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BACKGROUND Pharmacokinetic modeling supports trough monitoring of everolimus, but prospective data comparing this approach versus mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in de novo cardiac transplant recipients are currently unavailable. METHODS In a 12-month multicenter open-label study, cardiac transplant patients received everolimus (trough level 3-8 ng/mL) with(More)
AIMS Identification of patients with chronic heart failure at risk for sudden death remains difficult. We sought to assess the prognostic value for all-cause and sudden death of time and frequency domain measures of heart rate variability in chronic heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively enrolled 190 patients with chronic heart failure in(More)
Laminopathies are a group of disorders caused by mutations in the LMNA gene encoding A-type lamins, components of the nuclear lamina. Three of these disorders affect specifically the skeletal and/or cardiac muscles, and their pathogenic mechanisms are still unknown. We chose the LMNA H222P missense mutation identified in a family with autosomal dominant(More)
Recurrence in the allograft and progression in other organs increase mortality after cardiac transplantation in AL amyloidosis. Survival may be improved after suppression of monoclonal light chain (LC) production following high dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation (HDM/ASCT). However, because of high treatment related mortality, this(More)
The aims of the study were to assess the risk of HHV8 transmission resulting from organ transplantation, and related morbidity in liver, heart and kidney transplant recipients. Donor and recipient serologies were screened between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2005 using HHV8 indirect immunofluorescence latent assay (latent IFA) and indirect(More)
AIMS Arrhythmogenic right ventricular Dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is an autosomal dominant inherited cardiomyopathy associated with ventricular arrhythmia, heart failure and sudden death. Genetic studies have demonstrated the central role of desmosomal proteins in this disease, where 50% of patients harbor a mutation in a desmosmal gene. However,(More)
INTRODUCTION We sought to examine the results of orthotopic heart transplantation accepting hearts from donors >50 years of age with special regard to the usefulness of peripheral extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for posttransplant graft dysfunction. PATIENTS Between January 2000 and December 2004, a total of 247 patients underwent orthotopic heart(More)
AIM Rejection is one of the major causes of late cardiac allograft failure and at present can only be diagnosed by invasive endomyocardial biopsies. We sought to determine whether microRNA profiling could serve as a non-invasive biomarker of cardiac allograft rejection. METHODS We included 113 heart transplant recipients from four referral French(More)
BACKGROUND Quantitative monitoring of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is currently used in the follow-up of immunosuppressed patients. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether real-time PCR quantification (QPCR) of HCMV DNA could replace pp65 antigenemia. STUDY DESIGN We compared HCMV QPCR on whole blood (WB) and on plasma with a pp65-antigenemia assay on 192(More)
To evaluate outcome and quality of life (QoL) in ≥ 20 years survivors after heart transplantation. Patients surviving ≥ 20 years with a single graft were retrospectively reviewed. Heterotopic, multiorgan and retransplantations were excluded. QoL was evaluated using the SF-36 survey. Eight hundred and twenty-seven heart transplants were performed from 1981(More)