耳后心脏移植和皮肤移植,二硝基氟苯(dinitro-fluorobenzene, DNFB)诱导的迟发型超敏反应(delayed type hypersensitivity, DTH)的测定,溶血素的测定, 小鼠腹腔巨噬细胞吞噬中性红实验。结果:RAPA可显著延长小鼠同种异型心脏及皮肤移植的存活期;显著抑制小鼠DTH反应;并使绵羊红细胞(sheep red blood cell, SRBC)致敏小鼠溶血素生成显著下降;对小鼠腹腔巨噬细胞吞噬中性红作用无明显影响。结论:雷帕霉素可抑制小鼠同种异型移植排斥反应,抑制小鼠细胞及体液免疫功能,但不影响非特异免疫功能。%Objective:To investigate the effects of rapamycin on allograft rejecti on and immune response in mice. Methods:The heterotopic ear-hea rt grafting or sk in grafting were done in mice. The delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH) response i nduced by dinitro-fluorobenzene (DNFB), the production of hemolysin of mouse sensitized by sheep red blo od cell (SRBC) and the neutral red phagocytosis of the peritoneal macrophage wer e also tested in mice. Results:RAPA significantly blocked allograft reject ion of heart and skin, markedly inhibited DTH response and decreased the production of hemolysin,but had no significant effect on the neutral red phagocytosis of the p eritoneal macrophage. Conclusion:RAPA potently blocked allograft rej ections in mi ce and suppressed cellular and humoral immune response, but had no significant e ffect on phagocytoses of macrophage.

  20. Prostanoids modulate inflammation and alloimmune responses during graft rejection

    P.N. Rocha


    Full Text Available Acute rejection of a transplanted organ is characterized by intense inflammation within the graft. Yet, for many years transplant researchers have overlooked the role of classic mediators of inflammation such as prostaglandins and thromboxane (prostanoids in alloimmune responses. It has been demonstrated that local production of prostanoids within the allograft is increased during an episode of acute rejection and that these molecules are able to interfere with graft function by modulating vascular tone, capillary permeability, and platelet aggregation. Experimental data also suggest that prostanoids may participate in alloimmune responses by directly modulating T lymphocyte and antigen-presenting cell function. In the present paper, we provide a brief overview of the alloimmune response, of prostanoid biology, and discuss the available evidence for the role of prostaglandin E2 and thromboxane A2 in graft rejection.

  1. Experimental Study of IL-17 on Cardiac Allograft Rejection in Mice%IL-17参与小鼠心脏移植排斥反应的实验研究

    雷钧; 何凡; 吴敏; 郑翔; 李舒媛; 陈知水


    Objective To investigate the role of Thl7 cells and their cytokines in cardiac allograft rejection in mice. Methods The heterotopic cardiac transplantation models were divided into two groups:rejection group and isograft group. Mean survival time(MST)was measured. The mouse hearts in each group were harvested on the day 1,2,3,4 ,5,6,7,and 8 post-transplantation. The mRNA expression of IL-17, RORγt and IFN-γ was detected by semiquantitative RT-PCR. The expression of IL-17 in CD4~+ or CD8~+ T cells was observed on the postoperative day 4 by immunofluorescence technique. Results RT-PCR revealed that IL-17 and RORγt mRNA was expressed earlier than IFN-γ, their expression was detected on the second day after transplantation, the expression quantity reached the peak on the postoperative day 4,then gradually reduced,and on the postoperative day 6 and 7,no expression was detectable. Immunofluorescence staining demonstrated that both CD4~+ and CD8~+ T cells were present,but the majority of the graft-infiltrating lymphocytes in rejection group were IL-17-producing CD4~+ T cells. Conclusion Thl7 cells may play an important role in the development of cardiac transplant rejection. IL-17 could serve as a predictive parameter for allograft rejection in the future.%目的 研究Th17细胞相关因子白细胞介素17(IL-17)在小鼠心脏移植排斥反应中的表达及意义.方法 建立小鼠颈部异位心脏移植模型,实验动物随机分为同系移植组和急性排斥反应组.观察2组供心存活时间,应用RT-PCR检测移植心脏IL-17、核孤独受体γt(RORγt)、干扰素-γ(IFN-γ)mRNA在移植术后1、2、3、4、5、6、7、8 d的动态表达水平.免疫荧光法观察移植术后第4天移植心脏内CD4~+、CD8~+T细胞中IL-17的表达情况.结果 RT-PCR检测显示,在急性排斥反应组中,IL-17和RORγt mRNA的表达都早于IFN-γ,在移植术后第2天即可于移植心脏中检测到,其表达量在术后第4天均达到高峰,随后逐

  2. Left versus right deceased donor renal allograft outcome.

    Phelan, Paul J


    It has been suggested that the left kidney is easier to transplant than the right kidney because of the longer length of the left renal vein, facilitating the formation of the venous anastomosis. There are conflicting reports of differing renal allograft outcomes based on the side of donor kidney transplanted (left or right).We sought to determine the effect of side of donor kidney on early and late allograft outcome in our renal transplant population. We performed a retrospective analysis of transplanted left-right deceased donor kidney pairs in Ireland between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2008. We used a time to death-censored graft failure approach for long-term allograft survival and also examined serum creatinine at different time points post-transplantation. All outcomes were included from day of transplant onwards. A total of 646 transplants were performed from 323 donors. The incidence of delayed graft function was 16.1% in both groups and there was no significant difference in acute rejection episodes or serum creatinine from 1 month to 8 years post-transplantation.There were 47 death-censored allograft failures in the left-sided group compared to 57 in the right-sided group (P = 0.24). These observations show no difference in renal transplant outcome between the recipients of left- and right-sided deceased donor kidneys.

  3. Is biliary bile acid a good predictor for acute cellular rejection in living donor liver transplantation?

    Mohammed Saied Hedaya; Walid M. El Moghazy; YamamotoYasutomo; Tomioka Kiyoshi; Toshimi Kaido; Hiroto Egawa; Shinji Uemoto; Yasutsugu Takada


    BACKGROUND: In liver transplantation, acute cellular rejection (ACR) is still a major complication that can lead to mortality. Bile secretion has been considered as a marker of early graft function. METHODS: The study included 41 adults who received living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) at Kyoto University Hospital between April 2007 and February 2008. The patients were stratified according to the presence or absence of ACR. Bile samples were collected from donors once and from recipients every other day for the first 2 weeks after transplantation. Total bile acid (BA) and taurine-conjugated bile acid (TCBA) in bile were measured by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The recipient/donor (R/D) BA ratio and R/D TCBA ratio were calculated. RESULTS: The ACR group (n=12) showed a greater decrease in BA post-transplantation than the non-ACR group, but this difference was not statistically significant. On both day 7 and day 9 post-transplantation the R/D TCBA was significantly different between the two groups (P=0.038 on day 7 and P=0.036 on day 9). The R/D TCBA ratio ≥0.5 on days 7 and 9, and ≥0.38 on day 11 post-transplantation were associated with better ACR-free survival. CONCLUSION: The recipient/donor TCBA ratio can be a predictor for ACR after LDLT as early as post-transplantation day 7.

  4. Early plasmapheresis and rituximab for acute humoral rejection after ABO-compatible liver transplantation

    Nassim Kamar; Laurence Lavayssière; Fabrice Muscari; Janick Selves; Céline Guilbeau-Frugier; Isabelle Cardeau; Laure Esposito; Olivier Cointault; Marie Béatrice Nogier; Jean Marie Peron; Philippe Otal; Marylise Fort; Lionel Rostaing


    Acute humoral rejection (AHR) is uncommon after ABOcompatible liver transplantation. Herein, we report two cases of AHR treated with plasmapheresis and rituximab in two ABO-compatible liver-transplant patients with preformed anti-human leukocyte antigen donor-specific antibodies. Patient 1 experienced a biopsy-proven AHR at day 10 post-transplant. She was treated by steroid pulses, and OKT3. Because of persisting signs of biopsy-proven AHR at day 26, she was treated by plasmapheresis and rituximab. Liver enzyme levels did not improve, and she died on day 41. Patient 2 experienced a biopsy-proven AHR on day 10 post-transplant. She was treated by steroid pulses, plasmapheresis, and rituximab.Liver enzymes returned to within normal range 18 dafter diagnosis. Liver biopsies, at 3 and 9 mo post-transplant,showed complete resolution of AHR. We conclude that plasmapheresis should be started as soon as AHR is diagnosed, and be associated with a B-cell depleting agent. Rituximab may be considered as a first-line therapy.

  5. Proliferation of CD8-positive T cells in blood vessels of rat renal allografts.

    Grau, V; Fuchs-Moll, G; Wilker, S; Weimer, R; Padberg, W


    It is still disputed in which anatomical compartments of allograft recipients T-cells proliferate. After experimental renal transplantation, host monocytes and lymphocytes accumulate in the lumina of graft blood vessels. In this study, we test the hypothesis that T lymphocytes proliferate in the vascular bed of the graft. Kidneys were transplanted in the Dark Agouti to Lewis rat strain combination, an established experimental model for acute rejection. Isogeneic transplantation was performed as a control. Cells in the S-phase of mitosis were detected in situ three days posttransplantation by pulse-labeling with BrdU and by immunohistochemical detection of the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). More than 20% of all T-cells in the lumina of allograft blood vessels incorporated BrdU and approximately 30% of them expressed PCNA. In the blood vessels of isografts as well as in other organs of allograft recipients, only few BrdU(+) cells were detected. A majority of the BrdU(+) cells in graft blood vessels expressed CD8. In conclusion, we demonstrate that CD8(+) T lymphocytes proliferate in the lumina of the blood vessels of renal allografts during the onset of acute rejection.

  6. Intragraft vascular occlusive sickle crisis with early renal allograft loss in occult sickle cell trait.

    Kim, Lisa; Garfinkel, Marc R; Chang, Anthony; Kadambi, Pradeep V; Meehan, Shane M


    Early renal allograft failure due to sickle cell trait is rare. We present clinical and pathologic findings in 2 cases of early renal allograft failure associated with renal vein thrombosis and extensive erythrocyte sickling. Hemoglobin AS was identified in retrospect. In case 1, a 41-year-old female recipient of a deceased donor renal transplant developed abdominal pain and acute allograft failure on day 16, necessitating immediate nephrectomy. In case 2, the transplanted kidney in a 58-year-old female recipient was noted to be mottled blue within minutes of reperfusion. At 24 hours, the patient was oliguric; and the graft was removed. Transplant nephrectomies had diffuse enlargement with diffuse, nonhemorrhagic, cortical, and medullary necrosis. Extensive sickle vascular occlusion was evident in renal vein branches; interlobar, interlobular, and arcuate veins; vasa recta; and peritubular capillaries. The renal arteries had sickle vascular occlusion in case 1. Glomeruli had only focal sickle vascular occlusion. The erythrocytes in sickle vascular occlusion had abundant cytoplasmic filaments by electron microscopy. Acute rejection was not identified in either case. Protein C and S levels, factor V Leiden, and lupus anticoagulant assays were within normal limits. Hemoglobin analysis revealed hemoglobin S of 21.8% and 25.6%, respectively. Renal allograft necrosis with intragraft sickle crisis, characterized by extensive vascular occlusive erythrocyte sickling and prominent renal vein thrombosis, was observed in 2 patients with sickle cell trait. Occult sickle cell trait may be a risk factor for early renal allograft loss.

  7. Donor-specific HLA antibodies in chronic renal allograft rejection: a prospective trial with a four-year follow-up.

    Lachmann, Nils; Terasaki, Paul I; Schönemann, Constanze


    A total of 1,043 serum samples of kidney allograft recipients with functioning grafts at a mean of 6 years after transplantation were tested once for HLA abs and monitored for graft and patient survival for 4 years after testing. All grafts were transplanted between 1984 and 2004 at the Charité hospital (Berlin, Germany). 1. To our knowledge this is the first study with more than 1,000 patients designed to elucidate the impact of DSA and NDSA on late renal graft outcome. True donor specificity of HLA abs in 30% of antibody positive patients was determined by using a single HLA antigen coated bead assay. 2. The long-term graft survival was adversely impacted by the presence of HLA abs directed against mismatched HLA antigens and to a lesser extent also by NDSA. This difference was shown to be leveled at late stages of graft damage, suggesting NDSA as a predictor of adsorbed DSA killing the graft. 3. The deleterious effect of preexisting and de novo formed HLA abs on long-term graft function was shown to be equal. Despite a negative crossmatch at the time of transplantation sensitized recipients and those who produced HLA abs de novo posttransplant showed the same increased risk of late graft failure. 4. Among patients with DSA and additional NDSA the majority of 74% of assigned potential HLA class I epitopes were shared among DSA and NDSA suggesting mismatched donor antigens as the cause of detected NDSA.

  8. Cardiac allograft immune activation: current perspectives

    Chang D


    Full Text Available David Chang, Jon Kobashigawa Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA Abstract: Heart transplant remains the most durable option for end-stage heart disease. Cardiac allograft immune activation and heart transplant rejection remain among the main complications limiting graft and recipient survival. Mediators of the immune system can cause different forms of rejection post-heart transplant. Types of heart transplant rejection include hyperacute rejection, cellular rejection, antibody-mediated rejection, and chronic rejection. In this review, we will summarize the innate and adaptive immune responses which influence the post-heart transplant recipient. Different forms of rejection and their clinical presentation, detection, and immune monitoring will be discussed. Treatment of heart transplant rejection will be examined. We will discuss potential treatment strategies for preventing rejection post-transplant in immunologically high-risk patients with antibody sensitization. Keywords: heart transplant, innate immunity, adaptive immunity, rejection, immunosuppression

  9. 14-bp ins/del polymorphism and +3142C>G SNP of the HLA-G gene have a significant impact on acute rejection after liver transplantation.

    Thude, Hansjörg; Janssen, Maike; Sterneck, Martina; Nashan, Björn; Koch, Martina


    Expression of human leukocyte antigen G (HLA-G) has been associated with increased graft survival and decreased rejection episodes. It has been described that the HLA-G 14-base pair (bp) insertion/deletion (ins/del) (rs66554220) and +3142C>G (rs1063320) gene polymorphisms modify the expression level of HLA-G. The aim of the study was to investigate whether these HLA-G polymorphisms have an impact on acute rejection after liver transplantation. In total, 146 liver transplant recipients (57 with acute rejection and 89 without acute rejection) and 99 corresponding liver donors were genotyped for both polymorphisms. In liver transplantation the 14-bp ins/ins and the +3142GG genotypes are more frequent in recipients without rejection compared to recipients with rejection (3.5% vs. 31.5%, p=In contrast, in liver donors we could not reveal an association. We conclude that 14-bp ins/ins and +3142GG genotypes of HLA-G in liver transplant recipients are of importance for prediction of acute rejection after liver transplantation. Thus genotyping of liver recipients for both polymorphisms might be useful to stratify liver transplant recipients according to the risk of acute liver transplant rejection.

  10. Expression of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 in human chronic renal allograft rejection%细胞间粘附分子-1和血管细胞粘附分子-1在慢性排斥反应中的表达

    潘晓鸣; 陈勇; 邢俊平


    To study the mechanism of human chronic renal allograft rejection, kidney tissues were taken from 16 patients with chronic renal allograft rejection and from 5 healthy subjects, and underwent the frazed section staining for ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 to anti-ICAM-1 and anti-VCAM-1 respectively by using immunohistochemistry(ABC).The results showed that there were differ-ent distribution of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 expression in nomal kidney and renal allograft during chronic rejection.It was suggested that ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 might play an important role in the pathogenesis of human chronic renal allograft rejection.%为了探讨移植肾慢性排斥反应的发病机制,应用免疫组化技术(ABC法)对16例肾移植术后发生慢性排斥反应患者的移植肾组织及5例正常肾组织行细胞间粘附分子-1(ICAM-1)、血管细胞粘附分子-1(VCAM-1)染色及HE染色.结果表明ICAM-1、VCAM-1在正常肾脏和慢性排斥反应移植肾脏上的表达分布不同;结果提示,它们在移植肾慢性排斥反应的发生、发展过程中起重要作用

  11. 供者年龄与肾移植慢性排斥反应关系的实验研究%Effect of donor age on chronic renal allograft rejection in rats

    严群; 张鹏; 袁晓奕; 易继林; 龚建平; 章咏裳


    目的探讨供者的年龄对大鼠同种异体肾移植慢性排斥反应的影响。方法分别采用3、12、18个月龄的F-344大鼠肾移植给6个月大小的LEW受鼠,以自体肾移植作为对照组。术后检测各组的肾功能和免疫组化的改变,并进行移植肾的组织学观察。结果 18个月龄供肾移植组术后24h尿蛋白含量、移植肾肾小球硬化程度及纤维化程度均较3个月龄及12个月龄组严重,差异有显著性(P<0.01);18个月龄的供肾移植组移植肾组织中ED1+单核/巨噬细胞、CD4+T淋巴细胞及CD8+细胞毒性/抑制性T淋巴细胞明显高于3个月龄供肾组,差异有显著性(P<0.01)。结论供者的年龄越大,术后移植肾的肾小球硬化及间质纤维化就出现越早,且越严重。%Objective To investigate the contribution of donor age to chronic renal allograft rejection.Methods F-344 rat kidney allografts (3、12、18 months) were placed in bilaterally nephrectomized LEW recipients with 6 months. Age matched single and perfused kidneys in naive animals served as controls. Renal function,structural changes and immunohistological changes were examined after operation in each group.Results The content of urinary protein (mg/24!h) was higher and glomerulosclerosis and fibrosis were severer in 18-month donor renal allografts than in the 3 or 12-month kidney grafts (P<0.01). ED1+ mononuclear cells/macrophages,CD4+T lymphocytes and CD8+ cytotoxic/inhibitory T lymphocytes in the renal tissue of 18-month donor renal allografts were obviously higher than in those of 3-month kidney grafts (P<0.01).Conclusions The older donor is, the earlier and severer chronic graft failure including glomerulosclerosis and fibrosis occurs.

  12. A novel ELISA-based crossmatch procedure to detect donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies responsible for corneal allograft rejections.

    Sel, Saadettin; Schlaf, Gerald; Schurat, Oliver; Altermann, Wolfgang W


    Previous studies had shown that donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies may highly influence the survival rate of corneal allografts, although the anterior chamber generally represents an immune-privileged compartment of the eye. We postulated that the introduction of a novel crossmatch procedure for the detection of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies in recipients awaiting a corneal graft would be adequate to investigate their influence on the outcome of the graft survival. The Antibody Monitoring System (AMS) HLA class I & II crossmatch ELISA was adapted for the use of material from the outer scleral rim instead of blood lymphocytes to isolate the donors' HLA molecules. In case of detectable donor-specific anti-HLA class I and/or class II antibodies (DSA) this result was confirmed using an identification ELISA to specify the detectable recipient's anti-HLA antibodies. PCR-based genetic tissue typing of the donors was performed also using their outer scleral rims. 45 recipients of corneal grafts were analyzed for DSA prior to or after grafting, respectively. 75% of the recipients with preformed DSA exhibited immunological complications up to the complete graft loss in four cases during the first two months. In contrast 77% of the recipients without DSA did not show any complications during the follow up period of averagely 18months. Only two cases of graft loss were observed in this group after 17 and 23months, respectively. The results demonstrate the impact of preventing donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies which are for the first time reliably detectable in any laboratory's daily work using the adapted AMS-ELISA.

  13. Ventricular function during the acute rejection of heterotopic transplanted heart: Gated blood pool studies

    Valette, H.; Bourguignon, M.H.; Desruennes, M.; Merlet, P.; Le Guludec, D. (Hopital de Bicetre, 94 - Le Kremlin-Bicetre (France). Lab. d' Explorations Cardiovasculaires CEA, 91 - Orsay (France). Service Hospitalier Frederic Joliot); Gregoire, M.C.; Agostini, D.; Rigaud, M.; Gandjbakhch, I.; Cabrol, A.; Cabrol, C. (Hopital La Pitie, 75 - Paris (France)); Syrota, A. (Hopital A. Pare, 92 - Boulogne (France))


    Twenty patients who had undergone a heterotopic heart transplant were studied prospectively to determine the relationship between rejection and ventricular dysfunction assessed from gated blood pool studies. A fully automated method for detecting ventricular edges was implemented; its success rate for the grafted left and right ventricles was 94% and 77%, respectively. The parameters, peak ejection and filling rates, were calculated pixel per pixel using a two-harmonic Fourier algorithm and then averaged over the ventricular region of interest. Peak filling and ejection rates were closely related with the severity of the rejection, while the left ventricular ejection fraction was not. Peak filling rates of both ventricles were the indices closely related to the presence of moderate rejection. Despite the low number of patients, these data suggested that gated blood pool derived indices of ventricular function are associated with ventricular dysfunction resulting from myocarditis rejection. Radionuclide ventriculography provides parametric data which are accurate and reliable for the diagnosis of rejection. (orig.).

  14. 转化生长因子β1基因型与移植肾的慢性排斥反应%Relationship between transforming growth factor-beta 1 genotype and chronic renal allograft rejection

    吕铁明; 吴卫真; 谭建明


    背景:免疫损伤是慢性排斥反应的主要发病机制,与多种免疫相关基因多态性有关,尤其是转化生长因子β1基因多态性更显重要.目前关于转化生长因子β1基因多态性与移植肾慢性排斥反应的关系,不同的学者研究结果各异.目的:分析供、受者转化生长因子β1基因型与移植肾慢性排斥反应的关系.设计:前瞻性病例分析.单位:解放军南京军区福州总医院泌尿外科,全军器官移植中心.对象:选择2000-06/2001-05在解放军南京军区福州总医院首次施行尸肾移植的受者144例和其中114例的供者65例(另30例缺乏供者血液标本).手术方案得到医院伦理道德委员会批准.方法:用序列特异引物聚合酶链反应方法,在肾移植前对肾移植受者(n=144)和其中114例的供者(n=65)进行转化生长因子β1基因型检测.术后对受者进行5年随访,追踪移植肾慢性排斥反应发生情况,分析受者基因型、供者基因型及供、受者基因型组合对移植肾功能的影响.主要观察指标:[1]转化生长因子β1不同基因型的肾移植供、受者慢性排斥反应的发生率.[2]肾移植供、受者转化生长因子β1不同基因型组合慢性排斥反应的发生率.结果:[1]高分泌基因型组受者的慢性排斥反应发生率高于中低分泌基因型组(x2=10.091,P0.05).[2]供、受者均为高分泌基因型组合的受者移植肾慢性排斥反应发生率高于所有其他基因型组合者(x2=4.352,P0.05).(2)Chronic renal allograft rejection occurred in the recipients with high-secretory TGF-β1 genotype,whose donors also had high-secretory TGF-β1 genotype,and the incidence of chronic renal allograft rejection was significantly higher than that in other recipients with TGF-β1 genotype combination(x2=4.352,P<0.05).While the incidence of chronic renal allograft rejection in the recipients with moderate-secretory and low-secretory TGF-β1 genotypes,whose donors also had

  15. Assessment of different biomarkers provides valuable diagnostic standards in the evaluation of the risk of acute rejection

    Jin Zheng; Li Ren; Puxun Tian; Wujun Xue; Xiaoming Ding; Xiaohui Tian; Zhankui Jin; Xiaoming Pan; Hang Yan; Xinshun Feng; Jun Hou; Heli Xiang


    Acute rejection (AR) is a strong risk factor for chronic rejection in renal transplant recipients.Accurate and timely diagnosis of AR episodes is very important for disease control and prognosis.Therefore,objectively evaluated the immune status of patients is essential in the field of posttransplantation treatment.This longitudinal study investigated the usefulness of five biomarkers,human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G5 and sCD30 level in sera,intracellular adenosine triphosphate (iATP) release level of CD4+ T cells,and granzyme B/perforin expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and biopsies,to detect AR and the resolution of biomarkers in a total of 84 cases of renal transplantation.The data demonstrated that recipients with clinical or biopsy proven rejection significantly increased iATP release level of CD4+ T cells,and elevated sCD30 but lowered HLA-G5 level in sera compared with individuals with stable graft function.Expression levels of granzyme B and perforin were also elevated in PBMCs and graft biopsies of AR patients.Taken together,we identified that upregulation of sCD30,iATP,granzyme B,perforin,and downregulation of HLA-G5 could provide valuable diagnostic standards to identify those recipients in the risk of AR.And iATP may be a better biomarker than others for predicting the graft rejection episode.

  16. Chronic Renal Transplant Rejection and Possible Anti-Proliferative Drug Targets.

    Bhatti, Adnan Bashir; Usman, Muhammad


    The global prevalence of renal transplants is increasing with time, and renal transplantation is the only definite treatment for end-stage renal disease. We have limited the acute and late acute rejection of kidney allografts, but the long-term survival of renal tissues still remains a difficult and unanswered question as most of the renal transplants undergo failure within a decade of their transplantation. Among various histopathological changes that signify chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN), tubular atrophy, fibrous thickening of the arteries, fibrosis of the kidney interstitium, and glomerulosclerosis are the most important. Moreover, these structural changes are followed by a decline in the kidney function as well. The underlying mechanism that triggers the long-term rejection of renal transplants involves both humoral and cell-mediated immunity. T cells, with their related cytokines, cause tissue damage. In addition, CD 20+ B cells and their antibodies play an important role in the long-term graft rejection. Other risk factors that predispose a recipient to long-term graft rejection include HLA-mismatching, acute episodes of graft rejection, mismatch in donor-recipient age, and smoking. The purpose of this review article is the analyze current literature and find different anti-proliferative agents that can suppress the immune system and can thus contribute to the long-term survival of renal transplants. The findings of this review paper can be helpful in understanding the long-term survival of renal transplants and various ways to improve it.

  17. Renal graft biopsy assists diagnosis and treatment of renal allograft dysfunction after kidney transplantation: a report of 106 cases.

    Han, Yong; Guo, Hui; Cai, Ming; Xiao, Li; Wang, Qiang; Xu, Xiaoguang; Huang, Haiyan; Shi, Bingyi


    Acute antibody mediated rejection (AMR) is one of the most important complications after kidney transplantation. Renal graft biopsy is safe and reliable without adverse effects on the patients and transplanted kidneys, which was of great instructive significance in diagnosis and treatment of renal allograft dysfunction after renal transplantation. This paper reported a case series of 106 patients underwent renal allograft biopsies. All biopsies were evaluated according to the Banff 2007 schema. 52 examples were obtained within 1 month after transplantation, and there were another 20 examples in one to two months and other 34 examples in two to three months. Appropriate therapy was applied and clinical outcomes were observed. All patients received renal biopsies and anti-inflammatory and hemostasis treatment without complications. There were 2 cases of hyperacute rejection, and 15 cases of acute AMR. All Paraffin-embedded samples were stained by HE, periodic acid-Schiff (PAS), Masson, and immunohistochemistry (C4d, cd20, cd45RO, SV40). All samples were found C4d immunohistochemical staining positive. Patients with acute AMR were managed by steroid intravenous pulse therapy, Rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin intravenous pulse therapy, anti CD20 monoclonal antibody intravenous therapy and so on. Two cases of hyperacute rejection had renal failure, and received kidney excision; 12 cases in 15 cases of AMR recovered, another 2 cases did not recover with high-level creatine, and other 2 cases of renal allograft received excision.

  18. 大鼠小肠移植排斥反应期移植肠基因表达、ICAM-1和IL-2R分子表达及上皮细胞凋亡的变化%Up-regulated intragraft gene expression,ICAM-1 and IL-2R molecules,and apoptotic epithelial cells during rejection of rat small intestine allografts

    李元新; 李宁; 李幼生; 吴波; 黎介寿


    adhesion molecule-1 ( ICAM-1 ) during acute rejection episodes, and to analyze the changes in apoptosis in small intestinal allograft rejection. Methods Heterotopic small intestine transplantation was performed with inbred rats F344/N (RT11) and Wistar/A (RT1-Ak, RT1-Ed). All recipients were divided into four groups: group 1 : Wistar, native control; group 2: Wistar→Wistar; group 3: F344→Wistar and group 4: F344→Wistar + cyclosporine A (6 mg·kg-1 ·d-1 I.M. ). The grafts were harvested on postoperative days (PODs) 3, 5 and 7. All samples were examined pathologically. Intragraft mRNA expression of IL-2, IFN-γ, perforin and granzyme B were detected with reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and intragraft expression of IL-2R and ICAM-1 were stained using immunohistochemistry. We also analyzed the change in apoptosis rejection with terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL). Results Mild acute rejection occurred on POD 3 in the ailograft group, moderate acute rejection on POD 5, and severe acute rejection on POD 7, while none of the isografts had histological evidence of acute rejection. Cyclosporine A could effectively control rejection. Gene expression was virtually negative in the native control. Only on POD 5 was IL-2 mRNA expression of ailografts significantly higher than that of isografts ( P < 0.05). IFN-γ mRNA expression was significantly higher than that of the control groups ( P < 0.01 ) on PODs 3, 5 and 7, and the level of perforin and granzyme B mRNA expression reached significantly higher levels than in the other two control groups on POD 5 and POD 7. Intragraft IL-2R expression of the allograft was significantly higher than that of the other three control groups. Only on POD 3 was intragraft ICAM-1 expression of allografts significantly higher than isografts. The number of apoptotic cells per crypt of allografts was significantly higher than that of the other three control groups on POD 3 and POD

  19. Fluorescent tracer technique using ICOS-Ab marked with Cy7.SE for diagnosing acute heart graft rejection in mice%Cy7.SE标记ICOS-Ab荧光示踪技术评估小鼠心脏移植术后急性排斥反应

    阳揭宇; 丁国善; 傅宏; 王全兴; 刘芳; 施晓敏; 郭闻渊; 宋少华; 李瑞东; 傅志仁


    Objective To establish a non invasive method based on fluorescent tracer technique using inducible co-stimulatory molecules(ICOS) expressed on activated T cells for diagnosing acute heart graft rejection in mice. Methods The cervical heterotopic heart transplantation was used as model to establish isograft, allograft, allograft plus tacrolimus treatment, and allograft with tacrolimus ceased groups. On the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th day after transplantation, Cy7. SE-ICOS-Ab was injected into the heart transplant mice via tail veins. The real-time fluorescent imaging changes of the graft were observed by fluorescent equipment. Flow cytometry was used to examine the expression of ICOS on spleen T cells of mice in each group. H-E staining was used to observe the pathological changes of cardiac graft. Results There was no noticeable fluorescent imaging in the grafts at the 1st , 3rd, 5th and 7th day after transplantation in the isograft and allograft with tacrolimus treatment group. On the first day after transplantation, the fluorescent imaging of graft in the allograft group had no noticeable changes, but the fluorescent imaging gradually increased on the 3rd, 5th, and 7th day. The graft fluorescent imaging became stronger on the 3rd day after ceasing tacrolimus in the treated allograft group, and it became stronger at 5 and 7 days after ceasing tacrolimus. H-E staining found no noticeable rejection in isograft group and allngraft plus tacrolimus treatment group at all time points. The allograft and allograft puls tacrolimus ceased group developed rejection on the 3rd day after transplantation, and the rejection became more serious on the 5th and 7th day. Flow cytometry showed that there were no significant differences in ICOS expression on spleen T cells on the 1st day after transplantation among the four groups (P>0. 05). The isograft and allograft plus tacrolimus treatment group had no ICOS expression on the T cells, and ICOS expression in the allograft and allograft

  20. Computational Biology: Modeling Chronic Renal Allograft Injury.

    Stegall, Mark D; Borrows, Richard


    New approaches are needed to develop more effective interventions to prevent long-term rejection of organ allografts. Computational biology provides a powerful tool to assess the large amount of complex data that is generated in longitudinal studies in this area. This manuscript outlines how our two groups are using mathematical modeling to analyze predictors of graft loss using both clinical and experimental data and how we plan to expand this approach to investigate specific mechanisms of chronic renal allograft injury.

  1. Late renal vein thrombosis associated with recurrence of membranous nephropathy in a renal allograft: a case report.

    Carrasco, A; Díaz, C; Flores, J C; Briones, E; Otipka, N


    Allograft renal vein thrombosis (RVT) is an uncommon but potentially catastrophic complication. Although it usually occurs in the early posttransplant period and is associated with surgical complications or vascular rejection, it may develop later, when it is generally related with a hypercoagulable state. Typical clinical presentation is sudden oligoanuric acute renal failure, and hematuria, with a painful and swollen renal allograft. Confirmation of the diagnosis requires Doppler ultrasound and computed tomography. Herein we have reported a successfully treated case of late RVT that developed in an allograft with recurrent membranous nephropathy associated with the nephrotic syndrome. The patient fully recovered renal graft function a few days after presentation, which was related to anticoagulant therapy. We demonstrated complete recanalization of the venous thrombosis.

  2. Use of PCR and PCR-SSP for detection of urinary donor-origin DNA in renal tran splant recipients with acute rejection

    张志宏; 大河内信弘; 岗崎肇; 郭应禄


    Objective To analyze the urine of renal recipients for the presence of donor DNA in an attempt to establish an alternative diagnostic means of acute rejection.Methods Sixty-four renal transplant recipients were examined. Thirty-seven were norma lafter transplantation, while 22 others developed acute rejection, based on ser um creatinine levels and/or needle biopsy findings of the graft. Five developed drug-induced renal dysfunction. In female recipients with a male graft, we ex amined urine for the presence of Y chromosome (SRY and DYZ-1) and in recipients receiving an HLA mismatched graft, we looked for HLA-DR gene (DRB1) using PCR .Results Among the 14 female recipients with male grafts demonstrating stable renal function, only one was positive for SRY and DYZ-1 on the Y chromosome. However, SRY and DYZ-1 were found in the urine of four female patients with acute rejection , but these DNA fragments were not detected in 3 of the 4 after anti-rejection therap y. The last patient was referred to hemodialysis. Of 23 recipients of a graft from HLA mismatch donors with stable renal function, DRB1 was negative in 21 (91 %). Of 18 patients with acute rejection, DRB1 was positive in 16 (89%) and nega tive in 2. These DNA fragments were no longer found in 13 patients after anti -rejection therapy. In all patients with drug induced renal dysfunction, donor -derived DNA was negative.Conclusions Presence of door specific DNA in the urine of the recipient is strongly associat ed with acute rejection. Analysis of DNA derived from donor cells in urine was an effective and accurate method for the diagnosis of acute rejection of a renal transplant.

  3. In vivo effects of high-dose steroids on nucleic acid content of immunocompetent cells of renal allograft recipients

    Walle, A.J.; Wong, G.Y.; Suthanthiran, M.; Rubin, A.L.; Stenzel, K.H.


