Arcangelo Nocera

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The emerging role of humoral immunity in the pathogenesis of chronic allograft damage has prompted research aimed at assessing the role of anti-HLA antibody (Ab) monitoring as a tool to predict allograft outcome. Data on the natural history of allografts in children developing de novo Ab after transplantation are limited. Utilizing sera collected(More)
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is a newly discovered herpes virus found in all forms of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) including KS among immunosuppressed transplant patients. It is unknown whether this virus is transmitted by organ transplantation or is reactivated during immunosuppression among those patients infected before transplantation. To(More)
Alloantibody-mediated graft injury is a major cause of kidney dysfunction and loss. The complement-binding ability of de novo donor-specific antibodies (dnDSAs) has been suggested as a prognostic tool to stratify patients for clinical risk. In this study, we analyzed posttransplant kinetics of complement-fixing dnDSAs and their role in antibody-mediated(More)
The treatment of EBV-associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) poses a considerable challenge. Efforts have been made to define regimens based on combination of the available therapeutic agents, chosen and tailored on a patient-by-patient basis, with the aim of augmenting event-free patient and graft survival. Recently, autologous(More)
From June 1985 to December 1998, 173 pediatric renal transplants were carried out in 170 patients at our center. From this pool, 73 patients (34 males and 39 females) with a follow-up of 48 months were examined. In all patients, ureteroneocystostomy was performed according to the Lich-Grégoire procedure. All patients were treated with cyclosporin A(More)
This paper reports the case of a patient with an abnormally expanded population of circulating lymphoid cells displaying the features of the so-called large granular lymphocytes (LGL). These cells were peroxidase negative and nonphagocytic, formed rosettes with sheep erythrocytes, had receptors for IgG, and contained azurophilic (electron-dense) granules.(More)
BACKGROUND Although a growing body of literature regarding polyoma BK virus (BKV) infection and associated interstitial nephritis in kidney-allograft recipients is becoming available, the impact of BKV infection in the pediatric population has not been fully evaluated. METHODS In a retrospective analysis, we performed polymerase chain reaction (PCR)(More)
Forty-one sera of patients with IDDM (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus) containing complement-fixing islet cell antibodies were analyzed for their ability to activate TCC (terminal complement complex). Eighteen sera were found to promote deposition of TCC on human islets of pancreatic cryostat sections with a nonhomogeneous pattern of distribution(More)