Nancy D Herrera

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BACKGROUND The clinical significance of HLA-directed antibodies newly detected after transplantation (HT) is controversial. METHODS Seventy-one HT recipients consented to enroll. Mean follow-up time was 28 months (range 6-48). Panel reactive antibody (PRA) analysis was performed on posttransplant sera (2 weeks, 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 months and annually(More)
UNLABELLED Immunosuppression (IS) withdrawal from calcineurin inhibitors is only possible in ≈ 20% of liver transplant recipients. However, mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors (e.g., sirolimus; SRL) appear to be more immunoregulatory and might promote a tolerant state for withdrawal. Our aim was to determine whether systemic (i.e., blood, marrow, and(More)
Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is considered an immunosuppressive compound mainly because of its inhibitory effects on lymphocyte proliferation. Here we studied specifically the effects of MPA on the ability of dendritic cells (DCs) to activate T cells via the indirect pathway and on the maturation and function of B-lineage cells. We demonstrated that DC(More)
Antibody removal therapies are used for patients with antibody-mediated-rejection or those requiring desensitization to become transplantable. Accurate measurement of antibody levels prior to, and during treatment, are required to choose the best therapeutic approach, and to provide measure of treatment efficacy. Currently, the FDA does not regard(More)
Human CD8(+) regulatory T cells, particularly the CD8(+)CD28(-) T suppressor cells, have emerged as an important modulator of alloimmunity. Understanding the conditions under which these cells are induced and/or expanded would greatly facilitate their application in future clinical trials. In the current study, we develop a novel strategy that combines(More)
Recurrence of hepatitis C in liver transplant recipients is a common event that often leads to loss of the allograft. There are no means to prevent, or even predict, those patients who are more prone to early aggressive recurrence. Therefore there is an increased need for tailored immunosuppression protocols specific to this patient population. Fifteen(More)
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