    High-dose steroids administered to renal allograft recipients for treatment of acute graft rejection episodes may affect cell cycle progression of peripheral blood mononuclear (PBM) cells. DNA synthesis and cellular DNA and RNA contents of PBM cells were measured in 8 patients during clinically stable periods, and in another 10 patients both during acute rejection episodes and during 7 days of administration of high-dose steroids. Improved renal function documented successful reversal of the rejection episodes in the 10 patients. Compared with the stable patients, the rejecting patients had higher numbers of cells undergoing clonal expansion--namely, higher proportions of G1-cells and of proliferating, or S, G2, and M (SG2M) cells. Steroid treatment had no acute effects on proportions of G1 or SG2M cells in vivo or on incorporation of /sup 3/H thymidine by PBM cells in vitro. However, cells in the prereplicative compartment of the cell cycle (G0/1 cells) had significantly lower RNA content within 7 days of treatment with high doses of steroids. The results suggest that steroids do not acutely influence the posttranscriptional synthesis and the contents of nucleic acids of cells undergoing clonal expansion in vivo. The prereplicative phase of allogeneically stimulated PBM cells of renal allograft recipients may therefore be the cell cycle phase most sensitive to steroids in vivo.

  4. Graft-Infiltrating Macrophages Adopt an M2 Phenotype and Are Inhibited by Purinergic Receptor P2X7 Antagonist in Chronic Rejection.

    Wu, C; Zhao, Y; Xiao, X; Fan, Y; Kloc, M; Liu, W; Ghobrial, R M; Lan, P; He, X; Li, X C


    Macrophages exhibit diverse phenotypes and functions; they are also a major cell type infiltrating chronically rejected allografts. The exact phenotypes and roles of macrophages in chronic graft loss remain poorly defined. In the present study, we used a mouse heart transplant model to examine macrophages in chronic allograft rejection. We found that treatment of C57BL/6 mice with CTLA4 immunoglobulin fusion protein (CTLA4-Ig) prevented acute rejection of a Balb/c heart allograft but allowed chronic rejection to develop over time, characterized by prominent neointima formation in the graft. There was extensive macrophage infiltration in the chronically rejected allografts, and the graft-infiltrating macrophages expressed markers associated with M2 cells but not M1 cells. In an in vitro system in which macrophages were polarized into either M1 or M2 cells, we screened phenotypic differences between M1 and M2 cells and identified purinergic receptor P2X7 (P2x7r), an adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-gated ion channel protein that was preferentially expressed by M2 cells. We further showed that blocking the P2x7r using oxidized ATP (oATP) inhibited M2 induction in a dose-dependent fashion in vitro. Moreover, treatment of C57BL/6 recipients with the P2x7r antagonist oATP, in addition to CTLA4-Ig treatment, inhibited graft-infiltrating M2 cells, prevented transplant vasculopathy, and induced long-term heart allografts survival. These findings highlight the importance of the P2x7r-M2 axis in chronic rejection and establish P2x7r as a potential therapeutic target in suppression of chronic rejection.

  5. Utility of Iron Staining in Identifying the Cause of Renal Allograft Dysfunction in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

    Yingchun Wang


    Full Text Available Sickle cell nephropathy (SCN is associated with iron/heme deposition in proximal renal tubules and related acute tubular injury (ATI. Here we report the utility of iron staining in differentiating causes of renal allograft dysfunction in patients with a history of sickle cell disease. Case 1: the patient developed acute allograft dysfunction two years after renal transplant. Her renal biopsy showed ATI, supported by patchy loss of brush border and positive staining of kidney injury molecule-1 in proximal tubular epithelial cells, where diffuse increase in iron staining (2+ was present. This indicated that ATI likely resulted from iron/heme toxicity to proximal tubules. Electron microscope confirmed aggregated sickle RBCs in glomeruli, indicating a recurrent SCN. Case 2: four years after renal transplant, the patient developed acute allograft dysfunction and became positive for serum donor-specific antibody. His renal biopsy revealed thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA and diffuse positive C4d stain in peritubular capillaries. Iron staining was negative in the renal tubules, implying that TMA was likely associated with acute antibody-mediated rejection (AAMR, type 2 rather than recurrent SCN. These case reports imply that iron staining is an inexpensive but effective method in distinguishing SCN-associated renal injury in allograft kidney from other etiologies.

  6. Induction of Foxp3-expressing regulatory T-cells by donor blood transfusion is required for tolerance to rat liver allografts.

    Yuta Abe

    transplantation, induces the formation of CD4(+ T-cells that are not themselves Tregs but give rise directly or indirectly to fully functional CD4(+CD45RC(-Foxp3(+Tregs when transferred into MHC mismatched recipients prior to LTx. These Tregs possess potent suppressive activity and are capable of suppressing acute liver allograft rejection. Understanding the mechanisms by which preoperative DST induces the generation of tolerogenic Tregs in the presence of alloantigens may lead to the development of novel antigen-specific immunological therapies for the treatment of solid organ rejection.

  7. Evaluation of renal allograft function early after transplantation with diffusion-weighted MR imaging

    Eisenberger, Ute; Frey, Felix J. [University Hospital of Bern, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Bern (Switzerland); Thoeny, Harriet C. [University Hospital of Bern, Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine, Bern (Switzerland); Binser, Tobias; Boesch, Chris [University Hospital of Bern, Department of Clinical Research, Bern (Switzerland); Gugger, Mathias [University Hospital of Bern, Department of Pathology, Bern (Switzerland); Vermathen, Peter [University Hospital of Bern, Department of Clinical Research, Bern (Switzerland); University Bern, Department of Clinical Research/AMSM, Pavillon 52, Inselspital, P.O. Box 35, Bern (Switzerland)


    To determine the inter-patient variability of apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) and concurrent micro-circulation contributions from diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DW-MRI) in renal allografts early after transplantation, and to obtain initial information on whether these measures are altered in histologically proven acute allograft rejection (AR). DW-MRI was performed in 15 renal allograft recipients 5-19 days after transplantation. Four patients presented with AR and one with acute tubular necrosis (ATN). Total ADC (ADC{sub T}) was determined, which includes diffusion and micro-circulation contributions. Furthermore, diffusion and micro-circulation contributions were separated, yielding the ''perfusion fraction'' (F{sub P}), and ''perfusion-free'' diffusion (ADC{sub D}). Diffusion parameters in the ten allografts with stable function early after transplantation demonstrated low variabilities. Values for ADC{sub T} and ADC{sub D} were (x 10{sup -5} mm{sup 2}/s) 228 {+-} 14 and 203 {+-} 9, respectively, in cortex and 226 {+-} 16 and 199 {+-} 9, respectively, in medulla. F{sub P} values were 18 {+-} 5% in cortex and 19 {+-} 5% in medulla. F{sub P} values were strongly reduced to less than 12% in cortex and medulla of renal transplants with AR and ATN. F{sub P} values correlated with creatinine clearance. DW-MRI allows reliable determination of diffusion and micro-circulation contributions in renal allografts shortly after transplantation; deviations in AR indicate potential clinical utility of this method to non-invasively monitor derangements in renal allografts. (orig.)

  8. Multidetector computed tomography findings of spontaneous renal allograft ruptures

    Basaran, C. [Department of Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail:; Donmez, F.Y.; Tarhan, N.C.; Coskun, M. [Department of Radiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey); Haberal, M. [Department of General Surgery, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)


    Aim: To describe the characteristics of spontaneous renal allograft rupture using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). Method: Five patients with spontaneous renal allograft rupture, as confirmed by pathologic examination, were referred to our institution between 1985 and 2008. The clinical records and preoperative MDCT findings of the patients were studied retrospectively. Results: Clinical and/or histological findings were consistent with acute rejection in all cases. Using MDCT, disruption of the capsular integrity and parenchymal rupture was seen in four patients. Four of the five patients showed decreased enhancement and swollen grafts. Perirenal (n = 4), subcapsular (n = 1), and intraparenchymal (n = 1) haematomas were also seen. In the patient with an intraparenchymal haematoma there was no disruption of capsular integrity, but capsular irregularities were seen near the haematoma. Conclusion: MDCT is a useful investigative tool for the evaluation of suspected spontaneous renal allograft rupture. As well as a swollen graft, disruption of the capsule, parenchyma, and/or haematoma should prompt the radiologist to consider this diagnosis.

  9. Role of TLRs and DAMPs in allograft inflammation and transplant outcomes.

    Braza, Faouzi; Brouard, Sophie; Chadban, Steve; Goldstein, Daniel R


    Graft inflammation impairs the induction of solid organ transplant tolerance and enhances acute and chronic rejection. Elucidating the mechanisms by which inflammation is induced after organ transplantation could lead to novel therapeutics to improve transplant outcomes. In this Review we describe endogenous substances--damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs)--that are released after allograft reperfusion and induce inflammation. We also describe innate immune signalling pathways that are activated after solid organ transplantation, with a focus on Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and their signal adaptor, MYD88. Experimental and clinical studies have yielded a large body of evidence that TLRs and MYD88 are instrumental in initiating allograft inflammation and promoting the development of acute and chronic rejection. Ongoing clinical studies are testing TLR inhibition strategies in solid organ transplantation, although avoiding compromising host defence to pathogens is a key challenge. Further elucidation of the mechanisms by which sterile inflammation is induced, maintained and amplified within the allograft has the potential to lead to novel anti-inflammatory treatments that could improve outcomes for solid organ transplant recipients.

  10. Reliability of whole slide images as a diagnostic modality for renal allograft biopsies.

    Jen, Kuang-Yu; Olson, Jean L; Brodsky, Sergey; Zhou, Xin J; Nadasdy, Tibor; Laszik, Zoltan G


    The use of digital whole slide images (WSI) in the field of pathology has become feasible for routine diagnostic purposes and has become more prevalent in recent years. This type of technology offers many advantages but must show the same degree of diagnostic reliability as conventional glass slides. Several studies have examined this issue in various settings and indicate that WSI are a reliable method for diagnostic pathology. Since transplant pathology is a highly specialized field that requires not only accurate but rapid diagnostic evaluation of biopsy materials, this field may greatly benefit from the use of WSI. In this study, we assessed the reliability of using WSI compared to conventional glass slides in renal allograft biopsies. We examined morphologic features and diagnostic categories defined by the Banff 07 Classification of Renal Allograft Pathology as well as additional morphologic features not included in this classification scheme. We found that intraobserver scores, when comparing the use of glass slides versus WSI, showed substantial agreement for both morphologic features (κ = 0.68) and acute rejection diagnostic categories (κ = 0.74). Furthermore, interobserver reliability was comparable for morphologic features (κ = 0.44 [glass] vs 0.42 [WSI]) and acute rejection diagnostic categories (κ = 0.49 [glass] vs 0.51 [WSI]). These data indicate that WSI are as reliable as glass slides for the evaluation of renal allograft biopsies.

  11. Quantitative gene expression of transcription factors T-bet and GATA-3 in rat lung allograft rejection%转录因子T-bet与GATA结合蛋白3的比值在大鼠肺移植急性排斥反应中的mRNA表达及其意义

    纪玲; 武延格; 孙学峰; 王正; 杨林


    目的 探讨T-bet(T-box expression in T cells)和GATA结合蛋白3(GATA-3)在大鼠肺移植急性排斥反应中的mRNA表达及其意义.方法 建立同种异体大鼠肺移植模型,实验分为正常对照组(n=5只)、同种异体移植3 d组(n=4只)和5 d组(n=6只),用实时荧光定量逆转录-聚合酶链反应(RT-PCR)法,检测移植后肺组织中T-bet和GATA-3的mRNA表达.结果 实时荧光定量RT-PCR检测T-bet和GATA-3的扩增效率为78%~85%,批内和批间实验循环阈值(Ct)变化均<0.15.与止常对照和右侧非移植肺比较,同种异体移植术后3 d组,T-bet和GATA-3无显著性改变,但其比值明显高于右侧肺;同种异体移植术后5 d组,T-bet表达增高(9.31拷贝/106 18 S拷贝),但差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),GATA-3表达下降(0.88拷贝/105 18 S拷贝),T-bet/GATA3的比值增高(1.12),差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 实时荧光定量RT-PCR检测T-bet和GATA-3结果准确可靠.在急性排斥反应中,T-bet表达升高,GATA-3表达降低,其中GATA-3的表达起主导作用.T-bet/GATA-3的比值比单独检测T-bet或GATA-3更能客观地评价大鼠肺移植急性排斥反应.%Objective To investigate the mRNA expression and significance of transcription factots T-bet and GATA-3 in rat lung acute allograft rejection.Methods Experimental animals were established and divided into normal group(n=5),allogeneic 3-day group(n=4)and allogeneic 5-day group (n=6).The expression of transcription factors T-bet and GATA-3 mRNA in rat lung allografts was detected by real-time PCR.Results The amplification efficiency of quantification of T-bet and GATA-3 with real-time PCR was 78%-85%.The Ct in intra-and interassay was<0.15.Compared with normal controls (n=5),the expression had no significant change in allogeneic 3-day group:the expression of T-bet was increased(9.60±4.07 copies/106 copies),the expression of GATA-3 was decreased(0.82±0.04 copies/106 copies),and the ratio of T-bet and GATA-3 was

  12. De novo C3 glomerulonephritis in a renal allograft.

    Nahm, Ji Hae; Song, Seung Hwan; Kim, Yu Seun; Cheong, Hae-Il; Lim, Beom Jin; Kim, Beom Seok; Jeong, Hyeon Joo


    C3 glomerulonephritis (C3GN) is a recently described, rare glomerular disease characterized by predominant or sole glomerular C3 deposits. Morphologic features of C3GN are similar to those of dense deposit disease (DDD); however, ribbon-like intramembranous electron-dense deposits are absent in the former. We report a case of de novo C3GN in a renal allograft with morphologic transformation to DDD. A 6-year-old boy presented with congenital left renal agenesis and right ureteropelvic junction obstruction. The patient underwent pyeloplasty but experienced recurrent urinary tract infections. At the age of 22 years, he received a renal allograft from a living related donor. C3GN was diagnosed after 1 year of transplantation; initial histology showed minimal mesangiopathy and this progressed to mesangial proliferation and membranoproliferative features over the next 7 years. Serum creatinine levels were stabilized with anti-rejection treatments for combating repeated episodes of acute rejection; however, glomerular and tubular band-like electron-dense deposits became evident.

  13. Emphysema in the renal allograft

    Potter, J.L.; Sullivan, B.M.; Fluornoy, J.G.; Gerza, C.


    Two diabetic patients in whom emphysematous pyelonephritis developed after renal transplantation are described. Clinical recognition of this unusual and serious infection is masked by the effects of immunosuppression. Abdominal radiographic, ultrasound, and computed tomography findings are discussed. The clinical presentation includes urinary tract infection, sepsis, and acute tubular malfunction of the allograft in insulin-dependent diabetics.

  14. A novel, blocking, Fc-silent anti-CD40 monoclonal antibody prolongs nonhuman primate renal allograft survival in the absence of B cell depletion.

    Cordoba, F; Wieczorek, G; Audet, M; Roth, L; Schneider, M A; Kunkler, A; Stuber, N; Erard, M; Ceci, M; Baumgartner, R; Apolloni, R; Cattini, A; Robert, G; Ristig, D; Munz, J; Haeberli, L; Grau, R; Sickert, D; Heusser, C; Espie, P; Bruns, C; Patel, D; Rush, J S


    CD40-CD154 pathway blockade prolongs renal allograft survival in nonhuman primates (NHPs). However, antibodies targeting CD154 were associated with an increased incidence of thromboembolic complications. Antibodies targeting CD40 prolong renal allograft survival in NHPs without thromboembolic events but with accompanying B cell depletion, raising the question of the relative contribution of B cell depletion to the efficacy of anti-CD40 blockade. Here, we investigated whether fully silencing Fc effector functions of an anti-CD40 antibody can still promote graft survival. The parent anti-CD40 monoclonal antibody HCD122 prolonged allograft survival in MHC-mismatched cynomolgus monkey renal allograft transplantation (52, 22, and 24 days) with accompanying B cell depletion. Fc-silencing yielded CFZ533, an antibody incapable of B cell depletion but still able to potently inhibit CD40 pathway activation. CFZ533 prolonged allograft survival and function up to a defined protocol endpoint of 98-100 days (100, 100, 100, 98, and 76 days) in the absence of B cell depletion and preservation of good histological graft morphology. CFZ533 was well-tolerated, with no evidence of thromboembolic events or CD40 pathway activation and suppressed a gene signature associated with acute rejection. Thus, use of the Fc-silent anti-CD40 antibody CFZ533 appears to be an attractive approach for preventing solid organ transplant rejection.

  15. Immune rejection following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with tendon allograft%同种异体肌腱移植重建前交叉韧带的免疫排斥反应

    左健; 孙皓; 潘乐


    背景:近年来同种异体肌腱移植逐渐用于治疗膝关节前交叉韧带损伤.目的:综述膝关节前交叉韧带损伤的特点及其同种异体肌腱移植重建后的免疫排斥反应问题.方法:应用计算机检索1990-01/2011-10 PubMed数据库及维普数据库相关文献.英文检索词"anterior cruciate ligament,allograft,anatomy,transplantation",中文检索词"前交叉韧带,同种,肌腱,移植".检索文献量总计164篇,最终纳入符合标准的文献34篇.结果与结论:国内外学者对同种异体肌腱移植重建前交叉韧带进行了几十年的研究,已逐步了解了膝关节前交叉韧带的生物力学特性;通过冷冻处理法、细胞毒物质处理法解决了同种异体肌腱移植后的免疫排斥反应,使其既能降低异体肌腱的抗原性,又能保存肌腱细胞的活性,促使肌腱的内源性愈合,提高肌腱愈合速度与强度,减轻或避免肌腱粘连的发生,临床应用取得了很好的效果.%BACKGROUND: Organ transplant patients require lifelong use of immunosuppressive reagent, so a rational use of immunosuppressive agents is the key to organ transplantation.OBJECTIVE: To summarize various representative drugs in organ transplantation and to propose a suitable immunosuppressive agent for organ transplant patients.METHODS: The first author searched PubMed database ( and Wanfang Database ( from 1999-01/2011 -06. English key terms are "immunosuppressh/e drug, reject reaction, cyclosporine A, tacrolimus (FK506T, and Chinese key terms are "immunosuppressive drugs, renal trans plantation, liver transplantation, rejection". A total of 105 documents were screened out, and those foe us ing on the application and clinical effectiveness of different immunosuppressri/e drugs in organ transplantation were included, while repeated experiment and old articles were excluded. Recently published articles or those published in the

  16. Fiber optic probe enabled by surface-enhanced Raman scattering for early diagnosis of potential acute rejection of kidney transplant

    Chi, Jingmao; Chen, Hui; Tolias, Peter; Du, Henry


    We have explored the use of a fiber-optic probe with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensing modality for early, noninvasive and, rapid diagnosis of potential renal acute rejection (AR) and other renal graft dysfunction of kidney transplant patients. Multimode silica optical fiber immobilized with colloidal Ag nanoparticles at the distal end was used for SERS measurements of as-collected urine samples at 632.8 nm excitation wavelength. All patients with abnormal renal graft function (3 AR episodes and 2 graft failure episodes) who were clinically diagnosed independently show common unique SERS spectral features in the urines collected just one day after transplant. SERS-based fiber-optic probe has excellent potential to be a bedside tool for early diagnosis of kidney transplant patients for timely medical intervention of patients at high risk of transplant dysfunction.

  17. Effect of operation-synchronizing transfusion of apoptotic spleen cells from donor rats on acute rejection of recipient rats after liver transplantation

    Jing Liu; Yi Gao; Shuan Wang; Er-Wei Sun; Yu Wang; Zhi Zhang; Yi-Qiang Shan; Shi-Zheng Zhong


    AIM: To study effect of operation-synchronizing transfusion of apoptotic spleen cells from donor rats on acute rejection of recipient rats after liver transplantation.METHODS: Two of Wistar rats were chosen randomly for normal liver pathology control and ten of SD rats chosen randomly for liver function control as blank group (no operation). The rest of Wistar and SD rats were divided into four groups: control group (only liver transplantation),Dex group (donors receiving intraperitoneal injection of dexamethasone), SpC group (recipients receiving infusion of spleen cells of donors), Dex-SpC group (recipients receiving infusion of apoptotic spleen cells of donors),with each group except blank group, containing 10 SD rats and 10 Wistar rats, respectively. Wistar rats received liver transplantation from SD rats, in the meantime they received infusion of spleen cells of donors, which were induced by an intraperitoneal injection of dexamethasone The serum alanine transaminase (ALT), total bilirubin (T bili), liver pathological changes and survival time were analysed. Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 10.0 for Windows. Differences of the parametric data of ALT in means were examined by one-way ANOVA.Differences of ALT between two groups were examined by LSD. Differences of the nonparametric data of T bili in means and scores of pathology classification for acute rejection were examined by Kruskal-Willis H test. The correlations between ALT and T bili were analysed by Bivariate. Kaplan-Meier curves were used to demonstrate survival distribution. The log-rank test was used to compare the survival data.RESULTS: There were significant differences in ALT of the five groups (F= 23.164 P= 0.000), and ALT in DexSpC group was significantly higher than that in blank control, control, Dex, and SpC groups (P = 0.000), and ALT in SpC group was significantly higher than that in blank control (P = 0.000), control (P = 0.004), and Dex groups (P = 0.02). Results of

  18. Recurrence and rejection in liver transplantation for primary sclerosing cholangitis

    Bjarte Fosby; Tom H Karlsen; Espen Melum


    Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic progressive inflammatory disease affecting the bile ducts, leading to fibrosis and eventually cirrhosis in most patients. Its etiology is unknown and so far no effective medical therapy is available. Liver transplantation (LTX) is the only curative treatment and at present PSC is the main indication for LTX in the Scandinavian countries. Close to half of the PSC patients experience one or more episodes of acute cellular rejection (ACR) following transplantation and approximately 1/5 of the transplanted patients develop recurrent disease in the graft. In addition, some reports indicate that ACR early after LTX for PSC can influence the risk for recurrent disease. For these important post-transplantation entities affecting PSC patients, we have reviewed the current literature on epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment and the possible influence of rejection on the risk of recurrent disease in the allograft.

  19. Composite mandibular allografts in canines


    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of transplanting composite mandibular allografts to repair large mandibular defects. Methods: Three composite mandibular transplantation models were established. The first model consisted of hemimandible with the attached teeth, muscle and skin, and oral mucosa. The second model was transplanted in the same way with the first one excluding oral mucosa and some teeth, and third one excluding the oral mucosa and all dental crowns. Fourteen transplanting operations were performed in canines. Cyclosporine A and methylprednisone were given for immunosuppression. Results: The composite mandibular organs had an effective and closed return circuit. Transplantation of vascularized allograft of mandibular compound organs was feasible. Two longest time survivors of 67 d and 76 d were in the third model group. Cyclosporine A was successful in suppressing rejection of transplanted composite allograft and prolonging survival time of transplantation models. Conclusions: The composite mandibular allografts were available with large block of living composite tissue,and helpful in restoration of appearance and function for severe mandibular defects.

  20. Effect of cordycepssinensis extract on chronic renal allograft rejection in rats and its action mechanism%冬虫夏草提取物减轻大鼠移植肾慢性排斥反应的作用及其机制探讨

    罗帅; 张岩; 徐自强; 杨梅; 李一夫; 夏鹏; 郑少玲; 蔡勇; 金昊


    目的 探讨冬虫夏草提取物对大鼠移植肾慢性排斥反应的影响及其机制.方法 以Brown-Norway大鼠为供者,Lewis大鼠为受者,制备大鼠肾移植慢性排斥反应模型.移植对照组的受者移植后以生理盐水灌胃至术后8周;冬虫夏草低剂量组的受者移植后以冬虫夏草提取物5rng· kg-1 ·d-1灌胃8周;冬虫夏草高剂量组的受者移植后以冬虫夏草提取物10 mg· kg-1 ·d-1灌胃8周.另设同系移植对照组,该组受者移植后以生理盐水灌胃至术后8周.8周后取移植肾脏,观察组织病理变化,标准化移植肾损伤评分评价移植肾功能.流式细胞仪检测外周血的CD4+ CD25+T淋巴细胞及辅助性T淋巴细胞17型(TH17细胞)的分布状态,同时检测血清中白细胞介素(IL) 17、L-23和IL-2的浓度.结果 移植后8周,移植对照组、冬虫夏草低剂量组和冬虫夏草高剂量组移植肾组织均出现不同程度的慢性排斥反应病理改变,但给予冬虫夏草提取物处理者的病理改变明显较移植对照组轻,其标准化移植肾损伤评分也明显低于移植对照组(P<0.05).与移植对照组相比,冬虫夏草提取物处理的两组CD4+ CD25+T淋巴细胞占CD4+T淋巴细胞的比例增高,CD4+ IL-17+T淋巴细胞占CD4+T淋巴细胞的比例降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).冬虫夏草提取物处理的两组血清IL-2水平高于移植对照组,而IL-17和IL-23的水平低于移植对照组,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 冬虫夏草提取物能够减轻大鼠移植肾的慢性排斥反应,其作用机制可能是通过改变CD4+ IL-17+T淋巴细胞与CD4+ CD25+T淋巴细胞的平衡,上调抗炎症细胞因子,减少炎症细胞因子来实现的.%Objective To investigate the influence of Cordycepssinensis extract on chronic renal allograft rejection in rats and its action mechanism.Methods Brown-Norway rats and Lewis rats were used to establish the kidney transplantation model of chronic

  1. Mucormycosis (zygomycosis) of renal allograft.

    Gupta, Krishan L; Joshi, Kusum; Kohli, Harbir S; Jha, Vivekanand; Sakhuja, Vinay


    Fungal infection is relatively common among renal transplant recipients from developing countries. Mucormycosis, also known as zygomycosis, is one of the most serious fungal infections in these patients. The most common of presentation is rhino-cerebral. Isolated involvement of a renal allograft is very rare. A thorough search of literature and our medical records yielded a total of 24 cases with mucormycosis of the transplanted kidney. There was an association with cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and anti-rejection treatment in these patients and most of these transplants were performed in the developing countries from unrelated donors. The outcome was very poor with an early mortality in 13 (54.5%) patients. Renal allograft mucormycosis is a relatively rare and potentially fatal complication following renal transplantation. Early diagnosis, graft nephrectomy and appropriate antifungal therapy may result in an improved prognosis for these patients.

  2. Quiescent interplay between inducible nitric oxide synthase and tumor necrosis factor-alpha: influence on transplant graft vasculopathy in renal allograft dysfunction.

    Elahi, Maqsood M; Matata, Bashir M; Hakim, Nadey S


    A healthy endothelium is essential for vascular homeostasis, and preservation of endothelial cell function is critical for maintaining transplant allograft function. Damage to the microvascular endothelial cells is now regarded as a characteristic feature of acute vascular rejection, an important predictor of graft loss. It is also linked with transplant vasculopathy, often associated with chronic allograft nephropathy. Large bursts of nitric oxide in infiltrating monocytes/macrophages modulated by inducible nitric oxide synthase are considered pivotal in driving this mechanism. Indeed, it has been shown recently that increased circulating levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha in the rejecting kidneys are largely responsible for triggering inducible nitric oxide synthase expression. This in turn suggests that several structural and functional features of graft rejection could be mediated by tumor necrosis factor-alpha. Despite the large body of evidence that supports immunologic involvement, knowledge concerning the cellular and biochemical mechanisms for nephritic cell dysfunction and death is incomplete. The role of tumor necrosis factor-alpha in mediating pathophysiological activity of inducible nitric oxide synthase during transplant vasculopathy remains contentious. Here, we discuss the effect of inducible nitric oxide synthase and tumor necrosis factor-alpha interaction on progressive damage to glomerular and vascular structures during renal allograft rejection. Selective inhibition of inducible nitrous oxide synthase and tumor necrosis factor-alpha as a potential therapy for ameliorating endothelial dysfunction and transplant graft vasculopathy is also discussed.

  3. Understanding the causes of kidney transplant failure: the dominant role of antibody-mediated rejection and nonadherence.

    Sellarés, J; de Freitas, D G; Mengel, M; Reeve, J; Einecke, G; Sis, B; Hidalgo, L G; Famulski, K; Matas, A; Halloran, P F


    We prospectively studied kidney transplants that progressed to failure after a biopsy for clinical indications, aiming to assign a cause to every failure. We followed 315 allograft recipients who underwent indication biopsies at 6 days to 32 years posttransplant. Sixty kidneys progressed to failure in the follow-up period (median 31.4 months). Failure was rare after T-cell-mediated rejection and acute kidney injury and common after antibody-mediated rejection or glomerulonephritis. We developed rules for using biopsy diagnoses, HLA antibody and clinical data to explain each failure. Excluding four with missing information, 56 failures were attributed to four causes: rejection 36 (64%), glomerulonephritis 10 (18%), polyoma virus nephropathy 4 (7%) and intercurrent events 6 (11%). Every rejection loss had evidence of antibody-mediated rejection by the time of failure. Among rejection losses, 17 of 36 (47%) had been independently identified as nonadherent by attending clinicians. Nonadherence was more frequent in patients who progressed to failure (32%) versus those who survived (3%). Pure T-cell-mediated rejection, acute kidney injury, drug toxicity and unexplained progressive fibrosis were not causes of loss. This prospective cohort indicates that many actual failures after indication biopsies manifest phenotypic features of antibody-mediated or mixed rejection and also underscores the major role of nonadherence.

  4. 巨细胞病毒对小鼠心脏移植术后急性排斥反应的影响%Influence of MCMV on acute rejection in mice heterotopic cardiac transplantation

    彭润生; 陈昊; 杨兆华; 王春生


    Objective To observe the influence of MCMV infection on acute rejection in mice heterotopic allograft cardiac transplantation. Methods One hundrad and twenty mice were randomly divided into three groups: isograft group (group A,BALE/c→BALB/c) ,allograft CsA group (group B,C57BL/6→BALB/c) and allograft CsA + MCM-Vgroup(group C,C57BL/6→BALB/c). CsA 20 mg/kg. d was given in group B and group C i. p while 104PFU MCMV 0. 2 ml i. p in group C at first day after postopcration,and same dosage volumn of 0. 9% NS was given in group A. The heat beating and survival time of the transplanted hearts and pathology at 10th postoperation were observed. Results At 10d after operation,the rejection was not observed in the group A;in the group B,thc transplanted heats were beating powerful,and the inflamation cells in local were found in the myocardial interstitium, and myocardial degeneration was appeared;in the group C,thc transplanted heats were beating weak, the size and weight of the hearts increased. Lymphocytes and monocytes were infiltrated diffuse in endocardium,epicardium and myocardial intcrstitium. myocardial degeneration and necrosis was appeared. Furthermore,the survival time of the transplanted hearts were longer in group B (16. 7±1. 9 d) than that in group C (12.4 ± 1. 3d) (P<0. 01). In the group A, the transplanted heats were alive until the last visit. (60 d) Conclusion MCMV infection accelerates allograft acute rejection in mice heterotopic cardiac transplantation.%目的 观察巨细胞病毒(cytomegalovirus,CMV)感染对同种异基因小鼠腹腔异位移植心脏急性排斥反应的影响.方法 BALB/c小鼠80只,C57BL/6小鼠40只,按供、受鼠基因不同分为3组(每组20对):同质移植组(A组,BALB/c→BALB/c)、环胞素A 组(B组,C57BL/6→BALB/c)和小鼠巨细胞病毒联合环胞素A 组(C组,C57BL/6→BALB/c),施行小鼠腹腔异位心脏移植术.A组无药物干预,B组术后腹腔注射CsA 20 mg/kg.d,C组除腹腔注射CsA 20 mg

  5. Case of Acute Graft Failure during Suspected Humoral Rejection with Preserved Ejection Fraction, but Severely Reduced Longitudinal Deformation Detected by 2D-Speckle Tracking

    Tor Skibsted Clemmensen


    Full Text Available This case displays limited utility of left ventricular ejection fraction to detect acute graft failure due to microvascular vasculopathy and suspected humoral rejection. Despite severe and progressive graft failure, clinically and by right heart catheterizations, left ventricular ejection fraction remained unchanged, indicating need of more reliable noninvasive methods for graft function surveillance. Global longitudinal strain relates to clinical heart failure, filling pressure, and cardiac index during suspected humoral rejection and microvascular dysfunction in this HTX patient. We suggest routine monitoring of graft function by global longitudinal strain as supplement to routine left ventricular ejection fraction and diastolic Doppler measurements.

  6. Association of pro/anti-inflammatory cytokine gene variants in renal transplant patients with allograft outcome and cyclosporine immunosuppressant levels

    Parmeet Kaur Manchanda


    Full Text Available Parmeet Kaur Manchanda, Anant Kumar, Raj K Sharma, Himanshu Goel, Rama Devi MittalDepartment of Urology and Renal Transplantation, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Raebareli Road, Lucknow 226014, Uttar Pradesh, IndiaAbstract: T-helper (Th type 1/Th2 cytokines are key mediators in induction/effecter phases of all immune and inflammatory responses playing role in acute/chronic renal allograft rejection. Association studies lead to identification of patient risk profiles enabling individualization of level of immunosuppressions. We investigated the association of allograft rejection with interleukin-2 (IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α –308, transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β (C-del, codon 10 and 25 gene variants in 184 renal transplant recipients and 180 controls. These cytokine genotypes were also evaluated with cyclosporine levels (C2 at one month in 135 stable recipients. High producing genotypes B1B1 of IL-4 and AA of TNF-α −308 showed significant association with rejection of allograft. The dose-adjusted C2 levels were significantly lower in patients with the high producing genotype T/T of IL-2 and heterozygous G/C of TGF-β codon 25 (P = 0.012 and 0.010, respectively. Haplotype frequencies were comparable in subjects for TGF-β codon-10 and 25. Combined inter-gene interaction showed high risk for rejection in recipients with high producing genotype B1B1 of IL-4 and AA of TNF-α and high TNF-α (AA with low TGF-β (CC or Pro/Pro. In conclusion, association of IL-4 VNTR and TNF-α –308 suggested the involvement of these cytokines contributing to pathogenesis of allograft rejection. Recipients with TT genotype of IL-2 and GC of TGF-β codon 25 having low C2 levels may require higher cyclosporine dosage. Combined analysis of gene-gene interaction demonstrated synergistic effect of cytokines increasing risk for rejection. Thus, this information may help in pre-assessment of allograft outcome

  7. Factors affecting the long-term renal allograft survival

    WANG Wei; LI Xiao-bei; YIN Hang; YANG Xiao-yong; LIU Hang; REN Liang; HU Xiao-peng; WANG Yong; ZHANG Xiao-dong


    Background In the past decades, the one-year graft survival of cadaveric renal allografts has been markedly improved,but their long-term survival has not kept pace. The attrition rate of renal allografts surviving after one year remains almost unchanged. The causes for late graft loss are multiple. The aim of this study was to analyze the predictive factors that impact long-term survival of grafts after kidney transplantation.Methods We retrospectively analyzed 524 kidney transplantation patients who were treated in our hospital between January 1991 and January 2000, including 254 patients who had lived more than 10 years with normal graft function (long survival group), and 270 cases whose renal graft had survived less than 10 years (control group). Specifically, we analyzed 10 factors that may potentially affect graft survival by both univariate and Logistic model multivariate analyses to pinpoint the independent risk factors.Results Univariate analyses showed that no significant differences existed in the age or gender of recipients, dialysis time, lymphotoxin levels, or cold ischemia time between the two groups. However, the ratio of delayed graft function and acute rejection, and the uric acid levels of patients in the long survival group were significantly lower than those in the control group (P <0.01). Furthermore, we found that the concentration of cyclosporin A at one year after transplantation and the histocompatibility antigen match of donor-recipients for patients within the long survival group were significantly higher than those in the control group (P <0.01 ). Furthermore, multivariate analyses showed that these four factors were independent risk factors that impact patient survival.Conclusions The ratios of delayed graft function and acute rejection, the concentration of cyclosporin A at one year after transplantation, and serum uric acid levels are very important factors that affect the long-term survival of renal grafts.

