Learn More
Immunosuppressive drugs can be completely withdrawn in up to 20% of liver transplant recipients, commonly referred to as 'operationally' tolerant. Immune characterization of these patients, however, has not been performed in detail, and we lack tests capable of identifying tolerant patients among recipients receiving maintenance immunosuppression. In the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the respective impact of surgical and immunologic factors on patient/graft outcome and rejection after pediatric liver transplantation. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) constitutes a validated therapeutic modality for acute liver failure and end-stage liver disease in children. Only a few large studies of(More)
Hepatocyte transplantation is an investigational alternative to orthotopic liver transplantation to treat liver based inborn errors of metabolism. We report successful hepatocyte transplantation in a 4-year-old girl with infantile Refsum disease. Hepatocytes were isolated from the left liver segment of two male donors using a classic two-step perfusion(More)
AIMS This prospective study investigated the effect of genetic polymorphisms in a biotransformation enzyme (CYP3A5) and a transporter protein (ABCB1) on tacrolimus (Tac) whole blood concentrations in renal transplantation, and more specifically on peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) drug concentrations, after renal transplantation. MATERIALS &(More)
Cytokine deviation may be a factor contributing to graft acceptance. We analyze, in the context of liver transplantation, circulating cytokine levels and their mRNA precursors in liver biopsy samples to study a putative correlation with early immunologic outcome. Forty primary pediatric liver recipients were submitted to a prospective immune monitoring(More)
BACKGROUND The elimination of circulating anti-porcine preformed antibodies is crucial for avoiding hyperacute vascular rejection (HAVR) of primarily vascularized xenograft in discordant pig to baboon model. Previously described methods used for eliminating natural antibodies, however, constantly removed both anti-porcine IgM and IgG antibodies, as well as(More)
Cord blood (CB) transplantations are associated with low graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The pathophysiology of GVHD involves interaction and activation of different cell types, as lymphocytes and monocytes, and results in a cascade of cytokine production. After antigen or mitogen stimulation, CB monocytes release lower levels of cytokines than adult(More)
We have previously described the cloning and sequencing of a gene portion coding for the terminal part of a 34-kDa protein of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, the etiological agent of Johne's disease (P. Gilot, M. De Kesel, L. Machtelinckx, M. Coene, and C. Cocito, J. Bacteriol. 175:4930-4935, 1993). The recombinant polypeptide (a362) carries(More)