David Wojciechowski

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW In June 2011 the US Food and Drug Administration approved belatacept (Nulojix; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, USA) for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in adult kidney transplant recipients. This review will discuss the use of belatacept for the prevention of acute rejection as part of a maintenance immunosuppression(More)
Hypertension is a major cardiovascular risk factor but most patients remain asymptomatic for many years. Successful therapy not only needs to be effective, it also needs to be well tolerated. beta-blockers are well established as effective antihypertensive agents. However, one major drawback to the currently available beta-blockers, particularly the(More)
BACKGROUND Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common after kidney transplantation, with limited data to guide antibiotic prophylaxis. METHODS Retrospective single-center study comparing sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim 800/160 mg (SMZ/TMP) daily for 30 days followed by Monday, Wednesday, Friday for an additional 5 months (Group 1) versus SMZ/TMP Monday,(More)
Signaling through the costimulatory pathway is critical in the regulation of T cell activation. Abatacept, a selective costimulatory antagonist FDA approved for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, binds to CD80 and CD86 on antigen presenting cells, blocking the interaction with CD28 on T cells. Belatacept, a second generation CTLA4-Ig(More)
BACKGROUND BK polyomavirus (BKV) infection remains a significant cause of nephropathy and graft loss. Fluoroquinolones inhibit BKV replication in vitro, and small studies suggest in vivo benefit. A strategy of fluoroquinolone prophylaxis directed specifically against BKV has not been formally tested against a control group in kidney transplant recipients.(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW This review will discuss the mechanism of action and important clinical trial data in renal transplantation for the small molecule Janus kinase (JAK) 3 inhibitor tofacitinib, formerly known as CP-690,550 and tasocitinib. RECENT FINDINGS JAKs are cytoplasmic tyrosine kinases that participate in the signaling of a broad range of cell(More)
INTRODUCTION This review will discuss the mechanism of action and important kidney transplant clinical trial data for the small molecule Janus kinase (JAK) 3 inhibitor tofacitinib , formerly known as CP-690,550 and tasocitinib. AREAS COVERED Successful kidney transplantation requires adequate immunosuppression. Current maintenance immunosuppressive(More)
Type 1 hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) is characterized by rapid deterioration of renal function. We sought to assess native kidney function after combined kidney-liver transplant (CLKTx) performed for type 1 HRS. We performed a retrospective, cross-sectional, single-center study. All patients with Type 1 HRS who received a CLKTx at the University of California,(More)
Belatacept is a novel immunosuppressant that blocks a T-cell costimulation pathway and is approved for use in adult kidney transplant recipients. Its safety and efficacy have not been established after lung transplantation. We present a case of a lung transplant recipient treated with belatacept. A 56-year-old man underwent bilateral lung retransplantation(More)
In June 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration approved belatacept for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in adult kidney transplant recipients. This review discusses the use of belatacept for the prevention of acute rejection as part of a maintenance immunosuppression regimen. Belatacept is a selective costimulation blocker designed to provide effective(More)