  8. Involvement of miR-338-5p in antibody-mediated renal allograft rejection by targeting TRAF3%微小RNA-338-5p经靶向作用于TRAF3参与肾移植后抗体介导的排斥反应

    徐海燕; 何小舟; 马旭怡; 薛冬; 张雁云; 张学光


    Objective To explore the significantly differentially.expressed microRNAs during antibody-mediated renal allograft rejection.Method MicroRNA array assay was used,and the obtained data were analyzed by bioinformatics analysis.The obtained significant microRNAs were further analyzed to forecast the targeted genes in the common database,then experimental means were used to testify the targeted genes.Result During the antibody-mediated renal allograft rejection,the significantly over-expressed microRNAs were miR-200c,miR-200b,miR-30c,miR-30b and miR-30e+,etc.The significantly down-expressed microRNA was miR-338-5p.The bioinformatics analysis results indicated that TRAF3 was the targeted gene of miR-338-5p,which was testified by real time PCR,immunohistochemical assay and fluorescence reporter assay.Conclusion miR-338-5p anticipated in the antibody-mediated renal allograft rejection by targeting TRAF3.%目的 筛选肾移植术后抗体介导排斥反应时有显著差异的微小RNA(miR).方法 采用微小RNA芯片法对移植肾组织进行实验,筛选显著差异微小RNA;对显著差异微小RNA进行生物信息学分析,预测靶基因;对显著差异微小RNA进行实验验证.结果 芯片实验获得显著上调表达的miR-200c、miR-200b、miR-30c、miR-30b、miR-30e+等;显著下调表达的miR-338-5p.生物信息学分析显示肿瘤坏死因子受体作用因子3(TRAF3)为miR-338-5p的靶基因,在后续的荧光定量聚合酶链反应实验、免疫组织化学检测和荧光报告实验中得到证实.结论 miR-338-5p经靶向作用于TRAF3参与肾移植后抗体介导的排斥反应.

  9. Evaluation of renal allografts using {sup 99m} Tc mononuclear leukocytes; Avaliacao de transplantes renais utilizando-se {sup 99m} Tc-leucocitos mononucleares

    Souza, Sergio Augusto Lopes de; Martins, Flavia Paiva Proenca; Carvalho, Antonio Carlos Pires; Gutfilen, Bianca [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Radiologia]. E-mail:; Goncalves, Renato Torres; Pontes, Daniela Salomao [Hospital Universitario Clementino Fraga Filho, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Servico de Nefrologia; Fonseca, Lea Mirian Barbosa da [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Medicina Nuclear


    Renal allograft acute rejection must be promptly diagnosed since its reversibility is related to the readiness in which treatment is initiated. The aim of this study was: to establish a quantitative method to evaluate kidney rejection and acute tubular necrosis (Attn); to assess the potential role of {sup 99m} Tc-mononuclear leukocytes scintigraphy in the diagnosis of renal rejection and differential diagnosis of Attn. One hundred and sixty studies were performed in 80 renal transplant patients at the first and fifth day after transplantation. Autologous cells were used for labeling. Images were obtained at 30 minutes, 3 hours and 24 hours after intravenous administration of 444 MBq (12 mCi) of labeled cells. There was abnormal labeled cells uptake in 27 of 31 cases of rejection and in 6 of 8 cases of Attn. The results of each patient were compared with clinical findings. Doppler scanning detected 18 of 31 cases of rejection. Rejection diagnosis sensitivity and specificity rates using scintigraphy were 87.1 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively, and 58.1 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively using ultrasound. Renal biopsy was performed in eight patients which demonstrated seven cases of rejection and one case of ATN. These results suggest that {sup 99m} Tc-mononuclear leukocytes imaging may be useful in the early diagnosis of rejection and in the differential diagnosis of ATN. (author)

  10. Evaluation of allograft perfusion by radionuclide first-pass study in renal failure following renal transplantation

    Baillet, G.; Ballarin, J.; Urdaneta, N.; Campos, H.; Vernejoul, P. de; Fermanian, J.; Kellershohn, C.; Kreis, H.


    To assess the diagnostic value of indices measured on a first-pass curve, we performed 72 radionuclide renal first-pass studies (RFP) in 21 patients during the early weeks following renal allograft transplantation. The diagnosis was based on standard clinical and biochemical data and on fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of the transplant. Aortic and renal first-pass curves were filtered using a true low-pass filter and five different indices of renal perfusion were computed, using formulae from the literature. Statistical analysis performed on the aortic and renal indices indicated excellent reproducibility of the isotopic study. Although renal indices presented a rather large scatter, they all discriminated well between normal and rejection. Three indices have a particularly good diagnostic value. In the discrimination between rejection and Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN), only one index gave satisfying results. The indices, however, indicate that there are probably ATN with an alternation of renal perfusion and rejection episodes where perfusion is almost intact. We conclude that radionuclide first-pass study allows accurate and reproducible quantitation of renal allograft perfusion. The measured parameters are helpful to follow up the course of a post-transplantation renal failure episode and to gain more insight into renal ischemia following transplantation.

  11. Early Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy: Are the Viruses to Blame?

    Ashim Aggarwal


    Full Text Available This paper describes a case of early (7 months after transplant cardiac allograft vasculopathy. This-43-year-old (CMV positive, EBV negative female patient underwent an orthotopic heart transplant with a (CMV negative, EBV positive donor heart. She had a history of herpes zoster infection and postherpetic neuralgia in the past. The patient’s panel reactive antibodies had been almost undetectable on routine surveillance testing, and her surveillance endomyocardial biopsies apart from a few episodes of mild-to-moderate acute cellular rejection (treated adequately with steroids never showed any evidence of humoral rejection. The postoperative course was complicated by multiple admissions for upper respiratory symptoms, and the patient tested positive for entero, rhino, and coronaviruses serologies. During her last admission (seven months postoperatively the patient developed mild left ventricular dysfunction with an ejection fraction of 40%. The patient’s endomyocardial biopsy done at that time revealed concentric intimal proliferation and inflammation resulting in near-total luminal occlusion in the epicardial and the intramyocardial coronary vessels, suggestive of graft vasculopathy with no evidence of rejection, and the patient had a fatal ventricular arrhythmia.

  12. Long-term histopathology of allografts in sensitized kidney recipients.

    Miura, Masayoshi; Harada, Hiroshi; Fukasawa, Yuichiro; Hotta, Kiyohiko; Itoh, Yosuke; Tamaki, Tohru


    Successful desensitization therapy has brought satisfying short-term outcomes in the recipients with anti-donor antibody. We analyzed the long-term pathology of the allografts in the sensitized kidney recipients. Eleven stable recipients after desensitization against positive flow cytometry T-cell crossmatch (FTXM) were included. They were divided into two groups, based on the protocol biopsies findings at three to eight yr (group 1: subclinical glomerulitis and/or peritubular capillaritis, n = 5 and group 2: no rejection, n = 6). Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), presence of donor-specific antibody (DSA), mean channel shift (MCS) of FTXM, urine protein levels, acute antibody-mediated rejection (AAMR) episodes, and protocol biopsy findings were compared. Chronic transplant glomerulopathy was found in final biopsy of all group 1 cases. DSA was positive in 60% but C4d was positive in 20% case of the group 1. The history of AAMR was only found in the group 1. There was no difference in eGFR decline or proteinuria. The MCS of FTXM was higher in the group 1. The recipients with AAMR history, high MCS in FTXM, and subclinical microvascular inflammation in the early protocol biopsies have risk for developing chronic rejection in long term.

  13. Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor in acute rejection reaction following rat orthotopic liver transplantation.

    Zhang, Changsong; Yang, Guangshun; Lu, Dewen; Ling, Yang; Chen, Guihua; Zhou, Tianbao


    The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in acute rejection reaction (ARR) following orthotopic liver transplantation in a rat model. Serum VEGF and bFGF levels were detected using ELISA, and their expression levels in liver and spleen tissues were determined using immunohistochemistry. The mRNA expression levels of VEGF and bFGF were detected by conducting a quantitative polymerase chain reaction during the ARR following orthotopic liver transplantation. The expression levels of VEGF and bFGF in the serum 3 days following liver transplantation were significantly higher compared with those in the other groups (1 and 7 days following transplantation; Pliver tissue that were shown to be positive for the expression VEGF and bFGF using immunohistochemistry were significantly higher 3 days following transplantation than at the other time points (Pspleen detected 3 days following the transplantation surgery were also significantly higher compared with those at the other time points (Pchanged dynamically, by peaking and then declining, in ARR following orthotopic liver transplantation. These changes may have an important impact on angiogenesis and the inflammatory reaction, and the identification of these changes increases the current understanding of ARR following orthotopic liver transplantation.

  14. Differential diagnosis of acute rejection and chronic cyclosporine nephropathy after rat renal transplantation by detection of endothelial microparticles (EMP).

    Cui, Jiewei; Yang, Jing; Cao, Weike; Sun, Yi


    Endothelial microparticles (EMP) are small vesicles smaller than 1.0μm, released from endothelial cells (EC) during their activation and (or) apoptosis. The assay of the level of elevated EMP is a new approach to evaluate the dysfunction of endothelial cell. EMP can be classified into several types according to their membrane molecular, and the levels of various types of EMP may be different. As the most cost-effective immunodepressant, cyclosporine A (CsA) has been used widely in organ transplantation. But its dose is hard to control, under-medication may cause the acute rejection (AR) and overdose may cause chronic cyclosporine nephropathy (CCN). The cyclosporine A (CsA) caused CCN and the AR caused renal injury after renal transplantation are both vascular diseases related with endothelial dysfunction, and up to now, there is still no effective method to distinguish the two kinds of diseases. Owing to distinct pathogenesis of the two kinds of vascular diseases, the level of each type of EMP originated from vascular endothelial cells may be different. We hypothesize that maybe we can distinguish them by detecting the different levels of some types of EMP which is also related with vascular disease, and we propose to prove our hypothesis through animal experiment. If our hypothesis is proved, it will be more helpful for clinicians to adjust the dose of CsA promptly according to the differential diagnosis of the two kinds of diseases.

  15. Prevention of organ rejection in renal and liver transplantation with extended release tacrolimus

    Reschen ME


    Full Text Available Michael E Reschen, Christopher A O’Callaghan Henry Wellcome Building, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom Abstract: Tacrolimus is the key immunosuppressant used to prevent allograft rejection in kidney and liver transplant recipients. Despite the efficacy of tacrolimus and adjunctive immunosuppressants, a substantial number of patients experience episodes of acute rejection and late graft loss. Nonadherence is an etiological factor in both acute rejection and graft loss. In 2007, a prolonged release version of tacrolimus became available that allows once daily administration, thus halving the pill burden compared to the standard twice-daily tacrolimus. An increasing number of studies in de novo transplantation and in treatment conversion have evaluated the pharmacokinetic profile, efficacy, and safety of prolonged-release tacrolimus. We have reviewed the literature on the use of prolonged-release tacrolimus and hope that this will be of value in the design of protocols for transplant immunosuppression.Keywords: immunosuppression, kidney, hepatic, allograft, adherence

  16. 心肌声学造影评价大鼠心脏移植急性排斥反应模型心肌血流灌注的动态变化%Dynamic myocardial perfusion in acute rejection models of rats following heart transplantation with myocardial contrast echocardiography

    华兴; 吴蔚; 卓丽莎; 丁俊; 何芸; 陈朝辉


    Objective To assess the value of myocardial contrast echocardiography ( MCE ) for the myocardial perfusion of acute rejection in rats following heart transplantation. Methods Twenty-three male Brown Norway rats aged 12 - 15 weeks with a BMI of 143 ±23 g were used as allograft donors, and 53 male Lewis rats aged 12-15 weeks with a BMI of 158 ±19 g were used as allograft recipients (n - 23 ) , isograft donors (re = 15) and recipients (re = 15) in this study. Rat heart transplantation models were established by transplanting allograft in 23 rats and by transplanting isograft in 15 rats. Thirty established transplanted rats were divided into 3 groups on days 2, 4 and 6 with 6 allografts and 4 isografts in each, and then underwent MCE. Automatic fitting curve was plotted. A, β and A × β values were compared among 3 groups and between allograft and isograft transplantation groups. Results The rat heart transplantation models were successfully established in 18 allograft rats and in 12 isograft rats. The A, β and A X β values were significantly lower in allograft transplantation group on day 6 after transplantation ( 15. 87 ± 4. 20, 0. 320 ± 0. 019, 4. 974 ± 1. 355 , P<0.05,P<0.01) and in isograft transplantation group on day 2 than on days 4 and 6 after transplantation (21.71 ±0.017, 0.365 ±0.013, 7.908 ±0.374, P<0.05). A significant difference was found in the A and p values between allograft and isograft transplantation groups on day 6 after transplantation (P <0. 05) and the A × β value was significantly different on day 4, especially on day 6, after transplantation (P <0. 05, P < 0. 01) . Conclusion MCE can show the gradually decreasing myocardial perfusion characteristics of ischemia/ reperfusion and acute rejection in rats following heart transplantation, and can thus be used in the diagnosis and  monitoring of acute rejection, in which the A ×β value is a rather sensitive index.%目的 评价心肌声学造影在检测大鼠心脏移植急性

  17. An experimental model of chronic renal allograft rejection in SD-Wistar rats%改进SD-Wistar大鼠肾移植慢性排斥模型的造模方法

    余鹏程; 赵明; 刘永光; 郭颖; 李民; 肖宗宇; 胡孔和; 黄进军; 辛军; 吴志强


    model group were injected with cyclosporine microemulsion for 10 days (2 mg/kg/day,i.p.) after kidney transplantation. The rats in the control group were not treated with immunosuppressive therapy. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:The irreversible acute rejection occurred in al the transplanted kidneys of rats in the control group within 4 weeks, leading to the necrosis of transplanted kidney. Moderate inflammatory cel infiltration appeared in the transplanted kidneys of rats in the model group at 4, 8 and 12 weeks after transplantation. Typical histopathological changes of chronic rejection were observed within 12 weeks after transplantation. The Banff total scores were increased with time after transplantation. Al these histopathological changes were not observed in the intact right kidneys of rat recipients in both groups. The valey value of 

  18. Hyperosmolar nonketotic hyperglycemic coma induced by methylprednisolone pulse therapy for acute rejection after liver transplantation: a case report and review of the literature

    Zhou J


    Full Text Available Jian Zhou,* Weiqiang Ju,* Xiaopeng Yuan, Xiaofeng Zhu, Dongping Wang, Xiaoshun HeOrgan Transplant Center, First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Hyperosmolar nonketotic hyperglycemic coma (HNKHC is a serious, rare complication induced by methylprednisolone (MP pulse therapy for acute rejection after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT. Herein, we report an unusual case of a 58-year-old woman who experienced acute rejection at 30 months after OLT, only one case in which HNKHC resulted in MP pulse therapy for acute rejection in all 913 recipients in our center. The general morbidity of HNKHC was 1.09‰ in this study. HNKHC is characterized by rapid onset, rapid progression, and a lack of specific clinical manifestations. High-dose MP management was a clear risk factor. The principle of treatment included rapid rehydration, low-dose insulin infusion, and correcting disorders of electrolytes and acidosis. In conclusion, clinicians considering MP pulse therapy after OLT should be alert to the occurrence of HNKHC. Keywords: liver transplantation, complications, hyperosmolar nonketotic hyperglycemic coma, methylprednisolone pulse therapy, principle of treatment

  19. Diagnosis and treatment of acute rejection in the first case of human living-related small bowel transplantation with a long-term survival in China

    Wei-Liang Song; Wei-Zhong Wang; Guo-Sheng Wu; Meng-Bin Li; Ji-Peng Li; Gang Ji; Guang-Long Dond; Hong-Wei Zhang


    AIM: To report the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of acute rejection in the first case of living-related small bowel transplantation with a long-term survival in China.METHODS: A 18-year-old boy with short gut syndrome underwent living-related small bowel transplantation, with the graft taken from his father (44-year old). A segment of 150-cm distal small bowel was resected from the donor. The ilea-colic artery and vein from the donor were anastomosed to the infrarenal aorta and vena cava of the recipient respectively. The intestinal continuity was restored with an end-to-end anastomosis between the recipient jejunum and donor ileum, and the distal end was fistulized. FK506, MMF and prednisone were initially used for post-transplant immunosuppression. Endoscopic observation and mucosal biopsies of the graft were carried out through the terminal ileum enterostomy; serum was collected to detect the levels of IL-2R, IL-4, IL-6 and IL-8.The change of the graft secretion and absorption was observed.RESULTS: Acute rejection was diagnosed promptly and cured. The patient was in good health, 5 years after livingrelated small bowel transplantation.CONCLUSION: The correct diagnosis and treatment of acute rejection are the key to the long-term survival after living-related small bowel transplantation.

  20. Immune reactivity of cells from long-term rat renal allograft survivors

    Weiss, A.; Stuart, F.P.; Fitch, F.W.


    Lewis rats receiving an LBN kidney allograft demonstrate no signs of rejection if they are pretreated with donor spleen cells and antiserum reactive with the donor alloantigen. We examined the cellular reactivity of long-term kidney allograft survivors. Normal proliferative and cytolytic responses were obtained with spleen cells from long-term survivors, in marked contrast to the diminished responses of cells from neonatally tolerant rats or the heightened cytolytic response of cells from rats that had rejected a renal allograft. Serum from long-term renal allograft survivors as well as serum obtained from rats at the time of transplantation did not suppress proliferative or cytolytic responses of normal cells. The results of this study suggest that long-term renal allograft survivors possess the precursors of those cells which are responsible for proliferative and cytolytic responses in mixed leukocyte cultures, but that they have not been sensitized to their renal allograft.

  1. Cytokine production during the inhibition of acute vascular rejection in a concordant hamster-to-rat cardiac xenotransplantation model

    ZHANG Xiao-gang; L(U) Yi; WANG Bo; LI Hui; YU Liang; LIU Chang; WU Zheng; LIU Xue-min


    Background The aim of the current study was to investigate the role of interleukin (IL)-2, interferon (IFN)-γ, IL-4 and IL-10 in a concordant hamster-to-rat cardiac xenotransplantation model. Methods A hamster-to-rat cardiac transplantation was performed using SD rats as recipients of Golden Syrian hamster hearts. A total of 60 SD rats were divided into four groups and treated as follows: control group (n=15); splenectomy group (n=15); CsA group (n=15); CsA + splenectomy group (n=15). Levels of IL-2, IFN-γ, IL-4 and IL-10 were measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Sera were harvested at different time points in each group: day 1, and 3 as well as the day the xenograft stopped beating in the control group and CsA group; day 1, 3, 7, 14 and 30 in the splenectomy group and CsA+splenectomy group. The expression of P-selectin and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) was examined by immunohistochemical analysis of the xenograft after cardiac xenotransplantation. Results Serum levels of IL-2 and IFN-γ were upregulated in untreated (day 3) and splenectomy-treated animals (day 7) compared to CsA + splenectomy treated animals (day 7). IL-10 was upregulated in long-term survival recipients following splenectomy + CsA. Neither P-selectin nor ICAM-1 expression was detected in long-term survival xenografts. Conclusions Serum IL-2 and IFN-γ were elevated following acute vascular rejection. Serum IL-10 was correlated to immunosuppression and protective effects in long-term survival rats following concordant cardiac xenotransplantation.

  2. Serial measurement of Doppler hepatic hemodynamic parameters for the diagnosis of acute rejection after live donor liver transplantation.

    Sugimoto, Hiroyuki; Kato, Koichi; Hirota, Masashi; Takeda, Shin; Kamei, Hideya; Nakamura, Taro; Kiuchi, Tetsuya; Nakao, Akimasa


    To elucidate the role of Doppler hepatic hemodynamic parameters as surrogate markers of acute rejection (AR) after live donor liver transplantation (LDLT), serial Doppler measurements were prospectively performed during the first 2 weeks after LDLT to compare the longitudinal hepatic hemodynamic changes between patients with histologically proven AR and patients without histologically proven AR. Forty-six patients that had undergone adult-to-adult LDLT using a right lobe graft were enrolled in this study. The portal venous maximum velocity (PVV; cm/second), portal venous flow volume, hepatic arterial peak systolic velocity, hepatic arterial pulsatility index, hepatic venous maximum velocity, hepatic venous pulsatility index, and splenic arterial pulsatility index were measured. Fourteen patients were diagnosed by biopsy to have clinically relevant AR. Markedly increased PVV was seen soon after surgery and gradually decreased in both patients with clinically relevant AR and patients without clinically relevant AR. This serial change of decreasing PVV was significantly greater in patients with clinically relevant AR (P patients with clinically relevant AR was significantly lower than that in patients without clinically relevant AR (PVV on postoperative day 6: 35.6 +/- 21.3 versus 58.3 +/- 27.1 cm/second, respectively, P = 0.0080). A PVV cutoff value of 20.2 cm/second demonstrated the best accuracy for predicting clinically relevant AR. The sensitivity and specificity for predicting clinically relevant AR were 92.9% and 87.1%, respectively. The area under the curve was 0.94. In conclusion, serial Doppler measurement of hepatic parameters in LDLT is useful for the diagnosis of clinically relevant AR. Clinically relevant AR should therefore be suspected when a marked unexpected decrease in the PVV is observed.

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  4. Ahmedabad tolerance induction protocol and chronic renal allograft dysfunction: pathologic observations and clinical implications

    Trivedi Hargovind L


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic Renal Allograft Dysfunction (CRAD is responsible for a large number of graft failures. We have abrogated acute T-cell rejections using Ahmedabad Tolerance Induction Protocol (ATIP with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT under non-myeloablative conditioning pre-transplant. However B-cell mediated rejections and CRAD continue to haunt us. We carried out retrospective analysis of renal allograft biopsies performed in the last 4 years to evaluate the effect of ATIP on CRAD. Materials and methods Biopsies diagnosed as per modified Banff criteria belonged to 2 groups: ATIP under low dose immunosuppression of cyclosporine/Azathioprine/Mycofenolate mofetil+ Prednisolone, subjected to donor leucocyte transfusion, anti-T/B cell antibodies, low dose target specific irradiation, cyclophosphamide, cyclosporin followed by HSCT pre-transplant; controls who opted out of ATIP were transplanted under standard triple drug immunosuppression. Demographics of both groups were comparable. Results Incidence of chronic changes was higher in controls (17.5% vs. 10.98% in ATIP over a mean follow up of 151.9 months in the former and 130.9 months in the latter. Proteinuria and hypertension were higher in controls (48.4% vs. ATIP (32.7% with chronic transplant glomerulopathy, focal global sclerosis in 67.7% in controls vs. 46.7% in ATIP, acute on chronic T/B cell rejection in 51.6% controls vs. 28.1% ATIP, with peritubular capillary C4d deposits in 19.4% controls vs. 1.9% ATIP biopsies. Acute on chronic calcineurin inhibitor toxicity was higher in ATIP (71.9% vs. 48.4% in controls. Conclusion Chronic immune injury was less with ATIP vs controls as compared to a higher incidence of chronic calcineurin inhibitor toxicity in the former.

  5. FTY720 in combination with cyclosporine--an analysis of skin allograft survival and renal function.

    Silva, Francieli Ruiz; Silva, Lea Bueno Lucas; Cury, Patricia Maluf; Burdmann, Emmanuel Almeida; Bueno, Valquiria


    Acute and chronic nephrotoxicity caused by CsA continuous administration impair kidney allograft survival. Several clinical and experimental protocols have shown benefits to the kidney after decreasing CsA dose, withdrawing the drug or delaying its introduction after transplantation. FTY720 is a new compound that has immunosuppressive characteristics and increase allograft survival in animal models without causing the side effects of calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs). FTY720 described mechanism of action that consists to alter the lymphocyte migration pattern without impairment of the immune system response against pathogens. In our mice model, FTY720 administered alone or in combination with CsA during 21 days increased skin allograft survival in a fully mismatched strain combination and did not cause significant changes in renal function. Moreover, renal structure was normal in all groups suggesting that at low doses (10 mg/kg/day) CsA can be associated during short-term period to other immunosuppressive drugs, i.e. FTY720 without affecting the kidney. Combination of immunosuppressive compounds with FTY720 and/or delayed introduction of low cyclosporine dose could prevent graft rejection and avoid nephrotoxicity.

  6. The utility of cytodiagnostic urinalysis as a tool to diagnose kidney allograft dysfunction in the era lymphocyte-depleting induction therapy.

    Mehta, T; Sanaei-Ardekani, M; Farooqi, A; Khan, S; Shammas, A; Boonyapredee, M; Allston, C; Wu, J; Nsouli, H; Pehlivanova, M


    Cytodiagnostic urinalysis (CDU) has been used to evaluate causes of kidney allograft dysfunction, such as an acute rejection episode (ARE), calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) toxicity, or polyoma virus infection. We examined the concordance between CDU and allograft biopsy in patients with allograft dysfunction. Between 2002 and 2006, 201 patients had CDU performed within 7 days of a biopsy. The cohort was black (73%) with, male preponderance (59.2%), and an overall mean age of 48±13 years with 46% having received a deceased donor kidney. The induction regimen consisted of either antithymocyte globulin or alemtuzumab. CDU results that demonstrated 5 to 10 lymphocytes per high-power field (HPF) and >20 lymphocytes/HPF had 2.5 increased odds of predicting acute rejection (AR) on biopsy (odds ratio [OR] 2.5; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.12-5.79; P=.025). In the era of antithymocyte globulin induction, a CDU result demonstrating>5 lymphocytes/HPF had a 4.3 increased odds of predicting AR (CI 1.76-10.50; P=.001). This association was lost with alemtuzumab induction. A positive CDU result for calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) toxicity did not predict CNI nephrotoxcity on biopsy, but a positive CDU for polyoma virus infection predicted polyoma virus nephropathy (OR 22.18; CI: 4.41-111.63; PCDU is an adjunctive diagnostic tool for kidney transplantation.

  7. 丹参对肾移植大鼠慢性排斥移植肾病理变化及其TGF-β1表达的影响%Effect of salviae miltiorrhizae on histological changes and TGF-β1 expression in chronic renal allograft rejection rat kidney post-transplanted

    余鹏程; 胡义阳; 岳良升; 陈桦; 郭颖; 李民; 吴建平; 赵明


    目的 观察丹参对肾移植大鼠慢性排斥移植肾组织病理变化和转化生长因子-β1(TGF-β1)表达的影响.方法 制作SD-Wistar大鼠肾移植慢性排斥模型,完整保留受体右肾作为每个移植肾的内对照.选取移植成功受体15只,随机分成治疗组8只与对照组7只.治疗组受体大鼠自术后10 d起每日腹腔注射丹参注射液80 mg/kg至术后12周;对照组给予相同容量的生理盐水腹腔注射.术后12周取受体大鼠移植肾组织行组织病理学检查,并用免疫组化染色法检测移植肾中的TGF-β1.结果 移植后12周,两组受体移植肾均存活,体积较正常右肾略小,色泽较苍白,出现不同程度的单个核细胞浸润、肾小球硬化、肾小管萎缩、间质纤维化和小动脉内膜纤维性增厚等慢性排斥组织病理学改变.治疗组大鼠移植肾组织的病理改变Banff评分(6.40±1.04)分,明显低于对照组的(7.87±0.55)分,P<0.01.TGF-β1主要表达于肾小管和间质细胞.治疗组肾组织的TGF-β1表达强度为6.55±0.95,明显低于对照组的7.74±0.97,P<0.05.结论 丹参能够减轻大鼠肾移植慢性排斥移植肾组织病理学损害,下调移植肾组织TGF-β1的表达.%Objective To explore the effect of salviae miltiorrhizae powder injection on histological changes and TGFβ1 expression in choronic renel allograft rejoection rat kindney pest-transplanted chronic renal allograft rejection. Methods Orthotopic kidney transplantation were performed in strain combinations of SD to Wistar. The native kidney of the recipients were kept and used as an internal control. 15 successfiul recipients were randommized into treating group( n =8)and control group(n =7). The recipients of the two groups were treated with salviae miltiorrhizae powder for injection at doses of 80 mg/( kg · d) ( treating group)or the same volume of saline solution( control group) per day from day 10 until week 12 after transplantation. All receipients of

  8. 大鼠肝移植急性排斥反应的淋巴细胞蛋白质组学研究%Proteomics analysis of lymphocyte involving in acute rejection after liver transplantation within rats

    张国伟; 周杰


    Objective To screen specific functional proteins from lymphocyte involved in acute rejection using differential proteomics research.Methods Two groups of rat liver transplantation models were established(isograft as control and allograft as acute rejection groups)by transplantation within Wistar rats,and between Wistar and SD.Morphology study were performed by histochemistry tech,followed by serum cytokine detection with ELISA.With 2-dimensional electrophoresis,proteomes of lymphocyte from the rats of different groups were separated and 2 proteome profiles were established.Comparing with the 2 profiles,25 spots were selected and picked for in gel digestion,followed for analysis by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization(MALDI)-time of fly(TOF)/TOF MS.Two of the proteins were detected with Western blot to verify the changing profiles.Results The results of morphology analysis and detection of cytokines(IL-2 and IFN-γ)indicate that the animal models were established successfully and acute rejection happened after transplantation for 3 days.Twenty-five differential proteins were found out to be associated with acute rejection,among which 13 proteins were upregulated and 12 downregulated.The expression alterations of 2 proteins(β-actin and carbonic anhydrase)are consistent with proteomics analysis results showing in Western blot.Conclusions Twenty-five specific proteins exploiting mechanism of acute rejection are screened out,including IL-2 and carbonic anhydrase,which maybe benefit for the further works.%目的 利用差异蛋白质学寻找肝移植急性免疫排斥反应相关功能蛋白.方法 选取SD大鼠与Wistar大鼠,建立大鼠同种异体肝移植的动物模型(急性排斥组)和大鼠同基因移植的动物模型(对照组);使用组织化学方法 对移植肝脏进行形态学观察;利用ELISA检测受体血清细胞因子;通过双向凝胶电泳分离急性排斥组和对照组肝移植后受体大鼠脾脏的淋巴细胞蛋白质,通过

  9. Heavy Proteinuria as a Manifestation of Acute Allograft Rejection Presenting Early after Kidney Transplantation: A Retrospective, Single-Center Case Series


    Abstract: The differential diagnosis of heavy proteinuria presenting early after kidney transplantation has generally included de novo or recurrent...SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT The differential diagnosis of heavy proteinuria presenting early after kidney transplantation has generally included de novo...Deceased Donor 1 IgA Nephropathy 9 days 100mg% dipstick 1.5 5.8 Urine dip negative 1.5 0.5 gm/Kg/d x 5d 5 53 F AA Deceased Donor 2 Membranous

  10. Immunologic basis of graft rejection and tolerance following transplantation of liver or other solid organs.

    Sánchez-Fueyo, Alberto; Strom, Terry B


    Transplantation of organs between genetically different individuals of the same species causes a T cell-mediated immune response that, if left unchecked, results in rejection and graft destruction. The potency of the alloimmune response is determined by the antigenic disparity that usually exists between donors and recipients and by intragraft expression of proinflammatory cytokines in the early period after transplantation. Studies in animal models have identified many molecules that, when targeted, inhibit T-cell activation. In addition, some of these studies have shown that certain immunologic interventions induce transplantation tolerance, a state in which the allograft is specifically accepted without the need for chronic immunosuppression. Tolerance is an important aspect of liver transplantation, because livers have a unique microenvironment that promotes tolerance rather than immunity. In contrast to the progress achieved in inducing tolerance in animal models, patients who receive transplanted organs still require nonspecific immunosuppressant drugs. The development of calcineurin inhibitors has reduced the acute rejection rate and improved short-term, but not long-term, graft survival. However, long-term use of immunosuppressive drugs leads to nephrotoxicity and metabolic disorders, as well as manifestations of overimmunosuppression such as opportunistic infections and cancers. The status of pharmacologic immunosuppression in the clinic is therefore not ideal. We review recently developed therapeutic strategies to promote tolerance to transplanted livers and other organs and diagnostic tools that might be used to identify patients most likely to accept or reject allografts.

  11. Delayed Graft Function in Kidney Transplants: Time Evolution, Role of Acute Rejection, Risk Factors, and Impact on Patient and Graft Outcome

    Martin Chaumont


    Full Text Available Background. Although numerous risk factors for delayed graft function (DGF have been identified, the role of ischemia-reperfusion injury and acute rejection episodes (ARE occurring during the DGF period is ill-defined and DGF impact on patient and graft outcome remains controversial. Methods. From 1983 to 2014, 1784 kidney-only transplantations from deceased donors were studied. Classical risk factors for DGF along with two novel ones, recipient’s perioperative saline loading and residual diuresis, were analyzed by logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic (ROC curves. Results. Along with other risk factors, absence of perioperative saline loading increases acute rejection incidence (OR = 1.9 [1.2–2.9]. Moreover, we observed two novel risk factors for DGF: patient’s residual diuresis ≤500 mL/d (OR = 2.3 [1.6–3.5] and absence of perioperative saline loading (OR = 3.3 [2.0–5.4]. Area under the curve of the ROC curve (0.77 [0.74–0.81] shows an excellent discriminant power of our model, irrespective of rejection. DGF does not influence patient survival (P=0.54. However, graft survival is decreased only when rejection was associated with DGF (P<0.001.  Conclusions. Perioperative saline loading efficiently prevents ischemia-reperfusion injury, which is the predominant factor inducing DGF. DGF per se has no influence on patient and graft outcome. Its incidence is currently close to 5% in our centre.

