Donald E. Hricik

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BACKGROUND Patients with diabetes have increased risk for adverse cardiovascular events. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors are protective in type 1 diabetes. However, no definitive studies have examined the use of angiotensin-receptor blockers in patients with type 2 diabetes and overt nephropathy. The primary outcomes of the Irbesartan Diabetic(More)
While matching for MHC Ags improves renal allograft survival, closely matched grafts sometimes fail due to rejection, and poorly matched allografts are often well tolerated by the recipient. The severity of the rejection process may partially depend on the presence of environmentally primed T cells in the recipient that cross-react with donor Ags. To test(More)
Elevated arterial pressure enhances the risk for cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with diabetic nephropathy. The optimal BP and the component of the elevated BP that affect the risk have not been defined. A post hoc analysis was performed to assess the impact of achieved systolic, diastolic, and pulse pressures on CV outcomes in 1590 adults who had(More)
BACKGROUND The standard test for the diagnosis of acute rejection in kidney transplants is the renal biopsy. Noninvasive tests would be preferable. METHODS We prospectively collected 4300 urine specimens from 485 kidney-graft recipients from day 3 through month 12 after transplantation. Messenger RNA (mRNA) levels were measured in urinary cells and(More)
BACKGROUND Prospective randomized trials have shown a reduced rate of acute rejection (AR) in mycophenolate mofetil-treated kidney transplant recipients. We hypothesized that this increased protection from AR could allow successful prednisone (P) withdrawal in cyclosporine/mycophenolate mofetil/P-treated recipients. METHODS A multicenter, prospective,(More)
Data from seven randomized, prospective trials were pooled to determine the effect of steroid-free immunosuppression on allograft survival, patient survival, and the incidence of acute allograft rejection in renal transplant recipients receiving cyclosporine-based maintenance immunosuppression. Six of the seven trials incorporated into this analysis(More)
BACKGROUND Sirolimus (Rapamune; SRL) in combination with cyclosporine (CsA) reduces the incidence of acute rejection episodes in renal allograft recipients. This study evaluated whether renal function could be improved by elimination of CsA from an SRL-based regimen. METHODS This phase 2, open-label, controlled, randomized study was conducted at 17(More)
Plasma and tissue concentrations of pentose-derived glycation end-products ("pentosidine") are elevated in diabetic patients with normal renal function and in both diabetic and nondiabetic patients with end-stage renal disease. To determine the influence of dialysis modality and other clinical variables on the accumulation of pentosidine, we used(More)
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP), an autosomal dominant disorder, results from a deficiency of the enzyme hydroxymethylbilane synthase. Despite important advances in the characterization of AIP, the pathophysiology of the neurologic manifestations is not clearly understood. We present a patient with AIP followed for 31 years with multiple episodes of(More)
Noninvasive biomarkers are needed to assess immune risk and ultimately guide therapeutic decision-making following kidney transplantation. A requisite step toward these goals is validation of markers that diagnose and/or predict relevant transplant endpoints. The Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation-01 protocol is a multicenter observational study of(More)