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BACKGROUND Thymoglobulin, a rabbit anti-human thymocyte globulin, was compared with Atgam, a horse anti-human thymocyte globulin for the treatment of acute rejection after renal transplantation. METHODS A multicenter, double-blind, randomized trial with enrollment stratification based on standardized histology (Banff grading) was conducted. Subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare outcomes with early corticosteroid withdrawal (CSWD) and chronic low dose corticosteroid therapy (CCS). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Final, 5-year results from the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of early CSWD (at 7 days posttransplant) are presented. METHODS Adult recipients of deceased and living donor kidney(More)
Complications of OKT3 therapy were studied in 122 treatment episodes in renal allograft recipients (83 for rejection treatment, 39 for immunosuppression induction). A febrile first-dose reaction to OKT3 was common; no severe pulmonary complications were encountered. Other toxicities of OKT3 therapy were observed later in the treatment course. Most severe(More)
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is an inflammatory cytokine that may be an important mediator in the development of the systemic sequelae associated with severe acute pancreatitis. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the neutralization of TNF-alpha with a polyclonal antibody could ameliorate selected biochemical parameters of severe pancreatitis(More)
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is characterized by release of proteolytic enzymes from the pancreas and a powerful inflammatory cytokine cascade that mediates the systemic manifestations and contributes to the mortality of the disease. The purpose of this study was to examine a potential link between pancreatic proteolytic enzymes, which are increased in AP, and(More)
BACKGROUND A report from a high-volume single center indicated a survival benefit of receiving a kidney transplant from an HLA-incompatible live donor as compared with remaining on the waiting list, whether or not a kidney from a deceased donor was received. The generalizability of that finding is unclear. METHODS In a 22-center study, we estimated the(More)
Islet transplantation is limited by islet graft failure due to poor revascularization, host immune rejection and nonspecific inflammatory response. Delivery of human vascular endothelial growth factor (hVEGF) gene to the islets is likely to promote islet revascularization and survival. We used a bicistronic adenoviral vector encoding hVEGF and CpG-free(More)
INTRODUCTION Breast cancer is no longer seen as a single disease but rather a multifaceted disease composed of distinct biological subtypes with diverse natural history, clinical, pathological, and molecular features. Recent attention has been directed at the molecular classification of breast cancer. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prognostic value of(More)
Data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients offer a unique and comprehensive view of US trends in kidney and pancreas waiting list characteristics and outcomes, transplant recipient and donor characteristics, and patient and allograft survival. Important findings from our review of developments during 2002 and the decade's transplantation(More)
Incompatible live donor kidney transplantation (ILDKT) offers a survival advantage over dialysis to patients with anti-HLA donor-specific antibody (DSA). Program-specific reports (PSRs) fail to account for ILDKT, placing this practice at regulatory risk. We collected DSA data, categorized as positive Luminex, negative flow crossmatch (PLNF) (n = 185),(More)