  12. Liver allograft pathology in healthy pediatric liver transplant recipients.

    Briem-Richter, Andrea; Ganschow, Rainer; Sornsakrin, Marijke; Brinkert, Florian; Schirmer, Jan; Schaefer, Hansjörg; Grabhorn, Enke


    Liver transplantation offers excellent results for children with end-stage liver disease, and efforts should be directed toward maintaining long-term graft health. We evaluate graft pathology in healthy pediatric transplant recipients with low-maintenance immunosuppressive medications to assess whether protocol biopsies are helpful for adapting immunosuppression and protecting long-term graft function. Liver biopsies were performed on 60 healthy pediatric liver transplant recipients, and histological findings were correlated with laboratory, serological, and radiological results. Fourteen patients (23%) were diagnosed with acute or early chronic rejection, and immunosuppressive medications were increased in these children. Liver function tests did not correlate with histological findings. The incidence of fibrosis was 36% in transplant recipients five or more years after liver transplantation. We observed an unexpectedly high prevalence of rejection and fibrosis in children with no laboratory abnormalities, which led to changes in their immunosuppressive medications. Scheduled biopsies appear to be useful in pediatric transplant recipients with low immunosuppressive medications for early detection of morphological changes in liver transplants. Further studies are needed to evaluate whether adaption of immunosuppression helps to reduce tissue damage and the incidence of allograft dysfunction in the long term.

  13. Macrophage-to-Myofibroblast Transition Contributes to Interstitial Fibrosis in Chronic Renal Allograft Injury.

    Wang, Ying-Ying; Jiang, Hong; Pan, Jun; Huang, Xiao-Ru; Wang, Yu-Cheng; Huang, Hong-Feng; To, Ka-Fai; Nikolic-Paterson, David J; Lan, Hui-Yao; Chen, Jiang-Hua


    Interstitial fibrosis is an important contributor to graft loss in chronic renal allograft injury. Inflammatory macrophages are associated with fibrosis in renal allografts, but how these cells contribute to this damaging response is not clearly understood. Here, we investigated the role of macrophage-to-myofibroblast transition in interstitial fibrosis in human and experimental chronic renal allograft injury. In biopsy specimens from patients with active chronic allograft rejection, we identified cells undergoing macrophage-to-myofibroblast transition by the coexpression of macrophage (CD68) and myofibroblast (α-smooth muscle actin [α-SMA]) markers. CD68(+)/α-SMA(+) cells accounted for approximately 50% of the myofibroblast population, and the number of these cells correlated with allograft function and the severity of interstitial fibrosis. Similarly, in C57BL/6J mice with a BALB/c renal allograft, cells coexpressing macrophage markers (CD68 or F4/80) and α-SMA composed a significant population in the interstitium of allografts undergoing chronic rejection. Fate-mapping in Lyz2-Cre/Rosa26-Tomato mice showed that approximately half of α-SMA(+) myofibroblasts in renal allografts originated from recipient bone marrow-derived macrophages. Knockout of Smad3 protected against interstitial fibrosis in renal allografts and substantially reduced the number of macrophage-to-myofibroblast transition cells. Furthermore, the majority of macrophage-to-myofibroblast transition cells in human and experimental renal allograft rejection coexpressed the M2-type macrophage marker CD206, and this expression was considerably reduced in Smad3-knockout recipients. In conclusion, our studies indicate that macrophage-to-myofibroblast transition contributes to interstitial fibrosis in chronic renal allograft injury. Moreover, the transition of bone marrow-derived M2-type macrophages to myofibroblasts in the renal allograft is regulated via a Smad3-dependent mechanism.

  14. Successful Salvage of a Renal Allograft after Acute Renal Vein Thrombosis due to May-Thurner Syndrome

    Omkar U. Vaidya


    Full Text Available A 68-year-old Caucasian female with a past medical history of a deceased donor kidney transplant four months prior was admitted with a two-day history of anuria and acute kidney injury. A renal ultrasound demonstrated thrombus in the transplanted kidney's renal vein that extended into the left iliac vein as well as into the left femoral venous system. Catheter-guided tissue thrombolytics were infused directly into the clot. Within twelve hours of initiating thrombolytic infusion, there was brisk urine output. Interval venography demonstrated decreasing clot burden. At the time of discharge her creatinine was 0.78 mg/dL, similar to her baseline value prior to presentation. The patient was noted to have May-Thurner syndrome on intravascular ultrasound (IVUS. Angioplasty followed by stent placement was done. Unique to our case report was the timing of the presentation of renal vein thrombosis (four months after transplant and the predisposing anatomy consistent with May-Thurner syndrome, which was diagnosed with IVUS and successfully treated with local thrombolytics.

  15. MR evaluation of renal allografts; Rola badania MR w ocenie nerki przeszczepionej

    Slapa, R.Z.; Jakubowski, W.; Tyminska, B. [Zaklad Diagnostyki Obrazowej, Wojewodzki Zespol Publicznych Zakladow Opieki Zdrowotnej, Warsaw (Poland)


    The paper presents state of the art in MR evaluation of renal allografts. MRI is very sensitive in diagnosis of renal allograft rejection. This diagnosis is mainly based on evaluation of cortico-medullary differentiation. MRI has potential for differential diagnosis of pathological perirental fluid collections. T2-weighted images and paramagnetic contrast agent studies diagnosis of allograft necrosis. MRA is useful for evaluation of possible vascular surgical complications. New applications of MR technique for evaluation of renal allograft as dynamic contrast agent studies and spectroscopy are under investigation. (author) 15 refs, 2 figs

  16. 利用RelB小干扰RNA沉默的树突状细胞预防急性排斥反应%Prevention of acute rejection by RelB siRNA-silenced dendritic cells

    邱涛; 祝恒成; 刘修恒; 胡春海


    Objective To prevente acute rejection in cardiac transplantation by using tolerogenic dendritic cells (DC).Methods The mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) was performed by RelB siRNA-DC with allogenic antigen-specific T cells.The apoptosis rate of T cells and the ratio of CD4 + CD25 + Foxp3 + regulatory T cells were detected by using flow cytometry after MLR.In the murine model of cardiac transplantation,the survival time was observed after infusion of RelB siRNA-DC before transplantation.HE staining was used to examine the rejection degree in the specimens of allografts.Results Mature DC and LucR siRNA DC could stimulate the proliferation of T cells more strongly than immature DC and RelB siRNA-DC (P < 0.05).The RelB siRNA-DC could induce allogeneic T cell hyporesponsiveness,but had no specific reactivity on the third kind T cells (P > 0.05).RelB siRNA-DC induced T cell apoptosis [(29.21 ± 7.55)%,P < 0.05] and promoted T cells differentation into CD4 + CD25 + Foxp3 + regulatory T cells [(65.3 ± 12.6)%,P < 0.05].In the mouse cardiac transplantation model,infusion of donor-derived Lenti-RelB siRNA-DC could prolong the graft survival time (P < 0.05) and reduce rejection occurrence.Conclusion Donor-derived RelB-siRNA-induced tolerogenic DC can significantly induce immune tolerance in vitro and in vivo.%目的 利用RelB小干扰RNA (siRNA)沉默的树突状细胞(DC)预防心脏移植排斥反应.方法 RelB siRNA-DC同同种抗原特异性T细胞进行混合淋巴细胞反应,检测反应后T细胞凋亡率及CD4+ CD25+叉状头/翅膀状螺旋转录因子(Foxp3)+调节性T细胞的比率;利用小鼠心脏移植模型,于移植前输注各组DC,观察移植后小鼠心脏存活时间;苏木素-伊红(HE)染色检测排斥反应程度.结果 较其他3组DC,RelB siRNA组DC刺激同种T细胞增殖能力明显减弱(P<0.05);但对第3方抗原T细胞无特异性低反应性(P>0.05);RelB siRNA-DC诱导T细胞凋亡率增加(29.21±7.55)

  17. Rejecting Change



    British voters overwhelmingly reject an alternative voting system The British electorate,in only the second ever national referendum held in their history (the first was on joining the EU,over 35 years ago) rejected alterations to their voting system from the current first-past-the-post system to a form of alternative voting similar to that used

  18. Precision Subtypes of T Cell-Mediated Rejection Identified by Molecular Profiles

    Kadota, Paul Ostrom; Hajjiri, Zahraa; Finn, Patricia W.; Perkins, David L.


    Among kidney transplant recipients, the treatment of choice for acute T cell-mediated rejection (TCMR) with pulse steroids or antibody protocols has variable outcomes. Some rejection episodes are resistant to an initial steroid pulse, but respond to subsequent antibody protocols. The biological mechanisms causing the different therapeutic responses are not currently understood. Histological examination of the renal allograft is considered the gold standard in the diagnosis of acute rejection. The Banff Classification System was established to standardize the histopathological diagnosis and to direct therapy. Although widely used, it shows variability among pathologists and lacks criteria to guide precision individualized therapy. The analysis of the transcriptome in allograft biopsies, which we analyzed in this study, provides a strategy to develop molecular diagnoses that would have increased diagnostic precision and assist the development of individualized treatment. Our hypothesis is that the histological classification of TCMR contains multiple subtypes of rejection. Using R language algorithms to determine statistical significance, multidimensional scaling, and hierarchical, we analyzed differential gene expression based on microarray data from biopsies classified as TCMR. Next, we identified KEGG functions, protein–protein interaction networks, gene regulatory networks, and predicted therapeutic targets using the integrated database ConsesnsusPathDB (CPDB). Based on our analysis, two distinct clusters of biopsies termed TCMR01 and TCMR02 were identified. Despite having the same Banff classification, we identified 1933 differentially expressed genes between the two clusters. These genes were further divided into three major groups: a core group contained within both the TCMR01 and TCMR02 subtypes, as well as genes unique to TCMR01 or TCMR02. The subtypes of TCMR utilized different biological pathways, different regulatory networks and were predicted to

  19. Can Skin Allograft Occasionally Act as a Permanent Coverage in Deep Burns? A Pilot Study 

    Rezaei, Ezzatollah; Beiraghi-Toosi, Arash; Ahmadabadi, Ali; Tavousi, Seyed Hassan; Alipour Tabrizi, Arash; Fotuhi, Kazem; Jabbari Nooghabi, Mehdi; Manafi, Amir; Ahmadi Moghadam, Shokoofeh


    BACKGROUND Skin allograft is the gold standard of wound coverage in patients with extensive burns; however, it is considered as a temporary wound coverage and rejection of the skin allograft is considered inevitable. In our study, skin allograft as a permanent coverage in deep burns is evaluated. METHODS Skin allograft survival was assessed in 38 patients from March 2009 to March 2014, retrospectively. Because of the lack of tissue specimen from the skin donors, patients with long skin allograft survival in whom the gender of donor and recipient of allograft was the same were excluded. Seven cases with skin allograft longevity and opposite gender in donor and recipient were finally enrolled. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on the biopsy specimen from recipients and donors were undertaken. RESULTS PCR on the biopsy specimen from recipients confirmed those specimens belong to the donors. All patients received allograft from the opposite sex. Two (28.57%) patients received allograft from their first-degree blood relatives, and in one (14.29%) case, the allograft was harvested from an alive individual with no blood relation. The rest were harvested from multiorgan donors. In eight months of follow up, no clinical evidence of graft rejection was noted. CONCLUSION Long term persistence of skin allograft in patients is worthy of more attention. Further studies An increase in knowledge of factors influencing this longevity could realize the dream of burn surgeons to achieve a permanent coverage other than autograft for major burn patients.

  20. S108抑制大鼠肾移植排斥反应时细胞间粘附分子-1的表达%S108 inhibits the expression of cell adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) during the rejection of renal allograft in rat

    沈文律; 黄孝伦; 周泽清; 李幼平; 王学; 杜成友


    观测细胞间粘附分子-1(ICAM-1)在大鼠移植肾的表达,旨在探索S108抗排斥作用的机理以及对ICAM-1的表达有无抑制作用.共分5个实验组:即同品系移植组、不用药对照组、短期单用环孢素A(CsA)组、小剂量CsA联合S108组及单用S108组.采用小鼠抗大鼠单克隆抗体(IA29)测定移植肾内ICAM-1的表达,每一标本采用计算机图象分析定量测定.结果表明,ICAM-1在同品系移植肾肾小管周围的毛细血管内皮细胞、静脉和肾小管仅呈微弱阳性表达,不表达于肾间质组织.排斥时ICAM-1在移植肾血管内皮细胞、组织间质和肾小管上广泛表达,表达水平高低与移植肾排斥强弱有相关性,S108可降低ICAM-1抗原分子在移植肾的表达水平,呈现抗排斥效应.%In order to explore the anti-rejection mechanism of S108 and its inhibition on the ICAM-1 expression, the "expression of ICAM-1 in rat renal isografts and allografts was studied.The rats were divided into 5 experimental groups. The expression of ICAM-1 in the renal grafts was determined using mouse anti-rat monoclonal antibody (IA29). Quantitative measurement was performed in each samples using computer imaging analysis. The results showed that the expression of ICAM-1 presented faint positive inthe capillary endothelial cells, veins around the tubules and the tubules in the same strain renal grafts. No ICAM-1 expression was found in the renal intestitial tissue. The extensive expression of ICAM-1 was found in the endothelial cells, intestitial tissue and tubules of the renal grafts during the rejection with the expression level relative to the severity of the rejection of the renal grafts. S108 could reduce the expression level of ICAM-1 in the renal grafts, so as to present anti-rejection reaction.

  1. Urinary calprotectin and posttransplant renal allograft injury

    Tepel, Martin; Borst, Christoffer; Bistrup, Claus


    OBJECTIVE: Current methods do not predict the acute renal allograft injury immediately after kidney transplantation. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of urinary calprotectin for predicting immediate posttransplant allograft injury. METHODS: In a multicenter, prospective-cohort study of 144...... incipient renal transplant recipients, we postoperatively measured urinary calprotectin using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) after 4 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months. RESULTS: We observed a significant inverse association of urinary calprotectin...... regression showed that higher urinary calprotectin concentrations and older donor age predicted lower eGFR four weeks, 6 months, and 12 months after transplantation. CONCLUSIONS: Urinary calprotectin is an early, noninvasive predictor of immediate renal allograft injury after kidney transplantation....

  2. 供肝冷缺血时间延长诱发大鼠原位肝移植术后早期急性排斥反应的研究%Effect of cold ischemia on early acute rejection after orthotopic liver transplantation in rats

    施晓敏; 朱有华; 傅志仁; 丁国善; 王正昕; 倪之嘉; 傅宏; 马钧; 郭闻渊; 高晓刚


    Objective To study the mechanism and the impact of prolonged cold ischemia on early acute rejection in rat liver allografts.Methods Thirty cases of isotransplantations from BN to BN rats and 30 cases of allotransplantations from Lewis to BN rats were performed,and donor livers were subjected to 1 or 18 h cold ischemia in 4℃ University of Wisconsin solution before transplantation.Rats were randomly divided into 4 groups (n=15 each):group A:isografts with 1 h cold ischemia transplantation;group B:isografts with 18 h cold isehemia transplantation;group C:allografts with 1 h cold ischemia transplantation;group D:allografts with 18 h cold ischemia transplantation.Recipients were sacrificed at day 2,4 and 6 postoperation (n=3 animals/group/time point for isografts and allografts).Representative specimens were collected for immunohistological assay of MHC-Ⅱand NF-κB or snap frozen in liquid nitrogen for morphological observation.Serum levels of ALT and TBiL were determined.Six recipients of each group were observed for 2-week survival rate postoperatively.Results Immunohistochemical staining of postoperative liver specimens showed stronger MHC-Ⅱ expression on either vascular endothelium or bile duct epithelium in group B than in group A (P<0.05).In allografts groups,there was a significantly greater expression of MHC-Ⅱ in liver specimens.Prolonged cold ischemia not only up-regulated the expression of NF-κB,but also advanced peak value of the expression of them.There was a significant difference in 2-week survival rate between two allografts groups (P<0.05).Conclusions Cold ischemia may predispose the liver allograft to the development of acute rejection,in part,not only through the upregulation of the expression of MHC-Ⅱ,but also through the activation of NF-κB.Prolonged cold ischemia can shortern 2-week survival rate postoperatively as well.%目的 研究供肝冷缺血时间延长对大鼠原位肝移植术后早期急性排斥反应的影响.方法

  3. Role of nitric oxide in experimental obliterative bronchiolitis (chronic rejection) in the rat.

    Kallio, E A; Koskinen, P K; Aavik, E; Vaali, K; Lemstöm, K B


    The role of nitric oxide in obliterative bronchiolitis development, i.e., chronic rejection, was investigated in the heterotopic rat tracheal allograft model. An increase in the intragraft inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) mRNA and mononuclear inflammatory cell iNOS immunoreactivity was demonstrated during progressive loss of respiratory epithelium and airway occlusion in nontreated allografts compared to syngeneic grafts. In nontreated allografts, however, intragraft nitric oxide produc...

  4. The role of ELISPOT in early diagnosis of acute rejection%酶联免疫斑点技术在心脏移植术后早期诊断急性排斥反应中的作用

    朱鹏; 陈义发; 陈孝平


    Objective To study the method for early diagnosis of acute rejection and the role of ELISPOT in donor evaluation. Methods All ventral heterotopic cardiac transplantation models were divided into three groups(each group having 25 recipients)as follows:rejection group(C57BL/6 donor heart to BALB/c recipient,no specific treatment after transplantation),treated group(C57BL/6donor heart to BALB/c recipient, donor specific splenocytes transfusion before transplantation plus 5 μg/g cyclosporin A per day applied continuously from 1 day before operation to 7 day posttransplantation),isograft group(BALB/c donor heart to BALB/c recipient,no specific treatment after transplantation). Mean survival time(MST)and histopathologic changes were observed. By using ELISPOT assay,IFN-γ-secreting splenocytes were detected and counted. Results MST of heart allografts in rejection and treated groups was(7.8±0.77)and(14.80±1.01)days respectively. The survival time of grafts in isograft group was all more than 28 days. There was significant difference among three groups. The number of infiltrating cells in rejection group was much more than the other groups as well as the extent of histopathologic changes. The number of donor-specific IFN-γ-secreting splenocytes in three groups on the posttransplantation day 4 and 7 was(288±16)、(32±10)、(6±2)/2×105and(416±19)、(44±8)、(7±2)/2×105,respectively,which had negative correlation with MST and positive correlation with histopathologic changes. Conclusions The detection of donor-specific IFN-γ-secreting splenocytes with ELISPOT assay might be a useful indicator for early diagnosis of acute rejection.This assay had high sensitivity and specificity enough for pretransplant donor evaluation.%目的 探讨酶联免疫斑点技术(ELISPOT)在心脏移植术后早期诊断急性排斥反应中的作用及在供者评估方面的应用价值.方法 采用小鼠腹部心脏移植模型,将实验小鼠分为3组,每组25对.(1)

  5. Reversal of Diabetes by Islet Transplantation: Vulnerability of the Established Allograft

    Bowen, K. M.; Prowse, S. J.; Lafferty, K. J.


    Nonspecific stimulation of the immune system of CBA mice carrying a functional BALB/c islet allograft failed to trigger graft rejection. Only three of six animals rejected their graft when injected intravenously with 105, 106, and 107 peritoneal cells of BALB/c origin over a 3-month period commencing 100 days after transplantation.

  6. Modeling rejection immunity

    Gaetano Andrea De


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Transplantation is often the only way to treat a number of diseases leading to organ failure. To overcome rejection towards the transplanted organ (graft, immunosuppression therapies are used, which have considerable side-effects and expose patients to opportunistic infections. The development of a model to complement the physician’s experience in specifying therapeutic regimens is therefore desirable. The present work proposes an Ordinary Differential Equations model accounting for immune cell proliferation in response to the sudden entry of graft antigens, through different activation mechanisms. The model considers the effect of a single immunosuppressive medication (e.g. cyclosporine, subject to first-order linear kinetics and acting by modifying, in a saturable concentration-dependent fashion, the proliferation coefficient. The latter has been determined experimentally. All other model parameter values have been set so as to reproduce reported state variable time-courses, and to maintain consistency with one another and with the experimentally derived proliferation coefficient. Results The proposed model substantially simplifies the chain of events potentially leading to organ rejection. It is however able to simulate quantitatively the time course of graft-related antigen and competent immunoreactive cell populations, showing the long-term alternative outcomes of rejection, tolerance or tolerance at a reduced functional tissue mass. In particular, the model shows that it may be difficult to attain tolerance at full tissue mass with acceptably low doses of a single immunosuppressant, in accord with clinical experience. Conclusions The introduced model is mathematically consistent with known physiology and can reproduce variations in immune status and allograft survival after transplantation. The model can be adapted to represent different therapeutic schemes and may offer useful indications for the optimization of

  7. Kidney allograft tolerance in diabetic patients after total lymphoid irradiation (TLI)

    Ang, K.K.; Vanrenterighem, Y.; Waer, M.; Michielsen, P.; Schueren, E. van der (University Hospital St. Rafael, Leuven (Belgium)); Vandeputte, M. (Louvain Univ. (Belgium). Rega Institute for Medical Research)


    The value of total lymphoid irradiation (TLI) combined with low dose prednisone as sole immunosuppressive regimen in renal allograft transplantation in humans has been investigated. Seventeen patients with end-stage diabetic nephropathy received TLI to a cumulative dose of 20-30 Gy in fractions of 1 Gy. Cadaver kidneys were grafted as soon as they were available after completion of TLI. Profound and long-term immunosuppression has been achieved in 17 patients. Six patients live already more than one year and 7 for less than one year with a functioning kidney graft. One patient returned to chronic hemodialysis 11 months after transplantation and died of pericardial tamponade one month later. One patient had severe acute rejection for which cyclosporine A was administered; he died of septic shock as a consequence of immune deficiency a month later. The other two patients succumbed to other causes (myocardial infarction and hyperglycemia).

  8. Interstitial inflammatory lesions of the pulmonary allograft: a retrospective analysis of 2697 transbronchial biopsies

    Burton, C.M.; Iversen, M.; Carlsen, J.


    of 2697 biopsies were evaluated corresponding to a mean of 6+/-2 (median 8) completed schedules per patient. Diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) was the second most common histological finding within the first 2 weeks after transplantation. The peak prevalence of bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia......, incidence and possible associations between commonly identified inflammatory and fibrotic lesions in the pulmonary allograft. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of all transbronchial biopsies performed within the first 2 years of 299 lung-transplanted patients in the period 1996 to 2006. RESULTS: A total.......0001, respectively). Acute cellular rejection was not associated with DAD, and patients with lymphocytic bronchiolitis were not more likely to demonstrate features of organizing pneumonia (DAD or BOOP). CONCLUSIONS: Histologic findings of ACR, lymphocytic bronchiolitis, BOOP, and interstitial pneumonitis were...

  9. Gr-1intCD11b+ myeloid-derived suppressor cells accumulate in corneal allograft and improve corneal allograft survival.

    Choi, Wungrak; Ji, Yong Woo; Ham, Hwa-Yong; Yeo, Areum; Noh, Hyemi; Jin, Su-Eon; Song, Jong Suk; Kim, Hyeon Chang; Kim, Eung Kwon; Lee, Hyung Keun


    We identified the characteristics of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and investigated their mechanism of induction and their functional role in allograft rejection using a murine corneal allograft model. In mice, MDSCs coexpress CD11b and myeloid differentiation antigen Gr-1. Gr-1(+)CD11b(+) cells infiltrated allografted corneas between 4 d and 4 wk after surgery; however, the frequencies of Gr-1(+)CD11b(+) cells were not different between accepted and rejected allografts or in peripheral blood or BM. Of interest, Gr-1(int)CD11b(+) cells, but not Gr-1(hi)CD11b(+) cells, infiltrated the accepted graft early after surgery and expressed high levels of immunosuppressive cytokines, including IL-10, TGF-β, and TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand. This population remained until 4 wk after surgery. In vitro, only high dose (>100 ng/ml) of IFN-γ plus GM-CSF could induce immunosuppressive cytokine expression in Gr-1(int)CD11b(+) cells. Furthermore, adoptive transfer of Gr-1(int)CD11b(+) cells reduced T cell infiltration, which improved graft survival. In conclusion, high-dose IFN-γ in allograft areas is essential for development of Gr-1(int)CD11b(+) MDSCs in corneal allografts, and subtle environmental changes in the early period of the allograft can result in a large difference in graft survival.

  10. The kSORT assay to detect renal transplant patients at high risk for acute rejection: results of the multicenter AART study.

    Silke Roedder


    Full Text Available Development of noninvasive molecular assays to improve disease diagnosis and patient monitoring is a critical need. In renal transplantation, acute rejection (AR increases the risk for chronic graft injury and failure. Noninvasive diagnostic assays to improve current late and nonspecific diagnosis of rejection are needed. We sought to develop a test using a simple blood gene expression assay to detect patients at high risk for AR.We developed a novel correlation-based algorithm by step-wise analysis of gene expression data in 558 blood samples from 436 renal transplant patients collected across eight transplant centers in the US, Mexico, and Spain between 5 February 2005 and 15 December 2012 in the Assessment of Acute Rejection in Renal Transplantation (AART study. Gene expression was assessed by quantitative real-time PCR (QPCR in one center. A 17-gene set--the Kidney Solid Organ Response Test (kSORT--was selected in 143 samples for AR classification using discriminant analysis (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve [AUC] = 0.94; 95% CI 0.91-0.98, validated in 124 independent samples (AUC = 0.95; 95% CI 0.88-1.0 and evaluated for AR prediction in 191 serial samples, where it predicted AR up to 3 mo prior to detection by the current gold standard (biopsy. A novel reference-based algorithm (using 13 12-gene models was developed in 100 independent samples to provide a numerical AR risk score, to classify patients as high risk versus low risk for AR. kSORT was able to detect AR in blood independent of age, time post-transplantation, and sample source without additional data normalization; AUC = 0.93 (95% CI 0.86-0.99. Further validation of kSORT is planned in prospective clinical observational and interventional trials.The kSORT blood QPCR assay is a noninvasive tool to detect high risk of AR of renal transplants. Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary.

  11. Prospective evaluation of renal allograft dysfunction with 99mtechnetium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid renal scans

    McConnell, J.D.; Sagalowsky, A.I.; Lewis, S.E.; Gailiunas, P.; Helderman, J.H.; Dawidson, I.; Peters, P.C.


    A prospective, single-blinded study was done to determine the ability of serial 99mtechnetium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid scans to diagnose renal allograft rejection. Among 28 transplant recipients 111 renal scans were obtained 1 day postoperatively and every 3 to 4 days thereafter for 3 weeks in all patients retaining an allograft. Computer-generated time-activity blood flow curves were analyzed semiquantitatively for the 1) interval between curve peaks of the allograft and iliac artery, 2) renal transit time and 3) renal washout of radionuclide. Excretory function was assessed by degree and interval to appearance of radionuclide in the calices and bladder. Deterioration of renal blood flow and excretion compared to the initial scan was considered rejection. Of 52 scans performed during clinical rejection 47 (90.4 per cent) were interpreted as showing rejection (sensitivity). Of 53 scans interpreted as showing rejection 47 (88.7 per cent) were positive for clinical rejection. The remaining 6 patients (initial false positive results) suffered clinical rejection within 24 to 72 hours. We conclude that 99mtechnetium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid renal scans are useful in the differential diagnosis of renal allograft dysfunction.

  12. Novel Therapeutics Identification for Fibrosis in Renal Allograft Using Integrative Informatics Approach

    Li, Li; Greene, Ilana; Readhead, Benjamin; Menon, Madhav C.; Kidd, Brian A.; Uzilov, Andrew V.; Wei, Chengguo; Philippe, Nimrod; Schroppel, Bernd; He, John Cijiang; Chen, Rong; Dudley, Joel T.; Murphy, Barbara


    Chronic allograft damage, defined by interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy (IF/TA), is a leading cause of allograft failure. Few effective therapeutic options are available to prevent the progression of IF/TA. We applied a meta-analysis approach on IF/TA molecular datasets in Gene Expression Omnibus to identify a robust 85-gene signature, which was used for computational drug repurposing analysis. Among the top ranked compounds predicted to be therapeutic for IF/TA were azathioprine, a drug to prevent acute rejection in renal transplantation, and kaempferol and esculetin, two drugs not previously described to have efficacy for IF/TA. We experimentally validated the anti-fibrosis effects of kaempferol and esculetin using renal tubular cells in vitro and in vivo in a mouse Unilateral Ureteric Obstruction (UUO) model. Kaempferol significantly attenuated TGF-β1-mediated profibrotic pathways in vitro and in vivo, while esculetin significantly inhibited Wnt/β-catenin pathway in vitro and in vivo. Histology confirmed significantly abrogated fibrosis by kaempferol and esculetin in vivo. We developed an integrative computational framework to identify kaempferol and esculetin as putatively novel therapies for IF/TA and provided experimental evidence for their therapeutic activities in vitro and in vivo using preclinical models. The findings suggest that both drugs might serve as therapeutic options for IF/TA. PMID:28051114

  13. Impact of cyclosporine reduction with MMF: a randomized trial in chronic allograft dysfunction. The 'reference' study.

    Frimat, L; Cassuto-Viguier, E; Charpentier, B; Noël, C; Provôt, F; Rostaing, L; Glotz, D; Sraer, J D; Bourbigot, B; Moulin, B; Lang, P; Ducloux, D; Pouteil-Noble, C; Girardot-Seguin, S; Kessler, M


    Long-term use of calcineurine inhibitors (CNIs) may contribute to the development of chronic allograft dysfunction (CAD). We investigate the impact of the introduction of MMF combined with cyclosporine (CsA) 50% dose reduction. An open, randomized, controlled, multicenter, prospective study was conducted in 103 patients, receiving a CsA-based therapy with a serum creatinine between 1.7-3.4 mg/dL, more than 1 year after transplantation. They were randomized to receive MMF with half dose of CsA (MMF group) or to continue their maintenance CsA dose (control group). A total of 96 weeks after randomization, the evolution of renal function assessed by regression line analysis of 1/SeCr improved in the MMF group (positive slope) vs. the control group (negative slope), 4.2 x 10(-4) vs. -3.0 x 10(-4), respectively (p MMF group. No episode of biopsy-proven acute rejection occurred. One patient in each group lost his graft because of biopsy-proven chronic allograft nephropathy. There was a significant decrease of triglycerides level in the MMF group. Anemia and diarrhea were statistically more frequent in the MMF group. In CAD, the reduction of CsA in the presence of MMF results in significant improvement in renal function during a 2-year follow-up.

  14. HLA-G Dimers in the Prolongation of Kidney Allograft Survival

    Maureen Ezeakile


    Full Text Available Human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G contributes to acceptance of allografts in solid organ/tissue transplantation. Most studies have determined that soluble HLA-G isoforms are systematically detected in serum/plasma of transplanted patients with significantly fewer episodes of acute and/or chronic rejection of allogeneic tissue/organ. Current models of the interactions of HLA-G and its specific receptors explain it as functioning in a monomeric form. However, in recent years, new data has revealed the ability of HLA-G to form disulfide-linked dimeric complexes with high preferential binding and functional activities. Limited data are available on the role of soluble HLA-G dimers in clinical pathological conditions. We describe here the presence of soluble HLA-G dimers in kidney transplant patients. Our study showed that a high level of HLA-G dimers in plasma and increased expression of the membrane-bound form of HLA-G on monocytes are associated with prolongation of kidney allograft survival. We also determined that the presence of soluble HLA-G dimers links to the lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines, suggesting a potential role of HLA-G dimers in controlling the accompanying inflammatory state.

  15. Impact of specimen adequacy on the assessment of renal allograft biopsy specimens.

    Cimen, S; Geldenhuys, L; Guler, S; Imamoglu, A; Molinari, M


    The Banff classification was introduced to achieve uniformity in the assessment of renal allograft biopsies. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of specimen adequacy on the Banff classification. All renal allograft biopsies obtained between July 2010 and June 2012 for suspicion of acute rejection were included. Pre-biopsy clinical data on suspected diagnosis and time from renal transplantation were provided to a nephropathologist who was blinded to the original pathological report. Second pathological readings were compared with the original to assess agreement stratified by specimen adequacy. Cohen's kappa test and Fisher's exact test were used for statistical analyses. Forty-nine specimens were reviewed. Among these specimens, 81.6% were classified as adequate, 6.12% as minimal, and 12.24% as unsatisfactory. The agreement analysis among the first and second readings revealed a kappa value of 0.97. Full agreement between readings was found in 75% of the adequate specimens, 66.7 and 50% for minimal and unsatisfactory specimens, respectively. There was no agreement between readings in 5% of the adequate specimens and 16.7% of the unsatisfactory specimens. For the entire sample full agreement was found in 71.4%, partial agreement in 20.4% and no agreement in 8.2% of the specimens. Statistical analysis using Fisher's exact test yielded a P value above 0.25 showing that - probably due to small sample size - the results were not statistically significant. Specimen adequacy may be a determinant of a diagnostic agreement in renal allograft specimen assessment. While additional studies including larger case numbers are required to further delineate the impact of specimen adequacy on the reliability of histopathological assessments, specimen quality must be considered during clinical decision making while dealing with biopsy reports based on minimal or unsatisfactory specimens.

  16. Lung transplantation: chronic allograft dysfunction and establishing immune tolerance.

    Gracon, Adam S A; Wilkes, David S


    Despite significant medical advances since the advent of lung transplantation, improvements in long-term survival have been largely unrealized. Chronic lung allograft dysfunction, in particular obliterative bronchiolitis, is the primary limiting factor. The predominant etiology of obliterative bronchiolitis involves the recipient's innate and adaptive immune response to the transplanted allograft. Current therapeutic strategies have failed to provide a definitive treatment paradigm to improve long-term outcomes. Inducing immune tolerance is an emerging therapeutic strategy that abrogates allograft rejection, avoids immunosuppression, and improves long-term graft function. The aim of this review is to discuss the key immunologic components of obliterative bronchiolitis, describe the state of establishing immune tolerance in transplantation, and highlight those strategies being evaluated in lung transplantation.

  17. Antibody-Mediated Rejection: An Evolving Entity in Heart Transplantation

    Sharon Chih


    Full Text Available Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR is gaining increasing recognition as a major complication after heart transplantation, posing a significant risk for allograft failure, cardiac allograft vasculopathy, and poor survival. AMR results from activation of the humoral immune arm and the production of donor-specific antibodies (DSA that bind to the cardiac allograft causing myocardial injury predominantly through complement activation. The diagnosis of AMR has evolved from a clinical diagnosis involving allograft dysfunction and the presence of DSA to a primarily pathologic diagnosis based on histopathology and immunopathology. Treatment for AMR is multifaceted, targeting inhibition of the humoral immune system at different levels with emerging agents including proteasome and complement inhibitors showing particular promise. While there have been significant advances in our current understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of AMR, further research is required to determine optimal diagnostic tools, therapeutic agents, and timing of treatment.

