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Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) provides the ability to evaluate donor lungs before transplantation. Yet, limited prospective clinical data exist with regard to its potential to recondition unacceptable donor lungs. This paper summarizes the results of a prospective study of lung transplantation using only initially unacceptable donor lungs, which were(More)
In lung transplant recipients (LuTRs), human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) DNAemia may be associated with HCMV disease and reduced survival of the allograft. Because T cells are essential for controlling HCMV replication, we investigated in this prospective study whether the kinetics of plasma HCMV DNA loads in LuTRs are associated with HCMV-specific CD8+ T cell(More)
BACKGROUND Estimating the prognosis in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) remains challenging. Thus, the prognostic relevance of Ki67 was studied in MPM. METHODS Ki67 index was determined in a test cohort of 187 cases from three centres. The percentage of Ki67-positive tumour cells was correlated with clinical variables and overall survival (OS). The(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) causes significant morbidity in lung transplant recipients (LTRs). The clinical effects of HCMV replication are determined partly by a type 1 T-helper cell (Th1) response. Because the chemokine interferon-inducible protein of 10 kilodaltons (IP-10, CXCL-10) induces a Th1 response, we investigated whether HCMV triggers IP-10 in(More)
In lung transplant recipients (LTRs), human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) DNAaemia could be associated with HCMV disease and reduced allograft survival. In the present study we analysed whether or not HCMV-specific granzyme B (Grz-B) responses indicating CD8(+) T cell cytotoxicity exert an impact on HCMV DNAaemia and relate to specific interferon (IFN)-γ(More)
Induction therapy with alemtuzumab followed by lower maintenance immunosuppression (IS) has been associated with reduced morbidity and mortality in abdominal and heart transplantation (TX). In the current study, alemtuzumab, in combination with reduced levels of maintenance IS, was compared to thymoglobulin in combination with standard IS. Sixty consecutive(More)
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