Varsha B. Trivedi

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BACKGROUND Current treatments for autoantibody-mediated diseases (i.e., systemic lupus erythematosus) and alloantibodies (in transplant) are minimally effective. Although they deplete naïve B cells, plasmablasts, and transiently reduce antibody concentrations, they are minimally effective against long-lived, antibody-producing plasma cells. In(More)
OBJECTIVES Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common opportunistic infection following renal transplantation (RTx). It responds promptly to antiviral treatment. The mortality rate reaches 90% if untreated. Identification of risk factors helps in the early diagnosis of CMV. We studied demographic features, risk factors, and outcomes associated with CMV infection in(More)
Recurrence of primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is an important cause of graft loss after renal transplantation (RTx). We report our experience in 34 patients with primary FSGS who underwent RTx between April 1999 and June 2009, using hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). They belonged to four groups: group 1 (n = 12) received(More)
OBJECTIVE We designed a prospective, randomized, and controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of achieving a mixed chimerism-associated tolerance protocol for recipients of living related donor (LRD) renal allografts. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty-six consecutive patients were divided into two equal groups of 33 patients with end-stage(More)
Highly sensitized patients are destined to remain untransplanted for long. Early transplantation results in cost-saving, reduced morbidity/mortality and improved quality of life. We carried out a prospective study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of desensitization protocol vis-à-vis patient/graft survival in living donor renal transplantation in highly(More)
In a developing country such as India, cadaveric renal transplantation accounts for only less than 1% of total renal transplantations. The reasons for such a low rate of cadaveric transplantation are many, ranging from lack of awareness to socioeconomic reasons. Our institute conducted a statewide public awareness program and initiated an intercity organ(More)
We designed a prospective clinical trial of 357 patients divided in two groups--treated (n = 201) and controls (n = 156)--to evaluate effects of donor hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with minimal nonmyeloablative conditioning for tolerance induction in living related donor renal allograft recipients. Conditioning included donor leukocyte(More)
We show the ability of bortezomib to remove donor-specific HLA antibody from kidney allograft patients, the drug acting as a proteasome inhibitor, providing targeted therapy against antibody-producing plasma cells. Ten out of thirteen patients (77%) experienced primary DSA reversal, and in the remaining three patients the MFI of their primary DSA was(More)