  18. Quantification of renal allograft perfusion using arterial spin labeling MRI: initial results

    Lanzman, Rotem S.; Wittsack, Hans-Joerg; Bilk, Philip; Kroepil, Patric; Blondin, Dirk [University Hospital Duesseldorf, Department of Radiology, Duesseldorf (Germany); Martirosian, Petros; Schick, Fritz [University Hospital Tuebingen, Section for Experimental Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Zgoura, Panagiota; Voiculescu, Adina [University Hospital Duesseldorf, Department of Nephrology, Duesseldorf (Germany)


    To quantify renal allograft perfusion in recipients with stable allograft function and acute decrease in allograft function using nonenhanced flow-sensitive alternating inversion recovery (FAIR)-TrueFISP arterial spin labeling (ASL) MR imaging. Following approval of the local ethics committee, 20 renal allograft recipients were included in this study. ASL perfusion measurement and an anatomical T2-weighted single-shot fast spin-echo (HASTE) sequence were performed on a 1.5-T scanner (Magnetom Avanto, Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). T2-weighted MR urography was performed in patients with suspected ureteral obstruction. Patients were assigned to three groups: group a, 6 patients with stable allograft function over the previous 4 months; group b, 7 patients with good allograft function who underwent transplantation during the previous 3 weeks; group c, 7 allograft recipients with an acute deterioration of renal function. Mean cortical perfusion values were 304.8 {+-} 34.4, 296.5 {+-} 44.1, and 181.9 {+-} 53.4 mg/100 ml/min for groups a, b and c, respectively. Reduction in cortical perfusion in group c was statistically significant. Our results indicate that ASL is a promising technique for nonenhanced quantification of cortical perfusion of renal allografts. Further studies are required to determine the clinical value of ASL for monitoring renal allograft recipients. (orig.)

  19. Treatment strategies to minimize or prevent chronic allograft dysfunction in pediatric renal transplant recipients: an overview.

    Höcker, Britta; Tönshoff, Burkhard


    Long-term allograft survival poses a major problem in pediatric renal transplantation, with allograft nephropathy being the principal cause of graft failure after the first post-transplant year. The mechanisms of nephron loss resulting in graft dysfunction are multiple, comprising both immunologic factors such as acute and chronic antibody- or T-cell-mediated rejection and non-immunologic components. The latter include peri-transplant injuries and renovascular lesions (renal artery stenosis, thrombosis) as well as cardiovascular risk factors such as arterial hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Another relevant issue leading to progressive nephron loss and declining kidney transplant function is acute and chronic nephrotoxicity induced by the calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) ciclosporin (cyclosporine microemulsion) and tacrolimus. Furthermore, the presence of an abnormal lower urinary tract as well as bacterial (recurrent pyelonephritis) and viral (cytomegalovirus [CMV], polyomavirus [BK virus; BKV]) infections are crucial factors involved in the incidence of chronic allograft dysfunction and graft failure. Renovascular lesions and lower urinary tract obstruction are typical indicators for surgical intervention. The aim of treatment in pediatric patients with renal failure secondary to a dysfunctional lower urinary tract is to create a sterile, continent, and nonrefluxive reservoir. Surgical techniques such as bladder augmentation and the introduction of intermittent catheterization and anticholinergic therapy have significantly improved graft outcome. Arterial hypertension, another factor responsible for graft function deterioration in pediatric renal transplant recipients, is controlled preferably by the use of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor antagonists, which are known to possess nephroprotective properties in addition to their potent antihypertensive effects. Although treatment of subclinical rejection with augmented

  20. Role of the Galectin-7 expression in cardiac allografts in human and mouse%Galectin-7在人和鼠同种异体心脏移植物中的表达及其意义

    雒真龙; 周鸿敏; 黄霞; 方静; 徐洪来; 高义; 杨超; 潘铁成; 陈忠华


    Objective To explore the function of galectin-7 in acute rejection through detecting the expression galectin-7 in cardiac allografts in human and mouse.Methods Mouse models of cardiac allografts and isografts were constructed.Western blot and Immunohistochemistry (IHC) were used for detecting galectin-7 expression in the grafts.IHC was used for detecting galectin-7 expression in nyocardial tissues of 15 heart transplant patients with acute rejection and 10 normal individuals.Results The expression of galectin-7 in mouse allografts was significantly higher than that in isografts (1.34 ± 0.18,0.77 ± 0.03,P < 0.01).Galectin-7 mainly located in lymphocytes and vascular endothelial cells in human allografts.Conclusion Galectin-7 is related to the acute rejection in human and mouse cardiac allografts.%目的:通过检测发生急性排斥反应的小鼠及人移植心脏的galectin-7表达,进而分析galectin-7在急排发生过程中的作用.方法:建立小鼠心脏移植模型,分为鼠急排组和鼠对照组.Western blot法和免疫组化法检测小鼠移植心脏galectin-7的表达情况.选择15例心脏移植急排患者(人急排组)和10例正常人(人对照组),免疫组化法检测心肌组织galectin-7的表达.结果:鼠急排组gatectin-7表达明显高于鼠对照组(1.34±0.18,0.77±0.03,P< 0.01).人急排组心脏galectin-7表达明显高于人对照组,且galectin-7主要定位于人急排心脏的浸润淋巴细胞及血管内皮细胞.结论:Galectin-7与人和鼠同种异体心脏移植急性排斥反应有相关性.

  1. The efficacy and safety of cyclosporine reduction in de novo renal allograft patients receiving sirolimus and corticosteroids: results from an open-label comparative study.

    Mühlbacher, Ferdinand; Neumayer, Hans-Helmut; del Castillo, Domingo; Stefoni, Sergio; Zygmunt, Anthony J; Budde, Klemens


    This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of a sirolimus, corticosteroid, and cyclosporine reduction regimen in an open-label, 12-month trial of 420 de novo renal allograft recipients at 49 European transplant centers. One month post-transplantation, 357 patients were randomized to receive standard-dose cyclosporine (sCsA, n = 179) or reduced-dose cyclosporine (rCsA, n = 178). All patients also received sirolimus and corticosteroids. The primary end points were the rate of biopsy-confirmed acute rejection (BCAR) and renal function, as measured by serum creatinine. Baseline demographic and donor characteristics were similar between groups. BCAR rates at 12 months were not significantly different: 11.2% for rCsA patients and 16.2% for sCsA patients. Mean serum creatinine (±SEM) was significantly lower (1.75 ± 0.10 vs. 1.97 ± 0.07 mg/dl, P renal allograft recipients. Sirolimus administered with rCsA and corticosteroids provided adequate immunosuppression while reducing the potential for the nephrotoxic effects of cyclosporine. These findings may help to improve long-term renal allograft outcomes.

  2. 白细胞介素2-绿脓杆菌外毒素抑制小鼠角膜移植后的排斥反应%Inhibitory effects of cytotoxin IL-2-PE40 on corneal allograft rejection

    吴京; 于健


    Objective To examine the inhibitory effect of IL-2-PE40 on the mouse corneal allograft rejection. Methods A mouse corneal graft model was set up by using C57BL/6 mice as donors and Balb/c mice as recipients. In the treatment group, IL-2-PE40 (0.6 μg/g body weight) was intraperitoneally injected from the day of surgery every 12 h until rejection happened. In the control group, the equal volume of PS was injected intraperitoneally at the corresponding time points. The transplanted cornea was observed under slit-lamp twice a week and the transplanted corneal opacity and neovascularization were rated according to Horis grading standards. It led to the determination of rejection response. The survival of transplanted cornea was regarded to be stopped when the rejection occurred. The operated eyes were observed historically on the 10th, 15th, 25th and 35th day after the surgery, and the peripheral blood was collected for measurement of T cell subgroups and T lymphocyte colonies. Results The survival time of cornea in the treatment and control groups was (30.2±2.9) days and (15.1±2.1) days respectively. In the control group, rejection occurred on the 15th day after the surgery, CD4~+ cells started rise right after the surgery and increased most obviously on the 15th day [(63.9±4.0)%] and decreased afterwards. CD4~+ cells in the treatment group were increased slightly [(42.6±4.0)%] on the 15th day. The number of CD4~+ cells in the treatment group was obviously less than in the control group (P<0.01). No significant changes in CD8~+ cells were observed in both groups. The number of T lymphocyte colonies in the control group was increased at the beginning and dropped then. No obvious change was found in the treatment group. The number of T lymphocyte colonies in the treatment group was significantly less than in the control group (P<0.01). Conclusion IL-2-PE40 is a highly specific immunosuppressive agent. It can delay the development of corneal graft rejection and

  3. Higher tacrolimus trough levels on days 2-5 post-renal transplant are associated with reduced rates of acute rejection.

    O'Seaghdha, C M


    We analyzed the association between whole-blood trough tacrolimus (TAC) levels in the first days post-kidney transplant and acute cellular rejection (ACR) rates. Four hundred and sixty-four consecutive, deceased-donor kidney transplant recipients were included. All were treated with a combination of TAC, mycophenolate mofetil and prednisolone. Patients were analyzed in four groups based on quartiles of the mean TAC on days 2 and 5 post-transplant: Group 1: median TAC 11 ng\\/mL (n = 122, range 2-13.5 ng\\/mL), Group 2: median 17 ng\\/mL (n = 123, range 14-20 ng\\/mL), Group 3: median 24 ng\\/mL (n = 108, range 20.5-27 ng\\/mL) and Group 4: median 33.5 ng\\/mL (n = 116, range 27.5-77.5 ng\\/mL). A graded reduction in the rates of ACR was observed for each incremental days 2-5 TAC. The one-yr ACR rate was 24.03% (95% CI 17.26-32.88), 22.20% (95% CI 15.78-30.70), 13.41% (95% CI 8.15-21.63) and 8.69% (95% CI 4.77-15.55) for Groups 1-4, respectively (p = 0.003). This study suggests that higher early TACs are associated with reduced rates of ACR at one yr.

  4. Vascularized composite allograft-specific characteristics of immune responses.

    Issa, Fadi


    Vascularized composite allograft (VCA) transplantation, or reconstructive transplantation, has revolutionized the treatment of complex tissue and functional defects. Despite arriving during an age in which the immunology of solid organ transplant rejection has been investigated in much detail, these transplants have offered new perspectives from which to explore the immunobiology of transplantation. VCAs have a number of unique molecular, cellular, and architectural features which alter the character and intensity of the rejection response. While much is yet to be clarified, an understanding of these distinct mechanisms affords new possibilities for the control of immune responses in an effort to improve outcomes after VCA transplantation.

  5. Renal allografts: evaluation by pre- and post-contrast MR imaging; Magnetresonanztomographie ohne und mit Gadolinium-DTPA zur Beurteilung von Nierentransplantaten

    Vestring, T. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie; Dietl, K.H. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Allgemeine Chirurgie; Heidenreich, S. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Innere Medizin, Medizinische Klinik D, Muenster Univ. (Germany); Langenhorst, U. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie; Buchholz, B. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Allgemeine Chirurgie; Peters, P.E. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie


    Purpose: To determine the value of MR imaging in differentiating the various causes of human renal allograft dysfunction. Methods: A total of 123 human renal allografts (normal n=20, acute rejection n=57, acute tubular necrosis n=14, interstitial fibrosis n=11, chronic allograft glomerulopathy n=11, cyclosporine nephrotoxicity n=3, cortical necrosis n=7) were investigated by means of MR imaging. Axial T1-weighted spin-echo images and coronal T1-weighted gradient-echo images were obtained before and after Gd-DTPA injection. Diagnostic parameters included corticomedullary contrast and allograft size and shape on the pre-contrast sequences. Results: None of the diagnostic parameters used could differentiate among the various diagnostic groups. Diagnosis of cortical necrosis could be made only on post-contrast scans. Contrast-enhanced scans were superior to pre-contrast images in detection of focal allograft lesions. Otherwise, contrast-enhanced scans did not provide any more information than pre-contrast studies. Spin-echo and gradient-echo sequences displayed the same diagnostic value. Conclusions: MR imaging has a limited value in differentiating the various causes of renal allograft dysfunction. (orig.) [Deutsch] Um den Stellenwert der MRT bei der Klaerung der Fehlfunktion von Nierentransplantaten zu untersuchen, wurden 123 menschliche Nierentransplantate (unauffaellig: n=20, akute Rejektion: n=57, akute tubulaere Nekrose: n=14, interstitielle Fibrose: n=11, Transplantatglomerulopathie: n=11, Cyclosporinschaden: n=3, kortikale Nektrose: n=7) MR-tomographiert. An einem 1,5-T-Geraet wurden axiale T1-gewichtete Spinecho- und koronare T1-gewichtete Gradientenechoaufnahmen vor und nach Gabe von Gd-DTPA akquiriert. Als Beurteilungskriterien wurden der kortikomedullaere Kontrast sowie die Groesse und Form des Transplantatorganes in der Nativuntersuchung herangezogen. Keines der Kriterien ermoeglichte die Differenzierung der verschiedenen Diagnosegruppen. Abgesehen von der

  6. 靶向CD40的shRNA干扰抗大鼠异体肢体移植急性排斥反应的实验研究%Resistance to acute rejection by shRNA interference from CD40 costimulatory molecule in limb allo-transplantation in rats

    张震宇; 刘伟; 毕郑钢; 董清平


    目的 探讨靶向CD40的RNA干扰对大鼠异体肢体移植急性排斥反应的影响. 方法以纯系SD大鼠为供体,纯系Wistar大鼠为受体,行同种异体右后肢移植.27只大鼠肢体移植后随机分为三组,A组:注射入梭华.Sofast.siCD40-2/pSilencer载体复合物600 μL;B组:注射Sofast-pSilencer4.1-CMV neo空载体复合物600 μL;C组:注射生理盐水600μL,以上均通过阴茎背静脉注射.观察移植物排斥反应征象及存活情况,并于第7天对产生免疫耐受大鼠进行混合淋巴细胞反应,同时进行组织学检查. 结果与B、C组相比,A组移植物发生排斥反应的时间及存活时间均显著延长,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)(>13 d),未见排斥反应征象;B、C组均于术后近期发牛排斥反应.A组大鼠对供体的淋巴细胞呈现低反应性,移植的供体同系大鼠的肢体得以存活. 结论术后不应用免疫抑制剂的情况下,靶向CD40的shRNA干扰可以抗大鼠异体肢体移植急性排斥反应.%Objective To study the resistance to acute reaction in composite tissue allotransplan-tation by shRNA interference from CD40 costimulatory molecule in rat lymphocytes. Methods The in-bred SD rats were chosen as donors and inbred Wistar rats as recipients. Twenty-seven recipients were divided into 3 groups randomly after allogeneic leg transplantation. On the day after transplantation, rats in group A were injected with 600 μL of Sofast-siCD40-2/pSilencer, rats in group B received 600 μL of Sofast-pSilencer 4.1-CMV neo, and rats in group C received injection of 600 μL of sodium chloride. The survival and rejection to grafts were observed. The rats which survived 7 days after operation were given the test of mixed lymphocyte reaction (MIR). Results The mean survival time of limb allografts in group A was obviously longer than that in the other two groups( P < 0.01 ) . Rejection to grafts was not observed in group A, but rejection e-merged shortly after

  7. Bortezomib for refractory antibody-mediated cardiac allograft rejection.

    Eckman, Peter M; Thorsgard, Marit; Maurer, David; Kim, Youngki; Alloway, Rita R; Woodle, E Steve


    This experience demonstrates that a bortezomib-based regimen provided effective therapy for late, refractory AMR in an adult heart transplant recipient and was well tolerated. This remarkably positive experience despite the refractory nature of the AMR episode argues strongly for continued evaluation of bortezomib use in this patient population.

  8. 未成熟树突状细胞抑制高危角膜移植免疫排斥反应的实验研究%Experimental study of donor-derived immature dendritic cells inhibiting high-risk corneal allograft rejection

    付燕; 高晓唯


    Objective To culture and induce the rat bone marrow-derived dendrtic cells,investigate the suppressive effects of immature dendritic cells on high-risk corneal allograft rejection.Methods To cultivate,induce and amplify a large number of dendritic cells,with morphological observation,immunological phenotype identification by flow cytometry; 45 Wistar and 23 SD rats were used as donors and recipients respectively to establish allogeneic risk corneal transplantation model with alkaline burn.The SD rats were randomly divided into control group with 15 rats,immature dendritic cells (imDC) group with 15 rats and mature dendritic cells (mDC) group with 15 rats.In control group,0.1 ml Phosphate buffer were injected into SD rats via tail vein in 7th day before corneal transplantation; In imDC group,donor bone marrow-derived imDC of 1 × 106 were injected into SD rats via tail vein in 7th day before corneal transplantation; In mDC group,donor bone marrow-derived mDC of 1 × 106 were injected into SD rats via tail vein in 7th day before corneal transplantation.The survival of corneal graft were observed and scored by slitlamp microscope everyday after transplantation.In each group,five recipients were killed on 14th day after transplantation,the corneal grafts were take and fixed in 10% formaldehyde solution for hematoxylin-eosin(HE) staining.Results With combination of rat lymphocyte separation medium induced a large number of dendritic cells,the dendritic cells were proved in different state with morphological observation by inverted phase contrast microscope and scanning electron microseope,with immunological phenotype indentification by flow cytometry.The mean survival time of corneal graft was 19.6 + 1.1 days in imDC group,9.5 ± 0.9 days in control group and 7 ± 1.6 days in mDC group.The differences were statistically significant.Conclusions The imDC from donor in vitro culture can suppress high-risk corneal allograft rejection in rat.%目的 培养和诱导大鼠

  9. The impact of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies on late kidney allograft failure.

    Loupy, Alexandre; Hill, Gary S; Jordan, Stanley C


    Despite improvements in outcomes of renal transplantation, kidney allograft loss remains substantial, and is associated with increased morbidity, mortality and costs. Identifying the pathologic pathways responsible for allograft loss, and the attendant development of therapeutic interventions, will be one of the guiding future objectives of transplant medicine. One of the most important advances of the past decade has been the demonstration of the destructive power of anti-HLA alloantibodies and their association with antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR). Compelling evidence exists to show that donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (DSAs) are largely responsible for the chronic deterioration of allografts, a condition previously attributed to calcineurin inhibitor toxicity and chronic allograft nephropathy. The emergence of sensitive techniques to detect DSAs, together with advances in the assessment of graft pathology, have expanded the spectrum of what constitutes ABMR. Today, subtler forms of rejection--such as indolent ABMR, C4d-negative ABMR, and transplant arteriopathy--are seen in which DSAs exert a marked pathological effect. In addition, arteriosclerosis, previously thought to be a bystander lesion related to the vicissitudes of aging, is accelerated in ABMR. Advances in our understanding of the pathological significance of DSAs and ABMR show their primacy in the mediation of chronic allograft destruction. Therapies aimed at B cells, plasma cells and antibodies will be important therapeutic options to improve the length and quality of kidney allograft survival.

  10. Urinary calprotectin and posttransplant renal allograft injury.

    Martin Tepel

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Current methods do not predict the acute renal allograft injury immediately after kidney transplantation. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of urinary calprotectin for predicting immediate posttransplant allograft injury. METHODS: In a multicenter, prospective-cohort study of 144 incipient renal transplant recipients, we postoperatively measured urinary calprotectin using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR after 4 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months. RESULTS: We observed a significant inverse association of urinary calprotectin concentrations and eGFR 4 weeks after transplantation (Spearman r =  -0.33; P<0.001. Compared to the lowest quartile, patients in the highest quartile of urinary calprotectin had an increased risk for an eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m(2 four weeks after transplantation (relative risk, 4.3; P<0.001; sensitivity, 0.92; 95% CI, 0.77 to 0.98; specificity, 0.48; 95% CI, 0.31 to 0.66. Higher urinary calprotectin concentrations predicted impaired kidney function 4 weeks after transplantation, as well as 6 months and 12 months after transplantation. When data were analyzed using the urinary calprotectin/creatinine-ratio similar results were obtained. Urinary calprotectin was superior to current use of absolute change of plasma creatinine to predict allograft function 12 months after transplantation. Urinary calprotectin predicted an increased risk both in transplants from living and deceased donors. Multivariate linear regression showed that higher urinary calprotectin concentrations and older donor age predicted lower eGFR four weeks, 6 months, and 12 months after transplantation. CONCLUSIONS: Urinary calprotectin is an early, noninvasive predictor of immediate renal allograft injury after kidney transplantation.

  11. 74例无功能移植肾的临床病理研究%Clinical pathological studies of 74 failed renal allografts

    赵海潞; 游联璧; 李洪芬; 韦立新; 昝世明; 程有权; 于占洋; 曾木英


    Objective To investigate the causes leading the failure of kidney transplantation and the pathogenesis of arteriopathy of renal allograft (ARA). Methods Clinical pathological studies were retrospectively performed on 74 cases of failed renal allografts. Arnong the 74 cases, 24 and 5 of ARA underwent the morphological observation on the renal allografts by immunohistochemistry and under a immunogold electron microscope, respectively. Results In 74 cases of failed renal allografts, acute rejection (AR) occurred in 66 eases (89.2%) and chronic rejection(CR) in 27 cases (36.5%). The morphological characteristics in ARA included intimal fibrous proliferation with predominamt T lymphocyte infiltration.The vascular endothelial cells were hypertrophy and had the abnormal expression of class Ⅱ HLA-D.Conclusion AR might be the most common causes resulting in the failed renal allografts. ARA was a characteristic lesion and might be an endothelialitis triggered by endothelial injury and mediated by T lymphocyte.%目的 探讨移植肾失功的原因和移植肾血管病(ARA)的发生机理.方法 对74例切除的无功能移植肾进行了临床病理分析,并应用免疫组织化学、免疫金电镜分别观察了24例和5例发生ARA的移植肾的形态.结果 74例无功能肾中急性排斥反应(AR)占89.2%(66/74),慢性排斥反应(CR)占36.5%(27/74).ARA的特征性形态为移植肾内动脉内膜呈向心性纤维性增厚,其中可见以T淋巴细胞为主的炎性细胞浸润;内皮细胞增生、肥大,并异常表达Ⅱ类主要组织相容性抗原(HLA-D).结论 AR是造成移植肾无功能的最常见原因;ARA是CR的特征性病变,ARA可能是血管内皮损伤后T淋巴细胞介导的一种动脉内膜炎症.

  12. An unusual case of a patient who lost his native kidneys and renal allograft from cholesterol crystal emboli

    Wasim Ahmed; Abdulkareem Al Garni; Elbadri Abdelgadir; Khamess Obeid Khamees; Mohammed Ali Ahmed Ellouly; Abdul Haleem


    Cholesterol crystal emboli (CCE) syndrome involving native kidneys is an underdiagnosed condition. CCE is rare in renal allografts. It may present with acute kidney injury, but usually not acute graft loss. CCE should be considered in patients with a history of atherosclerosis and an invasive arterial procedure who present with acute or chronic renal allograft dysfunction. Therapy for CCE is mainly supportive and carries a high rate of mortality. To the best of our knowledge, this is the firs...

  13. Host-based Th2 cell therapy for prolongation of cardiac allograft viability.

    Shoba Amarnath

    Full Text Available Donor T cell transfusion, which is a long-standing approach to prevent allograft rejection, operates indirectly by alteration of host T cell immunity. We therefore hypothesized that adoptive transfer of immune regulatory host Th2 cells would represent a novel intervention to enhance cardiac allograft survival. Using a well-described rat cardiac transplant model, we first developed a method for ex vivo manufacture of rat host-type Th2 cells in rapamycin, with subsequent injection of such Th2.R cells prior to class I and class II disparate cardiac allografting. Second, we determined whether Th2.R cell transfer polarized host immunity towards a Th2 phenotype. And third, we evaluated whether Th2.R cell therapy prolonged allograft viability when used alone or in combination with a short-course of cyclosporine (CSA therapy. We found that host-type Th2.R cell therapy prior to cardiac allografting: (1 reduced the frequency of activated T cells in secondary lymphoid organs; (2 shifted post-transplant cytokines towards a Th2 phenotype; and (3 prolonged allograft viability when used in combination with short-course CSA therapy. These results provide further support for the rationale to use "direct" host T cell therapy for prolongation of allograft viability as an alternative to "indirect" therapy mediated by donor T cell infusion.

  14. Estudo das alterações das citocinas inflamatórias na rejeição aguda do transplante intestinal em ratos Cytokine participation in the acute rejection of intestinal transplantation in rats

    André Dong Won Lee


    patients with short bowel syndrome, aiming the reintroduction of oral diet. However, the major obstacle in this procedure is the strong rejection. Delay in rejection diagnosis may be irreversible and lethal. AIM: To define method for early diagnosis of rejection based on the presence of interleucin-6 (IL-6 e interferon- gamma (IFN-gamma from intestinal allograft. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Isogenic rats Brown-Norway (BN and Lewis (LEW were submitted to intestinal heterotopic allotransplantation and divided in two groups: LEW donor to LEW recipient isograft group (C and BN donor to LEW recipient allograft group (Tx. According to the day of sacrifice, Tx group were subdivided in three subgroups with eight animals each as follow: Tx3- sacrificed at third postoperative day (POD, Tx5 - sacrificed at fifth POD and Tx7 - sacrificed at seventh POD. Eight animals from control group were subdivided in three moments according to the time of biopsy from the graft as follow: C³ - biopsy at third POD; C5 - biopsy at fifth POD and C7 - biopsy at seventh POD. All animals from control group were sacrificed at seventh POD. Rejection parameters were compared between the control groups (C3 vs C5, C3 vs C7 and C5 vs C7, and allograft group (Tx3 vs Tx5, Tx3 vs Tx7 and Tx5 vs Tx7. The same parameters were analyzed between the control group and allograft groups ( C3 vs Tx3, C5 vs Tx5 and C7 vs Tx7. RESULTS: In C group no statistical significant difference regarding the immunoexpression of the cytokines, while in Tx group, immunoexpression of IL-6 and IFN-gamma were remarkable since the fifth postoperative day.

  15. An unusual case of a patient who lost his native kidneys and renal allograft from cholesterol crystal emboli.

    Ahmed, Wasim; Al Garni, Abdulkareem; Abdelgadir, Elbadri; Khamees, Khamess Obeid; Ellouly, Mohammed Ali Ahmed; Haleem, Abdul


    Cholesterol crystal emboli (CCE) syndrome involving native kidneys is an underdiagnosed condition. CCE is rare in renal allografts. It may present with acute kidney injury, but usually not acute graft loss. CCE should be considered in patients with a history of atherosclerosis and an invasive arterial procedure who present with acute or chronic renal allograft dysfunction. Therapy for CCE is mainly supportive and carries a high rate of mortality. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a patient who lost his native kidneys and renal allograft due to CCE arising from his own vasculature.

  16. An unusual case of a patient who lost his native kidneys and renal allograft from cholesterol crystal emboli

    Wasim Ahmed


    Full Text Available Cholesterol crystal emboli (CCE syndrome involving native kidneys is an underdiagnosed condition. CCE is rare in renal allografts. It may present with acute kidney injury, but usually not acute graft loss. CCE should be considered in patients with a history of atherosclerosis and an invasive arterial procedure who present with acute or chronic renal allograft dysfunction. Therapy for CCE is mainly supportive and carries a high rate of mortality. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a patient who lost his native kidneys and renal allograft due to CCE arising from his own vasculature.

  17. Antibody-Mediated Rejection: A Review

    Garces, Jorge Carlos; Giusti, Sixto; Staffeld-Coit, Catherine; Bohorquez, Humberto; Cohen, Ari J.; Loss, George E.


    Background: Chronic antibody injury is a serious threat to allograft outcomes and is therefore the center of active research. In the continuum of allograft rejection, the development of antibodies plays a critical role. In recent years, an increased recognition of molecular and histologic changes has provided a better understanding of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR), as well as potential therapeutic interventions. However, several pathways are still unknown, which accounts for the lack of efficacy of some of the currently available agents that are used to treat rejection. Methods: We review the current diagnostic criteria for AMR; AMR paradigms; and desensitization, treatment, and prevention strategies. Results: Chronic antibody-mediated endothelial injury results in transplant glomerulopathy, manifested as glomerular basement membrane duplication, double contouring, or splitting. Clinical manifestations of AMR include proteinuria and a rise in serum creatinine. Current strategies for the treatment of AMR include antibody depletion with plasmapheresis (PLEX), immunoadsorption (IA), immunomodulation with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and T cell– or B cell–depleting agents. Some treatment benefits have been found in using PLEX and IA, and some small nonrandomized trials have identified some benefits in using rituximab and the proteasome inhibitor-based therapy bortezomib. More recent histologic follow-ups of patients treated with bortezomib have not shown significant benefits in terms of allograft outcomes. Furthermore, no specific treatment approaches have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Other agents used for more difficult rejections include bortezomib and eculizumab (an anti-C5 monoclonal antibody). Conclusion: AMR is a fascinating field with ample opportunities for research and progress in the future. Despite the use of advanced techniques for the detection of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) or non-HLA donor-specific antibodies

  18. Auditory stimulation of opera music induced prolongation of murine cardiac allograft survival and maintained generation of regulatory CD4+CD25+ cells

    Uchiyama Masateru


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Interactions between the immune response and brain functions such as olfactory, auditory, and visual sensations are likely. This study investigated the effect of sounds on alloimmune responses in a murine model of cardiac allograft transplantation. Methods Naïve CBA mice (H2k underwent transplantation of a C57BL/6 (B6, H2b heart and were exposed to one of three types of music--opera (La Traviata, classical (Mozart, and New Age (Enya--or one of six different single sound frequencies, for 7 days. Additionally, we prepared two groups of CBA recipients with tympanic membrane perforation exposed to opera for 7 days and CBA recipients exposed to opera for 7 days before transplantation (pre-treatment. An adoptive transfer study was performed to determine whether regulatory cells were generated in allograft recipients. Immunohistochemical, cell-proliferation, cytokine, and flow cytometry assessments were also performed. Results CBA recipients of a B6 cardiac graft that were exposed to opera music and Mozart had significantly prolonged allograft survival (median survival times [MSTs], 26.5 and 20 days, respectively, whereas those exposed to a single sound frequency (100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, or 20,000 Hz or Enya did not (MSTs, 7.5, 8, 9, 8, 7.5, 8.5 and 11 days, respectively. Untreated, CBA mice with tympanic membrane perforations and CBA recipients exposed to opera for 7 days before transplantation (pre-treatment rejected B6 cardiac grafts acutely (MSTs, 7, 8 and 8 days, respectively. Adoptive transfer of whole splenocytes, CD4+ cells, or CD4+CD25+ cells from opera-exposed primary allograft recipients resulted in significantly prolonged allograft survival in naive secondary recipients (MSTs, 36, 68, and > 100 days, respectively. Proliferation of splenocytes, interleukin (IL-2 and interferon (IFN-γ production was suppressed in opera-exposed mice, and production of IL-4 and IL-10 from opera-exposed transplant recipients increased

  19. Outcome of pregnancy in renal allograft recipients: SIUT experience.

    Naqvi, R; Noor, H; Ambareen, S; Khan, H; Haider, A; Jafri, N; Alam, A; Aziz, R; Manzoor, K; Aziz, T; Ahmed, E; Akhtar, F; Naqvi, A; Rizvi, A


    The course of pregnancy and its outcome was studied in renal allograft recipients. Between November 1985 and November 2005, a total of 1481 renal transplants were carried out at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT); among them were 348 females, with 73 potential females for pregnancy. All patients received cyclosporine and prednisolone, with 82% also receiving azathioprine and 4 patients mycophenolate mofetil as a third immunosuppressant drug. We evaluated incidence of hypertension, diabetes, pre-eclampsia, urinary tract infection (UTI), rejection during pregnancy and during 3 months' postdelivery as well as outcomes of pregnancy. Among 73 potential candidates, 31 had 47 pregnancies, after an average of 31 months (8-86 months). Of 31 subjects, 21 subjects were hypertensive on one or two drugs prior to conception. A rise in blood pressure during pregnancy was noticed in 7 patients. Albuminuria from trace to 3+ appeared in 13 patients and glycosuria in one other. Blood sugar levels remained within normal range in all subjects. UTIs occurred during pregnancy in 7 patients. Among 47 pregnancies, 9 had abortions (7 spontaneous, 2 therapeutic) and 6 had preterm deliveries. The others were full-term deliveries: 12 via a lower segment caesarean section and 20 were normal vaginal deliveries. Average birth weight was 4.8 lbs. At an average follow-up of 38 months the serum creatinine values ranged from 0.94 to 2.3 mg %. One patient developed acute irreversible graft dysfunction soon after delivery. Our study demonstrated that pregnancy did not reduce renal graft survival, but newborns are at greater risk of premature birth and low birth weight.

  20. 大鼠喉移植应用环孢素A的组织学观察%Histological observation of the effects of cyclosporine A on laryngeal allograft in the rat

    秦永; 阎淑惠


    Objective To study the inhibitory effects of cyclosporine A (CsA) on the laryngeal allograft rejection and corresponding histological changes, and the relation to the CsA dose. Methods The Wistar rats as recipients were divided into control group (without CsA) and two experimental groups:group Ⅰ and group Ⅱ receiving CsA 15 mg/kg and 25 mg/kg daily for 2 weeks respectively. Topographic anatomically and histologically, the survival of the laryngeal allografts was evaluated. Results Obvious histologic evidence of acute rejection of the laryngeal allografts was found in the control group. In the two experimental groups, the histological changes was obviously lessened 7 days after operation as compared with those in the control group, and the tissue structure of the laryngeal allografts was kept intact 14 days after transplantation. In the group Ⅱ , 2 allografts histologically showed an increase in inflammatory cells in the lamina propria, predominantly polymorphonuclear leukocytes, with associated edema, surface epithelium and minor salivary gland acini were damaged, with focal ulceration and acinar micro-abscesses.The other case only exhibited slight rejection. Conclusion CsA can effectively prevent rejection of laryngeal allografts and block the development of injury of allografts from SD rat donors to Wistar recipients. The dosage and the pattern of administration of CsA may be closely related to its efficacy. The increased infection rate of the allografts may possibly be contributed to the higher CsA doses employed.%目的 研究环孢素A(CsA)对同种异体喉移植物排斥反应的抑制功效、相应的组织学改变以及与CsA应用剂量之间的关系.方法 供体为封闭群SD大鼠,受体为Wistar大鼠,将受体分为对照组和两个实验组,实验Ⅰ组和Ⅱ组每天分别经腹腔注射CsA 15 mg·kg-1·d-1和25mg·kg-1·d-1,连续2周.通过受体局部解剖所见和组织学检查来判定同种异体移植物是否存活.结果 对

  1. Inhibitory effect of mesenchymal stem cells modified by interleukin-10 and transforming growth factor-β1 gene on acute rejection in rat liver transplantation%输注IL-10和TGF-β1基因共修饰MSC减轻大鼠肝移植急性排斥反应

    郑圣斌; 施晓雷; 任昊桢; 韩冰; 吴亚夫; 徐素琴; 陈骏; 丁义涛


    Objective To evaluate the effect and mechanism of mesenchymal stem cells modified by human interleukin-10 (IL-10) and transforming growth factor beta-1 gene (TGF-β1) on acute rejection in rat liver transplantation.Method One hundred and twenty cases of rat allogeneic orthotopic liver transplantation were accomplished in the strain combination of DA to Lewis in bred rats,and divided equally into 6 groups,including IL-10 and TGF-β1 cotransfection group,MSCs group,IL-10-MSCs group,TGF-β1-MSCs group,empty vector group,and control group.Five days before transplantation,5 × 10-6/mL cells were respectively injected to Lewis rats with distinct cells,such as,IL-10 and TGF-β1 cotransfected MSCs,MSCs,IL-10 transfected MSCs,TGF-β1 transfected MSCs,empty vector-transfected MSCs,or normal saline.Survival analysis was performed for 10 rats.The liver function [alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and total bilirubin (TBIL)] and cytokines alteration were evaluated in peripheral blood on the day 3,7 and 10 after transplantation.The pathological changes of the liver graft were observed.Result At day 7,ALT and TBIL levels in cotransfection group was reverted to the normal,and those in control group were obviously higher than in other groups (P<0.05).At day 7,histologic results showed that acute severe rejection was observed in control group,and no rejection was seen in cotransfection group.Mild rejection occurred in IL-10-MSCs group and TGF-β1-MSCs group,and mild to moderate rejection in MSCs group and empty vector group.The survival of cotransfection group was significantly longer than that of other five groups with the difference being statistically significant (P<0.05).Conclusion MSCs modified by IL-10 and TGF-β1 could inhibit acute allograft rejection and prolong the survival time of the recipients.%目的 探讨白细胞介素-10(ID-10)和转化生长因子-β1 (TGF-β1)基因共修饰骨髓间充质干细胞(MSC)对大鼠肝移植急性排斥反应的影响.方法 近交

  2. Allograft pretreatment for the repair of sciatic nerve defects:green tea polyphenolsversus radiation

    Sheng-hu Zhou; Ping Zhen; Shen-song Li; Xiao-yan Liang; Ming-xuan Gao; Qi Tian; Xu-sheng Li


    Pretreatment of nerve allografts by exposure to irradiation or green tea polyphenols can elimi-nate neuroimmunogenicity, inhibit early immunological rejection, encourage nerve regeneration and functional recovery, improve tissue preservation, and minimize postoperative infection. In the present study, we investigate which intervention achieves better results. We produced a 1.0 cm sciatic nerve defect in rats, and divided the rats into four treatment groups: autograft, fresh nerve allograft, green tea polyphenol-pretreated (1 mg/mL, 4°C) nerve allograft, and irradiation-pre-treated nerve allograft (26.39 Gy/min for 12 hours; total 19 kGy). The animals were observed, and sciatic nerve electrophysiology, histology, and transmission electron microscopy were carried out at 6 and 12 weeks after grafting. The circumference and structure of the transplanted nerve in rats that received autografts or green tea polyphenol-pretreated nerve allografts were similar to those of the host sciatic nerve. Compared with the groups that received fresh or irradiation-pre-treated nerve allografts, motor nerve conduction velocity in the autograft and fresh nerve allograft groups was greater, more neurites grew into the allografts, Schwann cell proliferation was evident, and a large number of new blood vessels was observed; in addition, massive myelinated nerve ifbers formed, and abundant microiflaments and microtubules were present in the axoplasm. Our ifndings indicate that nerve allografts pretreated by green tea polyphenols are equivalent to trans-planting autologous nerves in the repair of sciatic nerve defects, and promote nerve regeneration. Pretreatment using green tea polyphenols is better than pretreatment with irradiation.

  3. 吲哚胺2,3双加氧酶在诊断肝移植急性排斥中的作用%Role of indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase in diagnosing rat's acute rejection after liver transplantation

    翁明哲; 徐军明; 张金彦; 张寅; 许勇刚; 王兆文; 孙星; 彭志海


    目的 探讨外周血吲哚胺2,3双加氧酶(IDO)基因表达对大鼠肝移植急性排斥反应(AR)的诊断价值.方法 建立大鼠原位肝移植模型,分为4组:A组:同基因移植组(Wistar-Wistar,n=32);B组:异基因移植组(SD-Wistar,n=32);C组:异基因移植+长期环孢素A组(CsA,n=32);D组:异基因移植+短期CsA组(用药剂量同C组,第3天起停药,n=32).应用实时聚合酶链反应(Real-time PCR)方法 分别检测术后第0、1、2、3、4、5、7、9天外周血IDO mRNA值,同时检测各时间点血清谷草转氨酶(AST)、总胆红素(T-BIL)、碱性磷酸酶(ALP)水平,并取肝脏病理切片.结果 A组外周血IDO mRNA呈持续低水平,AST、T-BIL、ALP逐渐降至正常,病理无排斥反应.C组检测结果 与A组相似.B组IDO mRNA显著上升为术后第2天(P<0.05),AST、T-BIL、ALP值显著上升为术后4d(P<0.01),病理切片判断轻度排斥为术后5d(χ2=4.8,P<0.05).D组IDO mRNA显著上升为术后第4天(P<0.05),AST、T-BIL、ALP值显著上升为术后5d(P<0.01),病理切片判断轻度排斥为术后7d(χ2=4.8,P<0.05).结论 外周血IDO mRNA检测可较病理检查更早诊断大鼠肝移植AR的发生,且方法 简单、安全.%Objective To study the diagnostic value of indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) gene expression in acute liver rejection in rat orthotopic liver transplantation model. Methods The rat orthotopic liver transplantation models were divided into four groups: group A, isograft transplantation group (Wistar to Wistar); group B, allograft transplantation (SD to Wistar); group C, allograft transplantation and cyclosporine; Group D, allograft transplantation and cyclosporine (the drug was withdrawn on the 3rd day after the operation). The samples (peripheral blood and liver tissue) were obtained on the operation day, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th day post-operation. Luorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), pathological study and serum test were performed on each sample

  4. Modifying cyclosporine associated renal allograft dysfunction

    Mohapatra N


    Full Text Available Transplantation is accepted therapy for chronic kidney disease. However the essential immuno-suppressive agents for graft survival have their own side-effects. Renal biopsy is a reliable tool for diagnosing cyclosporine (CsA nephrotoxicity. To present our observations on CsA toxicity in renal allograft biopsies, we studied prospectively 207 renal allograft biopsies performed for graft dysfunction as per Ahmedabad Tole-rance Induction Protocol (ATIP and compared them to 50 controls from January to October 2007. The ATIP comprised donor specific leucocyte infusions, low dose target specific irradiation; non-myeloablative condi-tioning with Anti-T ± B cell antibodies followed by intraportal administration of cultured donor bone marrow (BM ± adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells. Renal transplantation was performed following nega-tive lymphocytotoxicity cross-matching. The post-transplant immunosuppressive agents included CsA 2.5 ± 0.5 mg/kg BW/day and prednisone 0.2 mg/kg BW/day. The controls were transplanted using standard triple immunosuppressive agents including CsA 5 ± 1 mg/Kg BW/day, prednisone 0.6 mg/kg BW/day, and MMF/ Azathioprine. The Institutional Review Board approved the ATIP. The biopsies were categorized into 2 groups; group A (N=97: performed < 6 months, group B (N= 160, > 6 months posttransplant. Acute CsA toxicity was observed in group A: 2.5% ATIP and 11.1% controls; group B: 16.2% ATIP and 8.8% controls. Chronic CsA toxicity was observed in group B: 10.8 % ATIP and 17.6 % controls. Acute toxicity was more in the ATIP, while chronic toxicity was more in the controls. CsA doses were reduced post-biopsy and resulted in improved graft function evaluated by serum creatinine. We conclude that CsA nephrotoxicity evaluated by allograft biopsy resulted in allograft function recovery by decreasing the cyclosporine dose, and the ATIP decreased the incidence of CsA nephrotoxicity.

  5. Roles of nitric oxide synthase in acute rejection of intestinal transplantation in rats%一氧化氮合成酶在大鼠小肠移植急性排斥反应中的作用

    李晓林; 邹小明; 李云龙; 宋茂力; 李刚


    目的 观察神经型(nNOS)和诱导型一氧化氮合成酶(iNOS)在大鼠小肠移植急性排斥反应(AR)中作用.方法 行大鼠原位小肠移植.实验分为2组.1组:同系移植组(Lewis→Lewis,12例);2组:同种移植组(DA→Lewis,12例).观察术后生存时间.再灌注30 min、术后1、3、5、7d检测血清一氧化氮(NO)浓度;开腹行麦芽糖吸收实验;切取移植肠管,苏木素-伊红(HE)染色后光镜检查.免疫组织化学法观察移植肠nNOS和iNOS的活性.逆转录-聚合酶链反应(RT-PCR)法检测移植肠nNOS mRNA和iNOS mRNA的表达.结果 A组生存时间>30 d.B组生存时间为(6.83±0.75)d.再灌注后A组nNOS染色与mRNA表达明显减弱,此后nNOS染色和mRNA表达分别于术后3、7d恢复正常.再灌注后A组iNOS染色与mRNA表达增强,此后逐渐减弱.与A组比较,术后3~7 d,B组nNOS染色减弱,iNOS染色增强,血清NO水平明显升高(P<0.05),血糖吸收值显著降低(P<0.01);术后5、7d,B组nNOS mRNA表达显著下降(P<0.001),iNOS mRNA表达明显增强(P<0.01).结论 在AR过程中,nNOS可能调节了iNOS的表达;nNOS的活性和表达与移植肠管的结构和吸收功能密切相关;iNOS的激活是加重组织损伤的重要因素之一.%Objective To evaluate the role of neuronal (nNOS) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in acute rejection (AR) of intestinal transplantation in rats.Methods The rat orthotopic intestinal transplantation was performed.Animals were assigned to following 2 groups:isograft group ( A,Lewis→Lewis,n =12) ; allograft group (B,DA→Lewis,n =12).The survival time was observed.At 30 min,postoperative day (POD) 1,3,5 and 7,the serum nitric oxide (NO) levels were measured,the maltose absorption tests were performed,and intestinal specimens were resected for light microscopy after H&E staining.The activity of nNOS and iNOS was examined by immunohistochemistry.The expression levels of nNOS and iNOS mRNA were detected by using reverse

  6. Case of Acute Graft Failure during Suspected Humoral Rejection with Preserved Ejection Fraction, but Severely Reduced Longitudinal Deformation Detected by 2D-Speckle Tracking

    Clemmensen, Tor Skibsted; Eiskjær, Hans; Kofoed-Nielsen, Pernille B;


    remained unchanged, indicating need of more reliable noninvasive methods for graft function surveillance. Global longitudinal strain relates to clinical heart failure, filling pressure, and cardiac index during suspected humoral rejection and microvascular dysfunction in this HTX patient. We suggest...... routine monitoring of graft function by global longitudinal strain as supplement to routine left ventricular ejection fraction and diastolic Doppler measurements....

  7. Long-Term Impact of Cyclosporin Reduction with MMF Treatment in Chronic Allograft Dysfunction: REFERENECE Study 3-Year Follow Up

    L. Frimat


    Full Text Available Calcineurin inhibitor (CNI toxicity contributes to chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN. In the 2-year, randomized, study, we showed that 50% cyclosporin (CsA reduction in combination with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF treatment improves kidney function without increasing the risk for graft rejection/loss. To investigate the long-term effect of this regimen, we conducted a follow up study in 70 kidney transplant patients until 5 years after REFERENCE initiation. The improvement of kidney function was confirmed in the MMF group but not in the control group (CsA group. Four graft losses occurred, 2 in each group (graft survival in the MMF group 95.8% and 90.9% in control group. One death occurred in the control group. There was no statistically significant difference in the occurrence of serious adverse events or acute graft rejections. A limitation is the weak proportion of patient still remaining within the control group. On the other hand, REFERENCE focuses on the CsA regimen while opinions about the tacrolimus ones are still debated. In conclusion, CsA reduction in the presence of MMF treatment seems to maintain kidney function and is well tolerated in the long term.

  8. Long-Term Impact of Cyclosporin Reduction with MMF Treatment in Chronic Allograft Dysfunction: REFERENECE Study 3-Year Follow Up.

    Frimat, L; Cassuto-Viguier, E; Provôt, F; Rostaing, L; Charpentier, B; Akposso, K; Moal, M C; Lang, P; Glotz, D; Caillard, S; Ducloux, D; Pouteil-Noble, C; Girardot-Seguin, S; Kessler, M


    Calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) toxicity contributes to chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN). In the 2-year, randomized, study, we showed that 50% cyclosporin (CsA) reduction in combination with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) treatment improves kidney function without increasing the risk for graft rejection/loss. To investigate the long-term effect of this regimen, we conducted a follow up study in 70 kidney transplant patients until 5 years after REFERENCE initiation. The improvement of kidney function was confirmed in the MMF group but not in the control group (CsA group). Four graft losses occurred, 2 in each group (graft survival in the MMF group 95.8% and 90.9% in control group). One death occurred in the control group. There was no statistically significant difference in the occurrence of serious adverse events or acute graft rejections. A limitation is the weak proportion of patient still remaining within the control group. On the other hand, REFERENCE focuses on the CsA regimen while opinions about the tacrolimus ones are still debated. In conclusion, CsA reduction in the presence of MMF treatment seems to maintain kidney function and is well tolerated in the long term.

  9. Early detection of femoral head avascular necrosis by bone SPECT compared to MRI in renal allograft recipients

    Kang, Do Young; Yang, Seoung Oh; Lee, Hee Kyung; Han, Duck Jong; Shin, Myung Jin [Asan Mecical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The prevalence of avascular necrosis (AVN) of femoral head in patients who receive immunosuppresive agents after renal transplantation is reported to be 4-29%. Among patients who develop AVN after renal transplantation, 80% become symptomatic within 2 years after transplantation. As the number of renal transplantation has been increased recently, early detection of femoral head AVN is very important because early surgical core decompression of femoral head can prevent collapse of the head. MRI is known to be very sensitive to diagnose femoral head AVN. However in three cases we report here, bone SPECT showed early changes of femoral head AVN, whereas MRI showed no specific abnormality. Case 1. A 53-year-old female received an allograft kidney transplantation in 1994. Preoperative bone scan was normal. She complained of both hip pain on Mar. 18 1997. Bone SPECT showed cold defect in both femoral heads but MRI showed no abnormality. After 3 months, bone SPECT and MRI showed AVN of both femoral heads. She underwent bilateral total hip replacement arthroplasty. AVN of femoral heads was confirmed by microscopic examination. Case 2. A 38-year-old female received an allograft kidney transplantation in Feb. 27 1997. Preoperative bone scan was normal. She ran a fever and creatinine was elevated from 1.2 to 2.8 mg/dL. She took high dose methylprednisolone therapy for acute reanl rejection. After two days, she complained pain in both hip joints and knee joints. Bone SPECT showed cold defects in both femoral heads but MRI showed no abnormality. A follow-up bone SPECT and MRI 20 days later revealed AVN of both femoral heads. Case 3. A 50-year-old male received an allograft kidney transplantation on Jul. 12 1995. Preoperative bone scan was normal. He complained of right hip pain on Jul, 26 1995. His bone SPECT showed cold defects in both femoral heads while MRI showed only minimal hip joint effusion. He also complained of left hip pain on Oct. 2 1995. He was admitted on Mar 17

  10. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with fresh-frozen patellar tendon allografts.

    Valenti, J R; Sala, D; Schweitzer, D


    A prospective study was performed on 30 patients who underwent an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with fresh-frozen patellar tendon allograft. An arthroscopic technique alone was used in 10 patients, and in the other 20 patients this was combined with a miniarthrotomy. After a mean follow up of 35 months, the overall functional results were satisfactory in 85%. There were no cases of infection, disease transmission or tissue rejection. Fresh-frozen patellar tendon allografts are a good method of anterior cruciate reconstruction.


    谭建明; 唐孝达; 欧良明; 王庆华


    The effect of HLA-DR matching was retrospectively examined at DNA level on rejection and graft survival of cadaver renal transplantation. HLA-DR matching was typed by PCR-SSP technique in 318 cyclosporine-treated primary cadaveric renal recipients. The recipients were divided into three groups:no DR mismatching (0MM), one DR mismatching (1MM) and two DR mismatching (2MM). The effect of genomic HLA-DR compatibility on early kidney function, acute rejection, steroid pulses and 1 year graft survival was retrospectively analyzed. HLA-DR alleles in all samples were successfully genotyped by PCR-SSP. The overall time of DNA typing was 4 hours. The patients well-matched(0MM),moderately-matched(1MM) and poorly-matched(2MM) were 11.6%, 51.9% and 36.5%, respectively. The total rejection rate, 1 year patient survival and graft survival in 318 recipients were 49.1%, 94.3% and 90.3%. Early graft function, acute rejection episodes, steroid pulses and graft survival in well-matched recipients were better than those in poorly-matched patients. In particular, significant difference was found in acute rejection episodes and 1 year graft survival,suggesting genomic compatibility of HLA-DR has effect on acute rejection and graft survival in cadaver kidney transplantation.%回顾性分析基因水平 HLA-DR相容对移植肾急性排斥和存活率的影响。318例接受环孢菌素A治疗的首次尸肾移植,DR分型采用 PCR-SSP方法。分析DR相容对早期肾功能、急性排斥与激素治疗和1年存活率的影响。结果显示 HLA-DR基因分型均获成功,耗时4h。318例受者中达到0MM者占11.6%、1MM占51.9%、2MM占36.5%,总体排斥率49.1%,1年人/肾存活率94.3%、90.3%。DR相容者,早期肾功能、急性排斥与激素治疗、移植肾存活均明显优于配型差的受者,具有统计学差异。提示基因水平 HLA-DR相容对尸肾移植急性排斥和存活率具有重要影响。

  12. Effect of lymph leakage on renal allograft outcome from living donors

    Abolfazl Bohlouli


    Full Text Available Lymph leakage is a cause of prolonged fluid discharge in renal transplant patients. Lymph leakage during early post-transplantation is responsible for extracting immune substances; therefore, it may play a role in prognosis of the transplanted kidney. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of lymph leakage on different factors that play significant roles in renal allograft outcome. During the present case-control study, we evaluated 62 renal allograft recipients in which 31 subjects were complicated with lymph leakage and enrolled as the study group. The other 31 subjects were included in the control group who did not experience any lymph leakage during their post-transplantation period. All kidneys were transplanted from living donors. We investigated and compared the renal allograft rejection rate, hospitalization duration, serum urea, creatinine (Cr and cyclosporine (CsA levels, antithymoglobin (ATG administration and treatment duration between the study and the control groups. There were no significant difference in the urea and Cr levels between the two groups (P >0.05. Early (one week and late (one month serum CsA levels of the study group were significantly higher than in the control group (P = 0.005 and P = 0.006. The number of days in which ATG receivers responded to therapy was significantly lower for the control group (P = 0.008. 21.93% of the study group subjects experienced allograft rejection, while this rejection probability was 28.38% for the control group (P = 0.799. Lymph leakage has no prominent role in renal function, which is estimated by Cr and urea levels in patients′ serum during the days after transplantation. CsA level was higher in patients with lymph leakage, and all cases of allograft rejection were in the subjects with lymph leakage.

  13. Use of tacrolimus in rescue therapy of acute and chronic rejection in liver transplantation Uso de tacrolimus na terapia de resgate de rejeições agudas e crônicas no transplante de fígado

    Fabricio Ferreira Coelho


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To study the indications and results of tacrolimus as rescue therapy for acute cellular or chronic rejection in liver transplantation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighteen liver transplant recipients who underwent rescue therapy with tacrolimus between March 1995 and August 1999 were retrospectively studied. The treatment indication, patients, and graft situation were recorded as of October 31st, 1999. The response to tacrolimus was defined as patient survival with a functional graft and histological reversal of acute cellular, or for chronic rejection, bilirubin serum levels decreasing to up to twice the upper normal limit. RESULTS: Fourteen cases (77.8% presented a good response. The response rate for the different indications was: (1 acute cellular + sepsis - 0/1 case; (2 recurrent acute cellular - 1/1 case; (3 OKT3-resistant acute cellular - 2/2 cases; (4 steroid-resistant acute cellular + active viral infection - 3/3 cases; (5 chronic rejection - 8/11 cases (72.7% response rate. The 4 patients who did not respond died. CONCLUSION: Tacrolimus rescue therapy was successful in most cases of acute cellular and chronic rejection in liver transplantation.OBJETIVO: Estudar os critérios de indicação e o resultado do uso de tacrolimus na terapia de resgate de rejeições agudas ou crônicas no transplante de fígado. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: Foram estudados 18 pacientes transplantados de fígado, submetidos a terapia de resgate com tacrolimus entre março de 1995 e agosto de 1999. Foram registradas a indicação do tratamento e a situação de pacientes e enxertos em 31/10/1999. Considerou-se "respondendores" pacientes vivos, com enxerto funcionante e regressão histológica da terapia de resgate de rejeições agudas, ou com bilirrubina até 2 vezes o valor normal, no caso de terapia de resgate de rejeições crônicas. RESULTADO: Observou-se resposta em 14 casos (77,8%. A taxa de resposta nas diferentes indicações foi: (1 terapia de resgate

  14. High-Throughput Proteomic Approaches to the Elucidation of Potential Biomarkers of Chronic Allograft Injury (CAI

    Hilary Cassidy


    Full Text Available This review focuses on the role of OMICs technologies, concentrating in particular on proteomics, in biomarker discovery in chronic allograft injury (CAI. CAI is the second most prevalent cause of allograft dysfunction and loss in the first decade post-transplantation, after death with functioning graft (DWFG. The term CAI, sometimes referred to as chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN, describes the deterioration of renal allograft function and structure as a result of immunological processes (chronic antibody-mediated rejection, and other non-immunological factors such as calcineurin inhibitor (CNI induced nephrotoxicity, hypertension and infection. Current methods for assessing allograft function are costly, insensitive and invasive; traditional kidney function measurements such as serum creatinine and glomerular filtration rate (GFR display poor predictive abilities, while the current “gold-standard” involving histological diagnosis with a renal biopsy presents its own inherent risks to the overall health of the allograft. As early as two years post-transplantation, protocol biopsies have shown more than 50% of allograft recipients have mild CAN; ten years post-transplantation more than 50% of the allograft recipients have progressed to severe CAN which is associated with diminishing graft function. Thus, there is a growing medical requirement for minimally invasive biomarkers capable of identifying the early stages of the disease which would allow for timely intervention. Proteomics involves the study of the expression, localization, function and interaction of the proteome. Proteomic technologies may be powerful tools used to identify novel biomarkers which would predict CAI in susceptible individuals. In this paper we will review the use of proteomics in the elucidation of novel predictive biomarkers of CAI in clinical, animal and in vitro studies.

  15. Open-Label, Randomized Study of Transition From Tacrolimus to Sirolimus Immunosuppression in Renal Allograft Recipients

    Tedesco-Silva, Helio; Peddi, V. Ram; Sánchez-Fructuoso, Ana; Marder, Brad A.; Russ, Graeme R.; Diekmann, Fritz; Flynn, Alison; Hahn, Carolyn M.; Li, Huihua; Tortorici, Michael A.; Schulman, Seth L.


    Background Calcineurin inhibitor–associated nephrotoxicity and other adverse events have prompted efforts to minimize/eliminate calcineurin inhibitor use in kidney transplant recipients. Methods This open-label, randomized, multinational study evaluated the effect of planned transition from tacrolimus to sirolimus on kidney function in renal allograft recipients. Patients received tacrolimus-based immunosuppression and then were randomized 3 to 5 months posttransplantation to transition to sirolimus or continue tacrolimus. The primary end point was percentage of patients with 5 mL/min per 1.73 m2 or greater improvement in estimated glomerular filtration rate from randomization to month 24. Results The on-therapy population included 195 patients (sirolimus, 86; tacrolimus, 109). No between-group difference was noted in percentage of patients with 5 mL/min per 1.73 m2 or greater estimated glomerular filtration rate improvement (sirolimus, 34%; tacrolimus, 42%; P = 0.239) at month 24. Sirolimus patients had higher rates of biopsy-confirmed acute rejection (8% vs 2%; P = 0.02), treatment discontinuation attributed to adverse events (21% vs 3%; P < 0.001), and lower rates of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin (0% vs 5%; P = 0.012). Conclusions Our findings suggest that renal function improvement at 24 months is similar for patients with early conversion to sirolimus after kidney transplantation versus those remaining on tacrolimus. PMID:27500260

  16. In vitro-expansion of induced regulatory T cells and its inhibitory effects on corneal allograft rejection%诱导性调节T细胞的体外扩增及其对小鼠角膜移植免疫排斥的抑制作用

    魏彤心; 李光玲; 郭旭明


    Background Researches showed that CD4+CD25+ natural regulatory T cells (nTregs) play an important role in maintaining peripheral immune tolerance, while immunotherapy using in vitro-expanded induced regulatory T cells (iTregs) suppresses allograft rejection in multiple organ transplantation.The inducing method of iTregs still needs to be optimized.Furthermore,the effect of iTregs on grafts of keratoplasty is unclear.Objective This study was to investigate the inducing and expansion method of iTregs and explore its inhibitory effects on corneal allograft rejection.Methods Bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) were isolated from C57BL/6 mice femora and cultured.CD4+ CD25+ T cells and CD4+ CD25-T cells were isolated from mouse spleen and separated using flow cytometry.The CD4+CD25-T cells were divided into negative control group (CD4+CD25-T cells), CD3/ 28 antibody bead group (CD4+CD25-T cells+CD3/28 antibody bead) ,2.5 ng/ml transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 induced group and 10.0 ng/ml TGF-β1 induced group.The iTregs was formed after induction of different concentrations of TGF-β1 and CD3/CD28 antibody bead (1 : 1).CD3/CD28 antibody bead (1 : 2) , interleukin-2 (IL-2) and TGF-β1 were used to expand iTregs.The phenotype and proliferation of iTregs were assayed by flow cytometry,and the inhibitory effect of iTregs on effector T cells (Teffs) was analyzed by mixed lymphocyte reaction.Allogenic keratoplasty model (C57BL/6→BALB/c) was build,and 0.1 ml iTregs or nTregs suspension or PBS was injected via posterior venous plexus of fellow eyes to assess the graft survival time.The use and care of the mice followed the ARVO statement.Results The CD4+CD25+ T cell proportions were (6±3)% ,(91±4)% ,(91±3)% and (86± 6) % in the negative control group,CD3/CD28 antibody bead group, 2.5 ng/ml TGF-β1 induced group and 10.0 ng/ml TGF-β1induced group, showing significant increases in the CD3/CD28 antibody bead group, 2.5 ng/ml TGF-β1 induced group and 10

  17. The number of FoxP3+ cells in transbronchial lung allograft biopsies does not predict bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome within the first five years after transplantation

    Krustrup, Dorrit; Iversen, Martin; Martinussen, Torben;


    Background: An important limitation to the success of lung transplantation is the development of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). It has been hypothesized that regulatory T lymphocytes (Tregs) are related to the risk of BOS. We aim to evaluate whether the number of forkhead box P3 (FoxP3......+) cells/mm2 in lung allograft biopsies is a predictor of long-term outcome. Materials and Methods: A total of 58 consecutive lung transplant patients were included in the study. For 233 routine surveillance biopsy samples, the numbers of FoxP3+ cells/mm2 were assessed by immunohistochemical staining...... with antibodies against FoxP3. BOS scores were calculated for the first five yr after transplantation. Results: We determined that acute rejection was related to the time elapsed from transplantation to BOS with hazard ratios of 3.18 (p = 0.02) and 3.73 (p = 0.04) when comparing the levels of acute rejection...

  18. Significance of Anti-HLA Antibodies on Adult and Pediatric Heart Allograft Outcomes

    Mangiola, Massimo; Marrari, Marilyn; Feingold, Brian; Zeevi, Adriana


    As methods for human leukocyte antigens (HLA) antibody detection have evolved and newer solid phase assays are much more sensitive, the last 15 years has seen a renewed focus on the importance of HLA antibodies in solid organ transplant rejection. However, there is still much controversy regarding the clinical significance of antibody level as depicted by the mean fluorescence intensity of a patient’s neat serum. Emerging techniques, including those that identify antibody level and function, show promise for the detection of individuals at risk of allograft rejection, determination of the effectiveness of desensitization prior to transplant, and for monitoring treatment of rejection. Here, we review current publications regarding the relevance of donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA) in adult and pediatric heart transplantation (HT) with graft survival, development of antibody-mediated rejection and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). The negative impact of DSA on patient and allograft survival is evident in adult and pediatric HT recipients. Many questions remain regarding the most appropriate frequency of assessment of pre- and posttransplant DSA as well as the phenotype of DSA memory vs. true de novo antibody using large multicenter adult and pediatric cohorts and state-of-the-art methodologies for DSA detection and characterization. PMID:28191005

  19. The treatment of peripheral nerve injuries using irradiated allografts and temporary host immunosuppression (in a rat model)

    Easterling, K.J.; Trumble, T.E. (Yale Univ. School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (USA))


    Irradiation of allografts prior to transplantation and host immunosuppression with cyclosporin-A were studied separately and in combination as means of lessening the rejection of transplanted peripheral nerve tissue. Lewis and Brown Norway rats were used in the animal model, as they differ at both major and minor histocompatibility loci. Sciatic nerve grafts (2.5 cm) were used and the animals were followed for 16 weeks after nerve grafting. The outcome was studied by functional measurements (sensory testing, gait analysis, joint flexion contracture, and muscle weight), as well as by measurements of biochemical and histologic parameters (hydroxyproline concentration and axon counts, respectively). Sensory testing was not reliable because of crossover innervation by the saphenous nerve. Evaluation by standard gait-testing techniques was found to be unsatisfactory. However, the allografted animals receiving cyclosporin-A had significantly smaller flexion contractures, compared to the allografted animals without immunosuppression (17 degrees +/- 12 degrees vs. 44 degrees +/- 13 degrees and 51 degrees +/- 13 degrees, p less than 0.005). Allografted animals receiving short-term cyclosporin-A had contractures that were not significantly different from those seen in isografted control animals (17 degrees +/- 12 degrees vs. 22 degrees +/- 15 degrees, NS). Muscle hydroxyproline concentration analysis revealed a lower hydroxyproline concentration among the allografted groups that received irradiated allografts, compared to groups receiving nonirradiated allogeneic grafts. The studies of muscle hydroxyproline concentration and muscle weight both showed substantial reinnervation, even in allografted animals without pretreatment of the grafts or immunosuppression of the recipient animal.

  20. Prolonged renal allograft survival by donor interleukin-6 deficiency: association with decreased alloantibodies and increased intragraft T regulatory cells.

    Wang, Hao; Guan, Qiunong; Lan, Zhu; Li, Shuyuan; Ge, Wei; Chen, Huifang; Nguan, Christopher Y C; Du, Caigan


    Both humoral and cellular immune responses are involved in renal allograft rejection. Interleukin (IL)-6 is a regulatory cytokine for both B and Foxp3 (forkhead box P3)-expressing regulatory T (Treg) cells. This study was designed to investigate the impact of donor IL-6 production on renal allograft survival. Donor kidneys from IL-6 knockout (KO) vs. wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice (H-2(b)) were orthotopically transplanted to nephrotomized BALB/c mice (H-2(d)). Alloantibodies and Treg cells were examined by fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis. Graft survival was determined by the time to graft failure. Here, we showed that a deficiency in IL-6 expression in donor kidneys significantly prolonged renal allograft survival compared with WT controls. IL-6 protein was upregulated in renal tubules and endothelium of renal allografts following rejection, which correlated with an increase in serum IL-6 compared with that in those receiving KO grafts or naive controls. The absence of graft-producing IL-6 or lower levels of serum IL-6 in the recipients receiving IL-6 KO allografts was associated with decreased circulating anti-graft alloantibodies and increased the percentage of intragraft CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) Treg cells compared with those with WT allografts. In conclusion, the lack of graft-producing IL-6 significantly prolongs renal allograft survival, which is associated with reduced alloantibody production and/or increased intragraft Treg cell population, implying that targeting donor IL-6 may effectively prevent both humoral and cellular rejection of kidney transplants.

  1. Genetic predisposition of donors affects the allograft outcome in kidney transplantation; polymorphisms of stromal-derived factor-1 and CXC receptor 4.

    Jung Pyo Lee

    Full Text Available Genetic interaction between donor and recipient may dictate the impending responses after transplantation. In this study, we evaluated the role of the genetic predispositions of stromal-derived factor-1 (SDF1 [rs1801157 (G>A] and CXC receptor 4 (CXCR4 [rs2228014 (C>T] on renal allograft outcomes. A total of 335 pairs of recipients and donors were enrolled. Biopsy-proven acute rejection (BPAR and long-term graft survival were traced. Despite similar allele frequencies between donors and recipients, minor allele of SDF1 rs1801157 (GA+AA from donor, not from recipients, has a protective effect on the development of BPAR compared to wild type donor (GG (P  = 0.005. Adjustment for multiple covariates did not affect this result (odds ratio 0.39, 95% C.I 0.20-0.76, P = 0.006. CXCR4 rs2228014 polymorphisms from donor or recipient did not affect the incidence of acute rejection. SDF1 was differentially expressed in renal tubular epithelium with acute rejection according to genetic variations of donor rs1801157 showing higher expressions in the grafts from GG donors. Contrary to the development of BPAR, the presence of minor allele rs1801157 A, especially homozygocity, predisposed poor graft survival (P = 0.001. This association was significant after adjusting for several risk factors (hazard ratio 3.01; 95% C.I = 1.19-7.60; P = 0.020. The allelic variation of recipients, however, was not associated with graft loss. A donor-derived genetic polymorphism of SDF1 has influenced the graft outcome. Thus, the genetic predisposition of donor should be carefully considered in transplantation.

  2. Allograft tolerance induced by donor apoptotic lymphocytes requires phagocytosis in the recipient

    Sun, E.; Gao, Y.; Chen, J.; Roberts, A. I.; Wang, X.; Chen, Z.; Shi, Y.


    Cell death through apoptosis plays a critical role in regulating cellular homeostasis. Whether the disposal of apoptotic cells through phagocytosis can actively induce immune tolerance in vivo, however, remains controversial. Here, we report in a rat model that without using immunosuppressants, transfusion of apoptotic splenocytes from the donor strain prior to transplant dramatically prolonged survival of heart allografts. Histological analysis verified that rejection signs were significantly ameliorated. Splenocytes from rats transfused with donor apoptotic cells showed a dramatically decreased response to donor lymphocyte stimulation. Most importantly, blockade of phagocytosis in vivo, either with gadolinium chloride to disrupt phagocyte function or with annexin V to block binding of exposed phosphotidylserine to its receptor on phagocytes, abolished the beneficial effect of transfused apoptotic cells on heart allograft survival. Our results demonstrate that donor apoptotic cells promote specific allograft acceptance and that phagocytosis of apoptotic cells in vivo plays a crucial role in maintaining immune tolerance.

  3. Relationship between apoptosis and acute rejection in cardiac allograft in rats%心肌细胞凋亡与急性心脏移植排斥的关系

    李天发; 于波; 张瑶; 周亚滨; 黄淇



  4. Prevalence of Epstein Barr Virus Infection and Effecting Factors in Renal Allograft Recipients for Controlling Ptld in Imam Khomeini Hospital from 2001 to 2004

    Sh Salari lak


    Full Text Available Introduction: EBV is categorized as Herpesviridans and by nature is a Lymph crypto Virus. Studies have demonstrated that EBV will infect 80 to 90 percent of patients during the first year and there is a close relation between kidney malfunction and EBV infection. Reactivation of the virus excites the immune system, and ultimately leads to rejection of kidney. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence and identify the affecting factors of EBV infection among renal allograft recipients. Methods: This descriptive study was conducted on 68 renal allograft recipients hospitalized in Imam Khomeini medical center from 2001 to 2004. Blood sample was taken from subjects before kidney transplantation and it was being taken every 3 months during the first year after transplantation. Elisa Serologic tests were implemented to determine the antibody virus EBV antigens, such as VCAIgM, VCAIgG and EBNAIgG. Information about patients was obtained from their medical records and necessary forms were filled. Types of prescribed immunosuppressive agents and the status of kidney rejection was closely observed to identify the factors affecting rejection. Results: This study showed that EBV infection was previously developed in 85.3 %of subjects (58 patients and Active Infection was found in14.7 % of subjects (10 patients. EBV Seronegativity and Primary infection was not found in this sturdy. Active infection and secondary EBV was detected in 58.8% of subjects (40 patients during the first year after transplantation. 95.6 % (65 of recipients before transplantation were seropositive for EBNAIgG and after transplantation, 100% (All of them were positive. 92.6 % (63 of recipients before transplantation were seropositive forVCAIgG and after transplantation, 96.9% (66 of them were positive. 95.6% of recipients (65 of them were seropositive for EBNAIgG before transplantation, while after transplantation the rate was 100% (all of the recipients. Active and

  5. Pilot study exploring lung allograft surfactant protein A (SP-A) expression in association with lung transplant outcome.

    D'Ovidio, F; Kaneda, H; Chaparro, C; Mura, M; Lederer, D; Di Angelo, S; Takahashi, H; Gutierrez, C; Hutcheon, M; Singer, L G; Waddell, T K; Floros, J; Liu, M; Keshavjee, S


    Primary graft failure and chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) limit lung transplant long-term outcomes. Various lung diseases have been correlated with surfactant protein (SP) expression and polymorphisms. We sought to investigate the role of SP expression in lung allografts prior to implantation, in relation to posttransplant outcomes. The expression of SP-(A, B, C, D) mRNA was assayed in 42 allografts. Posttransplant assessments include pulmonary function tests, bronchoscopy, broncho-alveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and biopsies to determine allograft rejection. BALF was assayed for SP-A, SP-D in addition to cytokines IL-8, IL-12 and IL-2. The diagnosis of CLAD was evaluated 6 months after transplantation. Lung allografts with low SP-A mRNA expression prior to implantation reduced survival (Log-rank p < 0.0001). No association was noted for the other SPs. Allografts with low SP-A mRNA had greater IL-2 (p = 0.03) and IL-12 (p < 0.0001) in the BALF and a greater incidence of rejection episodes (p = 0.003). Levels of SP-A mRNA expression were associated with the SP-A2 polymorphisms (p = 0.015). Specifically, genotype 1A1A(0) was associated with lower SP-A mRNA expression (p < 0.05). Lung allografts with low levels of SP-A mRNA expression are associated with reduced survival. Lung allograft SP-A mRNA expression appears to be associated with SP-A gene polymorphisms.

  6. 移植肾血栓超声诊断分析%Diagnosis of renal allograft vascular thrombosis by ultrasound

    俞能旺; 张爱民; 孟建中; 郝俊文; 刘毅; 刘贞; 李香铁


    Objective To investigate the specificity of ultrasound in the diagnosis of renal allograft vascular thrombosis. Methods The ultrasound data of 22 patients,from out of 1517 renal transplants from Jan. 1996 to Mar. 2011 in our hospitals, with renal allograft vascular thrombosis diagnosed by ultrasound within 1 year after renal allograft transplantation were retrospectively studied . Results Among the 22 patients,4 patients were diagnosed as renal allograft artery thrombosis by ultrasound , of which 3 were confirmed by surgery and pathology but the other one was misdiagnosed . One patient was diagnosed as inferior renal artery thrombosis and confirmed by surgery thereafter. Four of 8 ultrasound-diagnosed renal vein thrombosis were confirmed ,but 2 of the other 4 patients were proved to be acute rejection by pathology , while the other 2 were proved as misdiagnosis by surgery or other clinical manifestation . As for 9 patients of ultrasound-diagnosed renal vein partial thrombosis , 1 and 3 patients were proved to be misdiagnosis by surgery and clinical manifestation respectively , while the other 5 patients showed no sign of thrombosis on ultrasonography after thrombolytic therapy. Conclusion Ultrasound has a high specificity to diagnose renal allograft artery thrombosis, while a low specificity to diagnose renal allograft vein thrombosis .%目的 探讨超声诊断移植肾血栓的特异度.方法 回顾分析我院1996年1月至2011年3月1517例肾移植术患者中术后1年内超声诊断为移植肾血栓的22例患者超声检查资料,并与磁共振血管造影、CT血管造影、手术探查及术后病理结果比较.结果 22例超声诊断为移植肾血栓的患者中,超声诊断为移植肾主动脉血栓4例,其中3例经手术探查及术后病理证实,另1例手术发现超声检查误诊.超声诊断为移植肾下极血栓1例,经手术探查证实.超声诊断为移植肾主肾静脉血栓8例,其中4例经手术探查和术后病理证实,2例

  7. 白细胞靶向心肌超声造影技术评价心脏移植后急性排斥反应的研究%Evaluation of acute cardiac transplant rejection with targeted myocardial contrast echocardiography

    董静; 张平洋; 方玲玲; 黄福华; 汪黎明; 赵有财; 王劲松


    Objective To discuss the value of leukocyte-targeted myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) as a tool in observing the degree of acute rejection after heart transplantation. Methods Abdominal heterotopic cardiac transplantation was performed on 32 rats successfully, among which 8 isografts served as group A, and groups B, C and D involved 8 allografts respectively. The rats in groups B and C were treated with cyclosporine A (CsA) at a high dose (10mg· kg-1 · day-1 ), a low dose (3 mg · kg-1 · day-1 ) from 3rd day before transplantation respectively.The rats in groups A and D were untreated with CsA. MCE was performed during continuous intravenous SonoVue injection postoperatively on the third day after operation. We performed 2 types of MCE: perfusion imaging and leukocyte-targeted imaging. The images were obtained at 20 s and 5 min after injection of contrast agent. The value of the contrast image grayscale (GS) was measured by image analyzer (GS20s, GS5 min). GStarget was calculated as the GS5min minus the GS20s in the same rat.Postmortem histology was performed after observation. The degree of myocardial rejection was determined by HE-stained graft myocardium. Immunohistochemistry was performed to quantify the CD3-positive cells, and correlation analysis was performed between CD3-positive cell count and GS20s,GS5min, GStarget. Results Perfusion imaging showed no significant difference in myocardial GS20s of each group. Leukocyte-Targeted imaging exhibited a clear gradient in these groups (P<0. 05). There was significant difference in GStarget of each group (P<0. 001). Postmortem histology showed 0- Ⅰ grade rejection in group A, Ⅰ -Ⅱ grade rejection in group B, Ⅱ-Ⅲ grade rejection in group C, Ⅲ-Ⅳ grade rejection in group D. Immunohistochemistry revealed the CD3-positive cell infiltration was increased in turn from the group A to the group D. There was a significantly positive correlation between the CD3-positive cell count and GStarget

  8. CD160Ig fusion protein targets a novel costimulatory pathway and prolongs allograft survival.

    Francesca D'Addio

    Full Text Available CD160 is a cell surface molecule expressed by most NK cells and approximately 50% of CD8(+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Engagement of CD160 by MHC class-I directly triggers a costimulatory signal to TCR-induced proliferation, cytokine production and cytotoxic effector functions. The role of CD160 in alloimmunity is unknown. Using a newly generated CD160 fusion protein (CD160Ig we examined the role of the novel costimulatory molecule CD160 in mediating CD4(+ or CD8(+ T cell driven allograft rejection. CD160Ig inhibits alloreactive CD8(+ T cell proliferation and IFN-γ production in vitro, in particular in the absence of CD28 costimulation. Consequently CD160Ig prolongs fully mismatched cardiac allograft survival in CD4(-/-, CD28(-/- knockout and CTLA4Ig treated WT recipients, but not in WT or CD8(-/- knockout recipients. The prolonged cardiac allograft survival is associated with reduced alloreactive CD8(+ T cell proliferation, effector/memory responses and alloreactive IFN-γ production. Thus, CD160 signaling is particularly important in CD28-independent effector/memory CD8(+ alloreactive T cell activation in vivo and therefore may serve as a novel target for prevention of allograft rejection.

  9. Hair Follicle Dermal Sheath Derived Cells Improve Islet Allograft Survival without Systemic Immunosuppression

    Xiaojie Wang


    Full Text Available Immunosuppressive drugs successfully prevent rejection of islet allografts in the treatment of type I diabetes. However, the drugs also suppress systemic immunity increasing the risk of opportunistic infection and cancer development in allograft recipients. In this study, we investigated a new treatment for autoimmune diabetes using naturally immune privileged, hair follicle derived, autologous cells to provide localized immune protection of islet allotransplants. Islets from Balb/c mouse donors were cotransplanted with syngeneic hair follicle dermal sheath cup cells (DSCC, group 1 or fibroblasts (FB, group 2 under the kidney capsule of immune-competent, streptozotocin induced, diabetic C57BL/6 recipients. Group 1 allografts survived significantly longer than group 2 (32.2 ± 12.2 versus 14.1 ± 3.3 days, P<0.001 without administration of any systemic immunosuppressive agents. DSCC reduced T cell activation in the renal lymph node, prevented graft infiltrates, modulated inflammatory chemokine and cytokine profiles, and preserved better beta cell function in the islet allografts, but no systemic immunosuppression was observed. In summary, DSCC prolong islet allograft survival without systemic immunosuppression by local modulation of alloimmune responses, enhancing of beta cell survival, and promoting of graft revascularization. This novel finding demonstrates the capacity of easily accessible hair follicle cells to be used as local immunosuppression agents in islet transplantation.

  10. Hair follicle dermal sheath derived cells improve islet allograft survival without systemic immunosuppression.

    Wang, Xiaojie; Hao, Jianqiang; Leung, Gigi; Breitkopf, Trisia; Wang, Eddy; Kwong, Nicole; Akhoundsadegh, Noushin; Warnock, Garth L; Shapiro, Jerry; McElwee, Kevin J


    Immunosuppressive drugs successfully prevent rejection of islet allografts in the treatment of type I diabetes. However, the drugs also suppress systemic immunity increasing the risk of opportunistic infection and cancer development in allograft recipients. In this study, we investigated a new treatment for autoimmune diabetes using naturally immune privileged, hair follicle derived, autologous cells to provide localized immune protection of islet allotransplants. Islets from Balb/c mouse donors were cotransplanted with syngeneic hair follicle dermal sheath cup cells (DSCC, group 1) or fibroblasts (FB, group 2) under the kidney capsule of immune-competent, streptozotocin induced, diabetic C57BL/6 recipients. Group 1 allografts survived significantly longer than group 2 (32.2 ± 12.2 versus 14.1 ± 3.3 days, P < 0.001) without administration of any systemic immunosuppressive agents. DSCC reduced T cell activation in the renal lymph node, prevented graft infiltrates, modulated inflammatory chemokine and cytokine profiles, and preserved better beta cell function in the islet allografts, but no systemic immunosuppression was observed. In summary, DSCC prolong islet allograft survival without systemic immunosuppression by local modulation of alloimmune responses, enhancing of beta cell survival, and promoting of graft revascularization. This novel finding demonstrates the capacity of easily accessible hair follicle cells to be used as local immunosuppression agents in islet transplantation.

  11. 移植心脏电生理改变与移植物排斥反应关系的研究%Study on the relationship between electrophysiological change in heterotopic heart transplants and acute heart graft rejection in rats

    安君; 阎德民; 金铁南


    目的 探讨非创伤性监测及诊断心脏移植后急性移植物排斥反应(GR)方法。方法通过大鼠颈部心脏移植模型观察急性GR过程中移植心脏电生理改变,即房室传导有效不应期(ERP-AVCS)改变与移植心脏形态学改变的关系。结果 同系移植及异系移植免疫抑制剂投用组ERP-AVCS无延长;异系移植组移植后第3天,其 ERP-AVCS出现明显延长[(96.88±6.77) ms,P<0.05],第5天为(114.62±7.46 ) ms(P<0.01),第7天为(121.67±9.73) ms(P<0.01)。同系移植及异系移植+免疫抑制剂投用组形态学结构未见异常;异系移植组在移植后第3天开始出现急性GR,如心肌纤维间质明显增宽、排列紊乱,血管旁及间质内出现单核细胞等且第5天及第7天急性GR渐加重。异系移植心脏ERP-AVC与排斥反应形态学改变呈明显正相关(P<0.01)。结论 检测移植心脏ERP-AVC是简便、可靠、低费用、非创伤性诊断移植心脏急性排斥反应手段。%Objective To evaluate the correlation bet ween effective refractory period of atrioventricular conduction system (ERP-AVC S) and histopathological changes, to assess if ERP-AVCS could be a noninvasive procedure for frequently monitoring of acute heart graft rejection (GR). Methods Three kinds of heterotopic neck heart transplants were performed. Group A: WKA rats received WKA rat isografts (n=32), group B: WKA rats received Fisher 344 allografts (n=30), and group C: WKA rats re ceived Fisher 344 allografts treated with immunosuppressants (n=32, 15-deox y spergualin 5 mg/kg and prednisolone 5 mg/kg per day after transplantation). The correlation between ERP-AVCS changes and the morphological changes in the graft s was observed during acute heart GR. Results The ERP-AVCS in the groups A and C was not prolo n ged, while in the group B it was significantly prolonged from the day 3 to 7 aft er transplantation (96.88±6.77 ms at the day 3, P<0.05; 114

  12. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with allograft tendons.

    Strickland, Sabrina M; MacGillivray, John D; Warren, Russell F


    Allograft tissue allows reconstruction of the ACL without the donor site morbidity that can be caused by autograft harvesting. Patients who must kneel as a part of their occupation or chosen sport are particularly good candidates for allograft reconstruction. Patients over 45 years of age and those requiring revision ACL surgery can also benefit from the use and availability of allograft tendons. In some cases, patients or surgeons may opt for allograft tendons to maximize the result or morbidity ratio. Despite advances in cadaver screening and graft preparation, there remain risks of disease transmission and joint infection after allograft implantation. Detailed explanation and informed consent is vitally important in cases in which allograft tissue is used.

  13. Critical role for CD8 T cells in allograft acceptance induced by DST and CD40/CD154 costimulatory blockade.

    Gao, Donghong; Lunsford, Keri E; Eiring, Anna M; Bumgardner, Ginny L


    Donor-specific transfusion (DST) and CD40/CD154 costimulation blockade is a powerful immunosuppressive strategy which prolongs survival of many allografts. The efficacy of DST and anti-CD154 mAb for prolongation of hepatocellular allograft survival was only realized in C57BL/6 mice that have both CD4- and CD8-dependent pathways available (median survival time, MST, 82 days). Hepatocyte rejection in CD8 KO mice which is CD4-dependent was not suppressed by DST and anti-CD154 mAb treatment (MST, 7 days); unexpectedly DST abrogated the beneficial effects of anti-CD154 mAb for suppression of hepatocyte rejection (MST, 42 days) and on donor-reactive alloantibody production. Hepatocyte rejection in CD4 KO mice which is CD8-dependent was suppressed by treatment with DST and anti-CD154 mAb therapy (MST, 35 days) but did not differ significantly from immunotherapy with anti-CD154 mAb alone (MST, 32 days). Induction of hepatocellular allograft acceptance by DST and anti-CD154 mAb immunotherapy was dependent on host CD8(+) T cells, as demonstrated by CD8 depletion studies in C57BL/6 mice (MST, 14 days) and CD8 reconstitution of CD8 KO mice (MST, 56 days). These studies demonstrate that both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cell subsets contribute to induction of hepatocellular allograft acceptance by this immunotherapeutic strategy.

  14. Use of CTLA4Ig for induction of mixed chimerism and renal allograft tolerance in nonhuman primates.

    Yamada, Y; Ochiai, T; Boskovic, S; Nadazdin, O; Oura, T; Schoenfeld, D; Cappetta, K; Smith, R-N; Colvin, R B; Madsen, J C; Sachs, D H; Benichou, G; Cosimi, A B; Kawai, T


    We have previously reported successful induction of renal allograft tolerance via a mixed chimerism approach in nonhuman primates. In those studies, we found that costimulatory blockade with anti-CD154 mAb was an effective adjunctive therapy for induction of renal allograft tolerance. However, since anti-CD154 mAb is not clinically available, we have evaluated CTLA4Ig as an alternative agent for effecting costimulation blockade in this treatment protocol. Two CTLA4Igs, abatacept and belatacept, were substituted for anti-CD154 mAb in the conditioning regimen (low dose total body irradiation, thymic irradiation, anti-thymocyte globulin and a 1-month posttransplant course of cyclosporine [CyA]). Three recipients treated with the abatacept regimen failed to develop comparable lymphoid chimerism to that achieved with anti-CD154 mAb treatment and these recipients rejected their kidney allografts early. With the belatacept regimen, four of five recipients developed chimerism and three of these achieved long-term renal allograft survival (>861, >796 and >378 days) without maintenance immunosuppression. Neither chimerism nor long-term allograft survival were achieved in two recipients treated with the belatacept regimen but with a lower, subtherapeutic dose of CyA. This study indicates that CD28/B7 blockade with belatacept can provide a clinically applicable alternative to anti-CD154 mAb for promoting chimerism and renal allograft tolerance.

  15. Leiomyoma in a Renal Allograft

    Yan Jun Li


    Full Text Available Leiomyomas are smooth muscle tumours that are rarely found in the kidney. There is one report of a leiomyoma in a kidney transplant in a paediatric recipient. Here, we report an adult renal transplant recipient who developed an Epstein-Barr virus-positive leiomyoma in his allograft 15 years after transplantation. The patient was converted to everolimus for posttransplant immunosuppression management and there was no sign of progression over a year.

  16. Significance of urinary proteome pattern in renal allograft recipients.

    Suhail, Sufi M


    Urinary proteomics is developing as a platform of urinary biomarkers of immense potential in recent years. The definition of urinary proteome in the context of renal allograft and characterization of different proteome patterns in various graft dysfunctions have led to the development of a distinct science of this noninvasive tool. Substantial numbers of studies have shown that different renal allograft disease states, both acute and chronic, could portray unique urinary proteome pattern enabling early diagnosis of graft dysfunction and proper manipulation of immunosuppressive strategy that could impact graft prognosis. The methodology of the urinary proteome is nonetheless not more complex than that of other sophisticated assays of conventional urinary protein analysis. Moreover, the need for a centralized database is also felt by the researchers as more and more studies have been presenting their results from different corners and as systems of organizing these newly emerging data being developed at international and national levels. In this context concept of urinary proteomics in renal allograft recipients would be of significant importance in clinical transplantation.

  17. Application of anti-CD103 immunotoxin for saving islet allograft in context of transplantation

    ZHANG Lei; Gregg A. Hadley


    Background Previous studies using knockout mice document a key role for the integrin CD103 in promoting organ allograft rejection and graft-versus-host disease. However, a determination of whether blockade of the CD103 pathway represents a viable therapeutic strategy for intervention in these processes has proven problematic due to the lack of reagents that efficiently deplete CD103+ cells from wild type hosts. To circumvent this problem, in the present study, we invented an anti-CD103 immunotoxin (M290-SAP). We investigated whether M290-SAP has capacity to eliminate CD103-expressing cells in vivo and protect transplanted islets from destroying by host immune cells.Methods Flow cytometry was used to analyze the efficacy of M290-SAP in depleting CD103-expressing cells in vivo.Then using allogenic islet transplantation models as well as NOD mice with recent onset type 1 diabetes, the therapeutic efficacy of CD103-expressing cell depletion was addressed.Results M290-SAP dramatically reduces the frequency and absolute numbers of CD103-expressing leukocytes in peripheral lymphatic tissues of treated mice. Balb/c islets transplanted into streptozotocin-induced diabetic C57BL/6 mice under single M290-SAP treatment showed an indefinite survival time compared with untreated mice, M290-treated mice and IgG-SAP treated mice (mean survival time, >100 days vs. <20 days). C57BL/6 islets transplanted into hyperglycemic NOD mice under single M290-SAP treatment showed a pronounced delay in allograft rejection compared with untreated mice (mean survival time 12-13 days vs. <7 days). Immunological analysis of mice with long-term islet allograft survival revealed an obvious atrophy thymus and severe downregulation of alloimmunity of CD8 subpopulation response to allogenic stimulation.Conclusion Regardless of the underlying mechanisms, these data document that depletion of CD103-expressing cells represents a viable strategy for therapeutic intervention in islet allograft

  18. T2' imaging of native kidneys and renal allografts. A feasibility study

    Mathys, C.; Blondin, D.; Wittsack, H.J.; Miese, F.R.; Rybacki, K.; Walther, C.; Holstein, A.; Lanzman, R.S. [Universitaetsklinikum Duesseldorf (Germany). Inst. fuer Radiologie


    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of T2' mapping in native kidneys and renal allografts. Materials and Methods: Following approval of the local ethics committee, 24 renal allograft recipients and 10 control subjects (healthy volunteers) were included in this study. Multi-echo T2 and T2{sup *} imaging was performed on a 1.5 Tesla scanner. Allograft recipients were assigned to two groups: group (a), 8 patients with good (glomerular filtration rate of more than 40 ml/min) allograft function and no evidence of transplant rejection, transplant renal artery stenosis or ureteral obstruction; group (b), 16 patients with deterioration of renal graft function (glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of 40 ml/min or less). Two different imaging protocols were tested. Results: The mean T2' relaxation parameters were 108.33 msec {+-} 13.34, 100.00 msec {+-} 18.89 and 124.57 msec {+-} 6.51 for groups (a), (b) and for control subjects, respectively. The reduction of T2' values in patient group (b) was not statistically significant. However, significant correlations could be demonstrated between T2' values and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of renal allograft function. The reproducibility was tested and the coefficients of variation of T2' values in the cortex of transplanted kidneys were 11.1 % within subjects and 11.3 % between subjects. Conclusion: Our results indicate that T2' imaging is a promising non-enhanced technique, which seems to reveal information on transplant function. Further studies are required to determine the clinical value of T2' mapping for monitoring renal allograft recipients. (orig.)

  19. Long-term renal allograft function on a tacrolimus-based, pred-free maintenance immunosuppression comparing sirolimus vs. MMF.

    Gallon, L; Perico, N; Dimitrov, B D; Winoto, J; Remuzzi, G; Leventhal, J; Gaspari, F; Kaufman, D


    It is not known how different steroid-free immunosuppressive combinations affect renal graft survival and long-term kidney transplant function. Here we sought to compare the impact on graft survival and long-term graft function of two tacrolimus (Tac)-based, prednisone-free maintenance immunosuppressive protocols: Tac/Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF) vs. Tac/Sirolimus (SRL). Renal transplant patients given induction therapy with IL2-RA and methylprednisolone on days 0, 1 and 2 post-transplant were prospectively randomized to two maintenance immunosuppressive regimens with Tac/MMF (n = 45) or Tac/SRL (n = 37). During the 3-year follow-up the following data were collected: patient survival, renal allograft survival, incidence of acute rejection and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) at different time-points post-transplant. Cumulative graft survival was significantly different in the two groups: one kidney loss in the Tac/MMF vs. six kidney losses in the Tac/SRL (log-rank test p = 0.04). GFR at different time-points post-transplant was consistently and statistically better in the Tac/MMF than in the Tac/SRL group. The slope of GFR decline per month was flatter in the Tac/MMF than in the Tac/SRL group. This study showed that renal graft survival and graft function were significantly lower in the combination of Tac/SRL than Tac/MMF.

  20. Post-transplant anti-HLA class II antibodies as risk factor for late kidney allograft failure.

    Campos, E F; Tedesco-Silva, H; Machado, P G; Franco, M; Medina-Pestana, J O; Gerbase-DeLima, M


    The purpose of this study was to prospectively analyze the relationship between the post-transplant anti-HLA class I and/or class II panel reactive antibodies and graft failure due to chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN). We studied 512 first kidney recipients transplanted at a single center, with a graft functioning for at least 3 years. A single blood sample was collected from each patient for antibody evaluation. The median posttransplant time after blood collection was 4.4 years and did not differ between patients with (n = 91) or without anti-HLA antibodies (n = 421). Female gender, pregnancies and blood transfusions were associated with the presence of anti-HLA class I antibodies. Graft function deterioration was associated with anti-HLA class II antibodies. Multivariate analysis showed independent association for creatinine levels (RR = 7.5), acute rejection (RR = 2.6), recipient male gender (RR = 3.6) and anti-HLA class II antibodies (RR = 2.9) and CAN-associated graft loss. In conclusion, the presence of anti-HLA class II antibodies conferred a risk for graft loss before a decline in renal function and increased the risk of graft failure in patients who already had a decline in graft function. Thus, anti-HLA class II antibody monitoring is a useful tool for the management of long-term kidney recipients.

  1. 慢性失功移植肾组织中C4d的表达与意义%Expression and significance of complement split product C4d in chronic function loss renal allograft

    赵亚昆; 祝清国; 仇宇; 张川; 刘伟; 高治忠


    x Objective To observe the expression of C4d in renal allograft with chronic function loss and to investigate the relationship of chronic active antibody-mediated rejection and chronic allograft function loss. Methods Twenty-seven renal allografts of chronic graft injury that had been proved by pathology were analyzed by immunohistochemistry and indirect immunofluores-cence was used to observe the deposition of complement split product C4d in peritubular capillaries. The relationship of C4d and transplant-related factors and prognosis of renal allograft were analyzed. Results All of the 27 patients, 55.6% were C4d deposition positive. The patients with C4d positive sharply demonstrated glomerular basement membrane layered and end-arterium incrassation, while C4d deposition negative group primary demonstrated that tubular atrophy, arteriolar intimal fibrosis and interstitial fibrosis. Incidence of presensitization ( PRA > 10% )and acute rejection were higher in patients with C4d positive, and onset of abnormal allograft function were also earlier in these patients than those of C4d deposition negative group (P <0. 05). Conclusion Chronic active antibody-mediated rejection is involved in chronic' renal function loss after the renal transplantation. Deposition of complement split product C4d in peritubular capillaries is very useful in diagnosis and treatment of antibody mediated rejection.%目的 观察慢性失功移植肾组织中C4d的表达,探讨抗体介导的慢性活动性排斥反应与慢性移植肾失功的关系.方法 对本院27例经病理证实为慢性移植物损伤的移植肾组织行免疫组化或间接免疫荧光法检测肾小管周围毛细血管中C4d的沉积,分析C4d沉积与移植相关因素和移植肾预后的关系.结果 27例患者中,C4d阳性率为55.6%.C4d沉积阳性组病理改变以肾小球基底膜分层和动脉内膜增厚为主,C4d沉积阴性组以肾小管萎缩和间质纤维化为主;C4d沉积阳

  2. Demand for human allograft tissue in Canada.

    Lakey, Jonathan R T; Mirbolooki, Mohammadreza; Rogers, Christina; Mohr, Jim


    There is relatively little known about the demand for allograft tissues in Canada. The Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (CCDT) is a national advisory body that undertook a comprehensive "market survey" to estimate surgical demand for human allograft tissues in Canada. The report "Demand for Human Allograft Tissue in Canada" reflects survey results sent to 5 prominent User Groups. User Groups were identified as orthopaedic surgeons; neurosurgeons; corneal transplant surgeons; plastic surgeons, specifically those at Canadian Burn Units; and cardiac surgeons (adult and paediatric surgery). The demand for allograft grafts was determined and then extrapolated across the total User Group and then increases in allograft tissue use over the next 1-2 years across User Groups were predicted. The overall response rate for the survey was 21.4%. It varied from a low of 19.6% for the orthopaedic survey to a high of 40.5% for the corneal survey. The estimated current demand for allograft tissue in Canada ranges from a low of 34,442 grafts per year to a high of 62,098 grafts per year. The predicted increase in use of allograft tissue over the next 1-2 year period would suggest that annual demand could rise to somewhere in the range of 42,589-72,210 grafts. The highest rated preferences (98% and 94%) were for accredited and Canadian tissue banks, respectively. This study represents a key step in addressing the paucity of information concerning the demand for allograft tissue in Canada.

  3. Acellular nerve allograft promotes selective regeneration

    Haili Xin; Guanjun Wang; Xinrong He; Jiang Peng; Quanyi Guo; Wenjing Xu


    Acellular nerve allograft preserves the basilar membrane tube and extracellular matrix, which pro-motes selective regeneration of neural defects via bridging. In the present study, a Sprague Dawley rat sciatic nerve was utilized to prepare acellular nerve allografts through the use of the chemical extraction method. Subsequently, the allograft was transplanted into a 10-mm sciatic nerve defect in Wistar rats, while autologous nerve grafts from Wistar rats served as controls. Compared with autologous nerve grafts, the acellular nerve allografts induced a greater number of degenerated nerve fibers from sural nerves, as well as a reduced misconnect rate in motor fibers, fewer acetyl-choline esterase-positive sural nerves, and a greater number of carbonic anhydrase-positive senso-ry nerve fibers. Results demonstrated that the acellular nerve allograft exhibited significant neural selective regeneration in the process of bridging nerve defects.

  4. Detection of endothelin and nitric oxide in renal allograft recipients%肾移植患者血内皮素和一氧化氮检测的临床意义

    吴卫真; 陈健; 林荣禧; 谭建明; 余毅


    目的:探讨肾移植患者血中内皮素(ET)和一氧化氮(NO)的临床意义。方法:对32例肾移植患者进行外周血ET-1和NO动态检测,将检测结果与对照组进行比较,并按移植肾状况和血压值再分别分组进行比较。结果:肾移植后ET-1值较对照组明显下降(P<0.05),NO值明显升高(P<0.01);急性排斥反应发生时,NO值较正常和慢性排斥反应者升高(P<0.01),而发生慢性排斥反应时,ET-1值较肾功能正常时明显升高(P<0.01)。高血压组的ET-1值较高而NO水平较低。结论:检测血中的ET-1和NO值有助于肾移植后排斥反应的诊断,且有利于指导护肾治疗。%Purpose:To investigate the clinical significance of endothelin(ET) and nitric oxide(NO) analysisin renal allograft recipients. Methods:Blood ET-1 and NO were measured in 32 cases of renal allograft recipients.Results:The ET-1 levels reduced( P<0.05) and NO levels rose( P<0.01) after renal transplantation. In pa-tients with acute rejection, the NO level was markedly higher than that in normal group and in chronic rejectiongroup( P<0.01). In patients with chronic rejection, the ET-1 level was higher than that in normal group( P<0.01). While the NO level was lower than that in patients with hypertension. Conclusions:The analysis of bloodET-1 and NO would be used to diagnose renal allograft rejection, and contribute to the anti-damage treatment ofgraft after renal transplantation.


    A. O. Shevchenko


    Full Text Available Allograft rejection would entail an increase in certain blood biomarkers and active substances derived from activated inflammatory cells which could influence entire vascular endothelial function and deteriorate arterial wall stiffness. We propose that carotid wall functional indices measured with non-invasive ultrasound could we valuable markers of the subclinical cardiac allograft rejection. Aim. Our goal was to analyze the clinical utility of functional common carotid wall (CCW variables measured with high-resolution Doppler ultrasound as a non-invasive screening tool for allograft rejection in cardiac transplant patients (pts. Methods. One hundred and seventy one pts included 93 cardiac recipients, 30 dilated cardiomyopathy waiting list pts, and 48 stable coronary artery disease (SCAD pts without decompensated heart failure were included. Along with resistive index (Ri, pulsative index (Pi, and CCW intima-media thickness (IMT, CCW rigidity index (iRIG was estimated using empirical equation. Non-invasive evaluation was performed in cardiac transplant recipients prior the endomyo- cardial biopsy. Results. Neither of Ri, Pi, or CCW IMT were different in studied subgroups. iRIG was signifi- cantly lower in SCAD pts when compared to the dilated cardiomyopathy subgroup. The later had similar values with cardiac transplant recipients without rejection. Antibody-mediated and cellular rejection were found in 22 (23.7% and 17 (18.3% cardiac recipients, respectively. Mean iRIG in pts without rejection was significantly lower in comparison to antibody-mediated rejection and cell-mediated (5514.7 ± 2404.0 vs 11856.1 ± 6643.5 and 16071.9 ± 10029.1 cm/sec2, respectively, p = 0.001. Area under ROC for iRIG was 0.90 ± 0.03 units2. Analysis showed that iRIG values above estimated treshold 7172 cm/sec2 suggested relative risk of any type of rejection 17.7 (95%CI = 6.3–49.9 sensitivity 80.5%, specificity – 81.1%, negative predictive value – 84

  6. Cardiac allograft acceptance after localized bone marrow transplantation by isolated limb perfusion in nonmyeloablated recipients.

    Askenasy, Nadir; Yolcu, Esma S; Shirwan, Haval; Wang, Zhiliang; Farkas, Daniel L; Yoleuk, Esma S


    Donor-specific tolerance to cardiac grafts may be induced by hematopoietic chimerism. This study evaluates the potential of localized bone marrow transplantation (BMT) performed by isolated limb (IL) perfusion to induce tolerance to secondary cardiac grafts without myeloablative conditioning. BALB/c recipients (H2d) preconditioned with lethal and sublethal doses of busulfan were injected i.v. and IL with 10(7) whole bone marrow cells (wBMCs) from B10 donors (H2(b)). Two hours after IL infusion of PKH-labeled wBMCs into myeloablated hosts, there were few labeled cells in the host peripheral blood (p < 0.001 versus i.v.) and femurs of the infused limb contained 57% +/- 7% PKH-labeled blasts (p < 0.001 versus 8% +/- 0.6% after i.v.). Femurs of the noninfused limbs contained 60-70 PKH-labeled blasts (p < 0.001 versus i.v.-BMT) after 2 days and 47% +/- 5% of 0.32 x 10(7) donor cells (p < 0.001 versus 78% +/- 4% of 1.2 x 10(7) donor cells in infused femurs) after 4 weeks. The survival rates of myeloablated hosts were 90% and 80% after i.v. and IL infusion, respectively, and the chimeras had 78%-84% donor peripheral blood cells. In recipients conditioned with 35 mg/g busulfan, the levels of donor chimerism in peripheral blood were 33% +/- 4% and 21% +/- 4% at 3 weeks after i.v.- and IL-BMT, respectively. Transplantation of donor-matched (H2(b)) secondary vascularized hearts in these chimeras after 3 weeks resulted in graft survival for periods exceeding 8 weeks, while third-party (H2(k)) allografts were acutely rejected (p < 0.001 versus H2(b)). These data indicate that IL perfusion is a reliable alternative procedure for establishment of hematopoietic chimerism and donor-specific tolerance without myeloablative conditioning.

  7. Diffusion tensor imaging and tractography for assessment of renal allograft dysfunction - initial results

    Hueper, Katja; Gutberlet, M.; Rodt, T.; Wacker, F.; Galanski, M.; Hartung, D. [Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hannover Medical School - Germany, Hannover (Germany); Gwinner, W. [Clinic for Nephrology, Hannover Medical School - Germany, Hannover (Germany); Lehner, F. [Clinic for General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery, Hannover Medical School - Germany, Hannover (Germany)


    To evaluate MR diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as non-invasive diagnostic tool for detection of acute and chronic allograft dysfunction and changes of organ microstructure. 15 kidney transplanted patients with allograft dysfunction and 14 healthy volunteers were examined using a fat-saturated echo-planar DTI-sequence at 1.5 T (6 diffusion directions, b = 0, 600 s/mm{sup 2}). Mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and mean fractional anisotropy (FA) were calculated separately for the cortex and for the medulla and compared between healthy and transplanted kidneys. Furthermore, the correlation between diffusion parameters and estimated GFR was determined. The ADC in the cortex and in the medulla were lower in transplanted than in healthy kidneys (p < 0.01). Differences were more distinct for FA, especially in the renal medulla, with a significant reduction in allografts (p < 0.001). Furthermore, in transplanted patients a correlation between mean FA in the medulla and estimated GFR was observed (r = 0.72, p < 0.01). Tractography visualized changes in renal microstructure in patients with impaired allograft function. Changes in allograft function and microstructure can be detected and quantified using DTI. However, to prove the value of DTI for standard clinical application especially correlation of imaging findings and biopsy results is necessary. (orig.)

  8. Preoperative preparation of high-risk, specifically hyperimmunized canine renal allograft recipients with total-lymphoid irradiation and cyclosporine

    Rapaport, F.T.; Meek, A.G.; Arnold, A.N.; Miura, S.; Hayashi, R.; Strober, S.


    Hyperimmunized subjects are a particularly high-risk and rapidly growing group in the patient population awaiting renal transplantation. In a search for methods designed to ameliorate the prognosis in such cases, dogs of defined DLA genotype were sensitized with DLA incompatible skin allografts and injections of buffy coat. Each recipient was challenged with a renal allograft bearing the same DLA incompatibilities. Five dogs received kidney transplants, without any other treatment, and rejected their transplants at 2.5, 4, 5, 6, and 6.5 days, respectively. Another four dogs were given a 9-11-week course (1760 +/- 35 cGy) of total-lymphoid irradiation (TLI), followed by rabbit antithymocyte globulin (ATG); these animals rejected their renal allografts at 7, 8, 14, and 17 days, respectively. Five other dogs were treated with TLI and received cyclosporine (CsA) and methylprednisolone (MPd) daily until graft rejection. Their renal allografts survived for 7.5, 8.5, 20, 62, and 227 days, respectively. Renal allografts placed in normal recipients under the same conditions of donor-recipient DLA incompatibility had a mean survival time of 12.4 days (range: 10-18 days). At the time of transplantation, the specific anti-DLA antibody titers in the recipients were 81 to 243 in the untreated dogs; 27 to 81 in the TLI-ATG-treated group, and 3 to 243 in the TLI-CsA/MPd-treated group. The titers fell within 24-48 hr after renal transplantation, to 3 to 81 in the untreated sensitized dogs; they were 3 to 9 in the TLI-ATG-treated group, and were 9 to 243 in the TLI-CsA/MPd treated group. The cytotoxic antibody titers reached postoperative peaks of 6500 to 200,000 in the untreated dogs; 729 to 6500 in the TLI-ATG-treated dogs, and 243 to 6500 in the TLI-CsA/MPd-treated recipients.

  9. Role of spleen in acute rejection of mice undergoing allogeneic liver transplantation%脾脏在小鼠同种肝移植排斥反应中的作用

    万赤丹; 黄韬; 勾善淼; 周静; 刘涛; 王春友


    目的 观察脾切除在小鼠同种肝移植急性排斥反应过程中的作用.方法 双袖套法建立小鼠原位肝移植模型,随机分为3组,即建模保留脾脏组、建模3 d后切除脾脏与建模同时切除脾脏组,各组于移植术后14 d处死,ELESA法测定血清IgM水平;肝功能检测采用速率法;流式细胞仪检测CD4与CD8T细胞亚群;并同时行肝脏及脾脏的病理形态观察.结果 建模保留脾脏组、建模3 d后切除脾脏与建模同时切除脾脏组血清IgM水平分别为3.0181±0.4627、3.0936±0.4559、3.1953±0.4449,各组间差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);ALT水平分别为108.6875±20.3657、83.0000±22.7799、76.8000±19.5784,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);AST水平分别为:105.3750±29.0583、93.0000±22.7799、93.2000±33.4220,各组间差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);CD46+/CD8+T细胞分别为:1.9162±0.2778、1.5654±0.4750、1.4616±0.2762,差异有统计学意义(P>0.05);3组肝脏间质及汇管区淋巴细胞浸润程度依次减弱,供肝灶状坏死程度逐渐减轻,在保留脾脏组中建模后第14天脾脏边缘区及淋巴鞘较建模同时切除的脾脏增宽.结论 在小鼠同种异体肝移植排斥反应中细胞免疫起主要作用,脾切除可部分抑制同种异体肝移植急性排斥反应,保护供体肝脏.%Objective To study the role of spleen in acute rejection of mice undergoing aUogeneie liver transplantation.Methods Orthotopic liver transplantation was performed from C57BL mice to KM mice by using a two-cuff teehinique.C57BL mice as receptors were divided into 3 groups by simple random method:Group A ( n = 18 ),transplantion without splenectomy; Group B ( n = 18),transplantion and splenectomy were done simultaneously; Group C ( n = 18 ) ,spleneetomy was done 3 days after liver transplantation.All mice were killed 14 days after liver transplantation.ALT,AST,IgM,subgroups of T cells,pathological changes of lvier and kidney were analyzed.Results There was

  10. Early subclinical rejection treated with low dose i.v. steroids is not associated to graft survival impairment: 13-years' experience at a single center.

    Gigliotti, Paolo; Lofaro, Danilo; Leone, Francesca; Papalia, Teresa; Senatore, Massimino; Greco, Rosita; Perri, Anna; Vizza, Donatella; Lupinacci, Simona; Toteda, Giuseppina; La Russa, Antonella; De Stefano, Roberto; Romeo, Francesco; Bonofiglio, Renzo


    Subclinical rejection (SCR) has been variably associated with reduced graft survival, development and progression of interstitial fibrosis/tubular atrophy and chronic allograft nephropathy, but data are controversial concerning SCR treatment in terms of graft survival improvement. In this single-center retrospective study, we enrolled 174 adult kidney transplant recipients with a protocol biopsy performed at 30 days after transplantation to evaluate the incidence rate and risk factors for early SCR and its impact on 10-year graft survival. Five patients showed primary non function and were excluded. Among 159/169 (94.08 %) patients with stable graft function who underwent protocol biopsy, 17 (10.7 %) showed signs of SCR and were treated with low-dose intravenous (i.v.) steroids. Ten patients showed functional impairment, 8 (4.73 %) resulting as acute rejection. At multivariate analysis, donor age [odds ratio (OR) 1.04, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.01-1.09], and delayed graft function (DGF) (OR 1.08, 95 % CI 1.03-1.12) were significantly associated with SCR. The 10-year graft survival rate in the SCR group was similar to that in the normal-findings group (76.5 vs. 74.9 % respectively; p = 0.61). At multivariate Cox regression, acute [hazard ratio (HR) 5.22, 95 % CI 1.70-16.01], but not sub-clinical, rejection was independently associated with long-term graft failure. In conclusion, early protocol biopsy is a useful and safe tool to detect early SCR which seems not to affect the long-term survival. We suggest that this could be, probably, linked to early SCR treatment with low dose i.v. steroids.

  11. [Lymphoid neogenesis and lymphangiogenesis: two newcomers in the pathophysiology of chronic rejection].

    Attuil-Audenis, Valérie; Duthey, Aurélie; Patey, Natacha; Gautreau, Chantal; McGregor, Brigitte; Morelon, Emmanuel; Michel, Jean-Baptiste; Nicoletti, Antonino; Thaunat, Olivier


    Chronic rejection is one of the main causes of late allograft failure and no therapy is currently available to prevent efficiently its development. Improving the comprehension of the mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of chronic rejection is a mandatory step to propose innovative therapies that would prolong grafts' survival. Using the rat aortic interposition model of chronic vascular rejection, we have demonstrated that the intragraft inflammatory infiltrate progressively organized itself into a functional ectopic lymphoid tissue (tertiary lymphoid organ) supporting the local synthesis of alloantibody. Thus, during chronic rejection the graft is at the same time the target and the site of elaboration of the humoral allo-immune response. This hypothesis has been confirmed in the clinical setting by the analysis of human grafts (kidneys, hearts and lungs) removed for terminal failure due to chronic rejection. This lymphoid neogenesis process, previously identified in other chronic inflammatory diseases, occurs with a strikingly high frequency in chronically rejected grafts, suggesting that an additional mechanism synergizes to initiate the development of tertiary lymphoid organs during chronic rejection. We propose that the defective lymphatic drainage of chronically rejected organs triggers lymphoid neogenesis and we discuss the complex crosstalk between lymphoid neogenesis and lymphangiogenesis that takes place during chronic rejection.

  12. Radiation sterilization of skin allograft

    Kairiyama, E.; Horak, C.; Spinosa, M.; Pachado, J.; Schwint, O.


    In the treatment of burns or accidental loss of skin, cadaveric skin allografts provide an alternative to temporarily cover a wounded area. The skin bank facility is indispensable for burn care. The first human skin bank was established in Argentina in 1989; later, 3 more banks were established. A careful donor selection is carried out according to the national regulation in order to prevent transmissible diseases. As cadaveric human skin is naturally highly contaminated, a final sterilization is necessary to reach a sterility assurance level (SAL) of 10 -6. The sterilization dose for 106 batches of processed human skin was determined on the basis of the Code of Practice for the Radiation Sterilization of Tissue Allografts: Requirements for Validation and Routine Control (2004) and ISO 11137-2 (2006). They ranged from 17.6 to 33.4 kGy for bioburdens of >10-162.700 CFU/100 cm 2. The presence of Gram negative bacteria was checked for each produced batch. From the analysis of the experimental results, it was observed that the bioburden range was very wide and consequently the estimated sterilization doses too. If this is the case, the determination of a tissue-specific dose per production batch is necessary to achieve a specified requirement of SAL. Otherwise if the dose of 25 kGy is preselected, a standardized method for substantiation of this dose should be done to confirm the radiation sterilization process.

  13. Allograft safety in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

    Cohen, Steven B; Sekiya, Jon K


    Allograft tissue seems to provide an excellent option for reconstruction of the ACL in the primary and revision setting. Although in general the risks of using allograft tissue in ACL reconstruction are low, the consequences of complications associated with disease or infection transmission or of recurrent instability secondary to graft failure are large. Surgeons should provide patients with the information available regarding allograft risks and should have thorough knowledge of the source and preparation of the grafts by their tissue bank before implantation for ACL reconstruction.

  14. Impaired Function of Peripherally Induced Regulatory T Cells in Hosts at High Risk of Graft Rejection.

    Inomata, Takenori; Hua, Jing; Di Zazzo, Antonio; Dana, Reza


    Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are crucial for allograft survival. Tregs can be divided into thymus-derived natural Tregs (tTregs) and peripherally-derived induced Tregs (pTregs). Here, we determine whether the suppressive function of Treg subsets is hampered in hosts who are at high risk for rejecting their graft. To induce graft beds that promote high risk of transplant rejection, intrastromal corneal sutures were placed two weeks prior to the transplant procedure in mice. We demonstrate that in high-risk recipients the frequencies and function of pTregs (but not tTregs) are suppressed. Reduced function of pTregs correlated with decreased expression of CTLA-4, interleukin-10, and transforming growth factor-β. Adoptive transfer of pTregs from mice at low risk of subsequent graft rejection is able to rescue graft survival in recipients that are at high risk of rejecting their grafts. Our data suggest that impaired function of pTregs, but not tTregs, mediates the loss of immune tolerance and promotes allograft rejection.

  15. Posttransplantation antibody mediated rejection: new insights into mechanism, treatment and protective strategies

    MAO You-ying; CHEN Jiang-hua


    @@ Acute antibody mediated rejection (AMR) is receiving more and more attention, which is mediated by different mechanisms from T cell mediated rejection, thereby requiring other approaches to prevention and treatment. Preexisting alloantibodies and pre-transplant sensitization are important risk factors for development of acute AMR early after renal transplantation.

  16. Effect of artesunate on acute rejection after small intestine transplantation in rats%青蒿琥酯对大鼠小肠移植急性排斥反应的作用

    于小迪; 王为忠; 焦婕英; 郑建勇; 赵正维


    BACKGROUND:As the potent, specific immunosuppressants emerge, the survival rate after intestinal transplantation is improved to some extent. However, the adverse effects of immunosuppressants and expensive treatment costs are not tolerable for many patients. Therefore, it is clinical y meaningful to choose traditional Chinese medicine which presents immunosuppressive effects. Artesunate has immune suppression effect, reduces acute rejection fol owing smal intestine transplantation, and improves the success rate of smal intestine transplantation. OBJECTIVE:To observe the effect and action mechanism of artesunate in acute rejection after smal intestine transplantation in rats. METHODS:Al ogeneic smal intestine transplantation models were established in the closed group of Sprague-Dawley rats and Wistar rats, and then were randomly divided into three groups, syngenic transplantation group (SD→SD), al ogeneic transplantation group (Wistar→SD), and artesunate treatment group (Wistar→SD+artesunate 60 mg/kg per day, intraperitoneal injection). RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Rats in syngenic transplantation group survived for more than 10 days and they were al kil ed on day 10. The average survival of rats in al ogeneic transplantation group and artesunate treatment group was respectively (6.73±0.58) days and (8.50±0.74) days, with significant differences between the two groups (P0.05), serum interferon-gamma expression level in treatment group was higher than syngenic transplantation group (P  目的:观察青蒿琥酯在大鼠小肠移植急性排斥反应中的作用及其机制。  方法:选用封闭群SD大鼠和Wistar大鼠建立同种异基因小肠移植模型,随机分为3组:①同基因移植组(SD→SD)。②异基因移植组(Wistar→SD)。③异基因移植+青蒿琥酯治疗组(Wistar→SD+青蒿琥酯60 mg/(kg•d),腹腔注射)。  结果与结论:同基因移植组大鼠存活均超过10 d,并于第10天全部处死。异基

  17. Effects of acute rejection vs new-onset diabetes after transplant on transplant outcomes in pediatric kidney recipients: analysis of the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) database.

    Mehrnia, Alireza; Le, Thuy X; Tamer, Tamer R; Bunnapradist, Suphamai


    Improving long-term transplant and patient survival is still an ongoing challenge in kidney transplant medicine. Our objective was to identify the subsequent risks of new-onset diabetes after transplant (NODAT) and acute rejection (AR) in the first year post-transplant in predicting mortality and transplant failure. A total of 4687 patients without preexisting diabetes (age 2-20 years, 2004-2010) surviving with a functioning transplant for longer than 1 year with at least one follow-up report were identified from the OPTN/UNOS database as of September 2014. Study population was stratified into four mutually exclusive groups: Group 1, patients with a history of AR; Group 2, NODAT+; Group 3, NODAT+ AR+; and Group 4, the reference group (neither). Multivariate regression was used to analyze the relative risks for the outcomes of transplant failure and mortality. The median follow-up time was 1827 days after 1 year post-transplant. AR was associated with an increased risk of adjusted graft and death-censored graft failure (HR 2.87, CI 2.48-3.33, P < .001 and HR 2.11, CI 1.81-2.47, P < .001), respectively. NODAT and AR were identified in 3.5% and 14.5% of all study patients, respectively. AR in the first year post-transplant was a major risk factor for overall and death-censored graft failure, but not mortality. However, NODAT was not a risk factor on graft survival or mortality.

  18. Immature CD4+ dendritic cells conditioned with donor kidney antigen prolong renal allograft survival in rats

    WANG Tao; XU Lin; LI Heng; HUANG Zheng-yu; ZHANG Sheng-ping; MIAO Bin; NA Ning


    Background AIIogeneic transplant rejection is currently a major problem encountered during organ transplantation.The dendritic cell (DC) is the most effective powerful known professional antigen-presenting cell,and recent studies have found that DCs can also induce immune tolerance,and avoid or reduce the degree of transplant rejection.The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of transfused immature CD4+ DCs on renal allografts in the rat model.Methods In this study,we induced CD4+ immature DCs from rat bone marrow cells by a cytokine cocktail.The immature CD4+ DCs were identified by morphological analysis and then the suppressive activity of these cells conditioned with donor kidney antigen was evaluated in vitro and in vivo.Results Immature CD4+ DCs conditioned with donor kidney antigen possessed immunosuppressive activity in vitro and they were able to prolong renal transplant survival in an allograft rat model in vivo.Conclusions Our study provides new information on efficacious renal transplantation,which might be useful for understanding the function of immature CD4+ DCs in modulating renal transplant rejection and improving clinical outcome in future studies.

  19. Specific unresponsiveness to skin allografts in burns.

    Clark, G T; Moon, D J; Cunningham, P R; Johnson, T D; Thomas, J M; Thomas, F T


    We have examined the potential to provide long-term or even permanent wound coverage in a mouse model of a 30% total body surface area burn using skin allografts. Treatment of the recipient mouse with rabbit anti-mouse thymocyte serum (ATS) followed by donor bone marrow infusion induces a state of specific unresponsiveness to the skin allograft without the need for chronic immunosuppression. Specifically, a B6AF1 mouse receives a burn on Day -2 relative to grafting, ATS on Day -1, and Day +2, a skin allograft from a C3H/He mouse on Day 0, and infusion of C3H/He donor bone marrow on Day +6. We studied three groups of burned mice: Group I, allograft control (n = 5); Group II, allograft plus ATS (n = 12); and Group III, allograft plus ATS and bone marrow infusion (n = 15). Mean graft survival was compared using a one-way analysis of variance and a Student-Newman-Keuls post hoc test. There was no statistical difference in animal mortality among any of the three groups, and there was no evidence of infectious morbidity. Mean skin allograft survival was as follows: Group I, 9 days; Group II, 29 days; and Group III, 66 days (P less than 0.05 vs Group I and II). Nine animals in Group III had intact hair bearing grafts at 90 days when the study was terminated. This study suggests the potential use of induced specific unresponsiveness to skin allografts for wound coverage in thermal injury without use of chronic immunosuppression. In our animal study this was accomplished without increased mortality or apparent infectious morbidity.

  20. Immunosuppression in the elderly renal allograft recipient

    Montero, Nuria; Pérez-Sáez, María José; Pascual, Julio


    avoidance using mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). Observational cohort studies looked at different antibody induction strategies, calcineurin-inhibitors based maintenance immunosuppression, calcineurin-inhibitor-free sirolimus-based therapy and use of MMF versus azathioprine. Treatment with interleukin-2...... receptor antibody induction, calcineurin-inhibitor minimization with MMF and steroid minimization is advisable in the low immunologic risk elderly recipient, considering the increased risk of toxicities, infection and malignancies. In the high immunologic risk elderly recipient, taking into account...... the morbid consequences of acute rejection in the elderly, observational studies support antibody induction with depletive antibodies, calcineurin-inhibitor, MMF and steroids; calcineurin-inhibitor-minimization is not recommended. CONCLUSIONS: There is very limited evidence for the benefits and harms...

  1. Monitorização seqüencial do transplante renal com citologia aspirativa Aspiration citology in the sequential monitorization of kidney allografts

    R.C. Manfro


    and the number of immunoactivated cells were higher during acute rejection as compared to normal allograft function, acute tubular necrosis, and cyclosporine nephrotoxicity. The parameters to the diagnosis of acute rejection were: sensitivity: 71.8%, specificity: 87.3%, positive predictive value: 50.9%, negative predictive value: 94.9% and accuracy 84.9%. The false positive results were mainly related to cytomegalovirus infection or to the administration of OKT3. In 10 out of 11 false negative results incipient immunoactivation was present alerting to the possibility of acute rejection. CONCLUSIONS: Kidney aspiration cytology is a useful tool for the sequential monitorization of acute rejection in renal transplant patients. The best results are reached when the results of aspiration cytology are analyzed with the clinical data.

  2. Multiprocessor scheduling with rejection

    Bartal, Y. [Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel); Leonardi, S.; Marchetti-Spaccamela, A. [Universita di Roma (Italy); Sgall, J. [Mathematical Inst., Zitna (Czechoslovakia)] [and others


    We consider a version of multiprocessor scheduling with the special feature that jobs may be rejected for a certain penalty. An instance of the problem is given by m identical parallel machines and a set of n jobs, each job characterized by a processing time and a penalty. In the on-line version the jobs arrive one by one and we have to schedule or reject a job before we have any information about future jobs. The objective is to minimize the makespan of the schedule for accepted jobs plus the sum of the penalties of rejected jobs. The main result is a 1 + {phi} {approx} 2.618 competitive algorithm for the on-line version of the problem, where 0 is the golden ratio. A matching lower bound shows that this is the best possible algorithm working for all m. For fixed m we give improved bounds, in particular for m = 2 we give an optimal {phi} {approx} 1.618 competitive algorithm. For the off-line problem we present a fully polynomial approximation scheme for fixed m and an approximation algorithm which runs in time O(n log n) for arbitrary m and guarantees 2 - 1/m approximation ratio.

  3. Renal cortical infarction following treatment with sumatriptan in a kidney allograft recipient.

    Sharma, Shree G; Post, Jarrod B; Herlitz, Leal C; Markowitz, Glen


    Renal cortical infarction is a rare cause of acute kidney injury that results from inadequate blood flow to the kidney, most commonly as a consequence of thrombotic or embolic occlusion of the renal artery or profound hypoperfusion. We report the case of a 78-year-old female kidney transplant recipient who developed a migraine headache, took sumatriptan, and soon after developed pain over the allograft and oligoanuric acute kidney injury. Kidney allograft biopsy showed renal cortical infarction. The mechanism of action of sumatriptan involves vasoconstriction, which counters the vasodilatation that is central to the pathogenesis of migraines. This case raises important questions regarding the safety of triptans with calcineurin inhibitors (which also act to vasoconstrict), particularly in elderly patients.

  4. Cyclosporine-induced renal dysfunction in human renal allograft recipients.

    Kiberd, B A


    Cyclosporine-treated renal allograft recipients frequently suffer CsA-related nephrotoxicity and hypertension. This study demonstrates that glomerular filtration rate is reduced acutely by 13% (P less than 0.02) and renal vascular resistance increased by 30% (P less than 0.05), immediately after patients take their CsA dose. The reduction in GFR is directly related to their trough CsA level (r = 0.82; P less than 0.01). The lower the trough CsA level the greater the fall in GFR after the CsA dose. Plasma renin activity does not increase after the CsA dose (pre-CsA 0.6 +/- 0.2 ng/L/sec vs. post-CsA 0.4 +/- 0.1 ng/L/sec; P = NS), and therefore cannot be responsible for the reduction in renal function. Short-term nifedipine treatment is effective in preventing the acute reduction in GFR (P less than 0.05). This occurred despite no apparent effect of nifedipine in altering trough or post-dose CsA levels. Furthermore nifedipine was effective in lowering both the mean arterial blood pressure (109 mmHg to 94 mmHg; P less than 0.01) and the elevated renal vascular resistance (25% reduction; P less than 0.02) observed in these patients. These results suggest that nifedipine may be a suitable agent for limiting acute CsA nephrotoxicity and for treating CsA-associated hypertension in renal allograft recipients.

  5. The 2013 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Working Formulation for the standardization of nomenclature in the pathologic diagnosis of antibody-mediated rejection in heart transplantation

    Berry, Gerald J; Burke, Margaret M; Andersen, Claus Yding


    During the last 25 years, antibody-mediated rejection of the cardiac allograft has evolved from a relatively obscure concept to a recognized clinical complication in the management of heart transplant patients. Herein we report the consensus findings from a series of meetings held between 2010-20...

  6. Effect of immune protection of heart allograft in mice induced by immune escape mechanism of trichinella spiralis%旋毛虫免疫逃避机制对诱导小鼠移植心脏免疫保护作用的影响

    邓庚国; 卢新军; 马毅; 廖冰; 陈颖华; 王国栋; 何晓顺


    Objective To observe the effect of immune protection of heart allograft in mice induced by immune escape mechanism of trichinella spiralis,and explore new and potential ways against acute rejection in clinic.Methods The heterotopic cardiac transplantation models were divided into three groups:rejection group,treatment group,and isograft group.Mean survival time was measured.Twenty-eight days before transplantation,recipients (C57BL/6) of rejection group were orally infected with 300 muscle larvae,and donors were untreated.Hearts in each group were harvested on the day 7 post-transplantation for pathological observation.Proportion of CD4 +,CD8 + T cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs) was detected by flow cytometry.Results As compared with rejection group (11 days),survival of allografts was significantly prolonged in treatment group (24 days) (P < 0.01),alleviated pathologic signd were observed,and proportion of CD8 + T cells (36.6%) was reduced (48.8%,P < 0.01),but there was no significant difference in CD4 + T cells between treatment group and rejection group.Meanwhile,proportion of Tregs in treatment group (16.9%) was significantly higher than in rejection group (10.8%,P < 0.05).Conclusion Trichinella spiralis infection lowered the proportion of CD8 + T cells,augmented Tregs frequency,and alleviated acute rejection of heterotopic cardiac transplantation in mice,which immunologically protected mice heart allograft.%目的 观察旋毛虫免疫逃避机制对诱导小鼠移植心脏免疫保护作用的影响,探讨可应用于临床的新抗排斥途径.方法 小鼠心脏移植术前28 d,实验组每只受体小鼠(C57 BL/6)以300条旋毛虫肌幼虫经口感染,供体小鼠(BALB/c)未感染,同时设立急性排斥反应组以及同系移植对照组,观察各组移植心脏的存活时间.术后第7天获取供心并观察移植物排斥病理学改变,流式细胞术检测受体脾脏淋巴细胞中CD4+、CD8+T淋巴细胞和调

  7. Heat rejection system

    Smith, Gregory C.; Tokarz, Richard D.; Parry, Jr., Harvey L.; Braun, Daniel J.


    A cooling system for rejecting waste heat consists of a cooling tower incorporating a plurality of coolant tubes provided with cooling fins and each having a plurality of cooling channels therein, means for directing a heat exchange fluid from the power plant through less than the total number of cooling channels to cool the heat exchange fluid under normal ambient temperature conditions, means for directing water through the remaining cooling channels whenever the ambient temperature rises above the temperature at which dry cooling of the heat exchange fluid is sufficient and means for cooling the water.

  8. Nonmyeloablative allografting for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma: the experience of the Gruppo Italiano Trapianti di Midollo

    Rotta, Marcello; Patriarca, Francesca; Mattei, Daniele; Allione, Bernardino; Carnevale-Schianca, Fabrizio; Sorasio, Roberto; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Casini, Marco; Parma, Matteo; Bavaro, Pasqua; Onida, Francesco; Busca, Alessandro; Castagna, Luca; Benedetti, Edoardo; Iori, Anna Paola; Giaccone, Luisa; Palumbo, Antonio; Corradini, Paolo; Fanin, Renato; Maloney, David; Storb, Rainer; Baldi, Ileana; Ricardi, Umberto; Boccadoro, Mario


    Despite recent advances, allografting remains the only potential cure for myeloma. From July 1999 to June 2005, 100 newly diagnosed patients younger than 65 years were enrolled in a prospective multicenter study. First-line treatment included vincristin, adriamycin, and dexamethasone (VAD)–based induction chemotherapy, a cytoreductive autograft (melphalan 200 mg/m2) followed by a single dose of nonmyeloablative total body irradiation and allografting from an human leukocyte antigen (HLA)–identical sibling. Primary end points were the overall survival (OS) and event-free survival (EFS) from diagnosis. After a median follow-up of 5 years, OS was not reached, and EFS was 37 months. Incidences of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) were 38% and 50%, respectively. Complete remission (CR) was achieved in 53% of patients. Profound cytoreduction (CR or very good partial remission) before allografting was associated with achievement of posttransplantation CR (hazard ratio [HR] 2.20, P = .03) and longer EFS (HR 0.33, P < .01). Conversely, development of chronic GVHD was not correlated with CR or response duration. This tandem transplantation approach allows prolonged survival and long-term disease control in patients with reduced tumor burden at the time of allografting. We are currently investigating the role of “new drugs” in intensifying pretransplantation cytoreduction and posttransplantation graft-versus-myeloma effects to further improve clinical outcomes. (; NCT-00702247.) PMID:19064724

  9. Genetics and Epigenetics of Chronic Allograft Dysfunction in Kidney Transplants.

    Zununi Vahed, Sepideh; Samadi, Nasser; Mostafidi, Elmira; Ardalan, Mohammad Reza; Omidi, Yadollah


    Chronic allograft dysfunction is the most common cause of allograft lost. Chronic allograft dysfunction happens as a result of complex interactions at the molecular and cellular levels. Genetic and environmental factors both influence the evolution and progression of the chronic allograft dysfunction. Epigenetic modification could be considered as a therapeutically modifiable element to pause the fibrosis process through novel strategies. In this review, the PubMed database was searched for English-language articles on these new areas.

  10. Changes of soluble interleukin-2 receptor and high sensitivity C-reactive protein in renal allograft recipients%肾移植受者血清可溶性白介素-2受体和超敏C反应蛋白变化研究

    陈连周; 王东; 王长希; 曾文涛; 李雯; 汪谦


    Objective To observe the changes of soluble interleukin-2 receptor(slL-2R) and high sensitivity C-reactive (hs-CRP) protein in renal allograft recipients and its relationship with rejective response of renal allograft. Methods The concentration of sIL-2R and hs-CRP were detected in 91 patients with renal allograft recipients and 100 health controls. CRP was measured by particle enhanced immuo-turbidimetric method, sIL-2R was detected by ELISA. Results The concentration of sIL-2R and hs-CRP in the recipients with acute rejec-tion was significantly higher than those without graft rejection and health controls. The concentration of hs-CRP in the recipients with chronic rejection was higher than those without graft rejection and health controls. There was no evidence of significant changes in the concentration of sIL-2R and hs-CRP between the health control group and the recipients without graft rejection. Conclusion slL-2R and hs-CRP might play an important role in graft rejection. The measurement of sIL-2R and hs-CRP is important for the diagnosis of graft rejection.%目的 探讨肾移植患者血清中可溶性白介素_2受体(sIL-2R)、超敏C反应蛋白(hs-CRP)表达水平的变化,了解其在移植排斥反应中的临床意义.方法 测定91例肾移植患者血清及1130名正常体检人员的血清中slL-2R和hs-CRP浓度.使用乳胶增强免疫透射比浊检测hs-CRP,同时采用酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测可溶性白介素-2受体(sIL-2R)的表达水平.结果 急性排斥组sIL-2R和超敏C反应蛋白表达水平均显著高于肾功能稳定组及正常对照组,慢排组超敏C反应蛋白表达水平高于肾功能稳定组及正常对照组,肾功能稳定组可溶性白介素-2受体、hs-CRP的表达水平与正常对照组比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 监测sIL-2R和超敏C反应蛋白的表达水平有助于肾移植排斥反应的诊断.

  11. Immediate retransplantation for pancreas allograft thrombosis.

    Hollinger, E F; Powelson, J A; Mangus, R S; Kazimi, M M; Taber, T E; Goble, M L; Fridell, J A


    Early pancreas allograft failure most commonly results from thrombosis and requires immediate allograft pancreatectomy. Optimal timing for retransplantation remains undefined. Immediate retransplantation facilitates reuse of the same anatomic site before extensive adhesions have formed. Some studies suggest that early retransplantation is associated with a higher incidence of graft loss. This study is a retrospective review of immediate pancreas retransplants performed at a single center. All cases of pancreas allograft loss within 2 weeks were examined. Of 228 pancreas transplants, 12 grafts were lost within 2 weeks of surgery. Eleven of these underwent allograft pancreatectomy for thrombosis. One suffered anoxic brain injury and was not a retransplantation candidate, one was retransplanted at 3.5 months and nine patients underwent retransplantation 1-16 days following the original transplant. Of the nine early retransplants, one pancreas was lost to heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, one recipient died with function at 2.9 years and the other grafts continue to function at 76-1137 days (mean 572 days). One-year graft survival for early retransplantation was 89% compared to 91% for all pancreas transplants at our center. Immediate retransplantation following pancreatic graft thrombosis restores durable allograft function with outcomes comparable to first-time pancreas transplantation.

  12. 移植肾BCL-2及UCHL1的表达及临床意义%The expression of BCL-2 and UCHL1 in renal allografts and clinical implication

    陈光富; 李炎唐; 赵海潞; 洪宝发; 肖序仁


    Objective To study the relationship between apoptosis and rejection, expression of BCL-2 and UCHL1. Methyls The pathologic specimens of failed renal grafts from operation in 10 patients served as experimental group, and the corresponding biospy tissue before transplantation as control group.The expression of BCL-2 and UCHL1 in renal allografts was detected by using imrnunohistochernical staining technique in 6 cases of acute rejection, 3 cases of chronic rejection, and 1 case of cytomegalovirus infection. And the morphological changes were observed in the tissue sections. Results In control group,the expression of BCL-2 in more than 50% tubules was positive, but significantly decreased in th