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Effects of antibody induction on transplant outcomes in human leukocyte antigen zero-mismatch deceased donor kidney recipients.



We aimed to investigate the impact of antibody induction on outcomes in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) 0-mismatched deceased donor kidney recipients.


Using the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network of Organ Sharing database as of November 2009, we identified 44,008 adult deceased donor kidney recipients who received primary kidney transplants alone between 2003 and 2008 (HLA 0 mismatch, n = 6274; ≥ 1 mismatch, n=37,734; median follow-up: 834 days). The impact of induction (thymoglobulin, interleukin-2 receptor antagonists [IL-2RA], or alemtuzumab; vs. no induction) on rejection (initial hospitalization, 6 months, first year), death-censored graft failure, and mortality were analyzed using multivariate logistic and Cox regression in the two groups. The impact of individual agents on outcomes was further analyzed in 0-mismatch recipients.


There was a decreased risk of rejection over the first 6 months for HLA 0-mismatch recipients of antibody induction (adjusted odds ratio=0.71, P=0.003), but this effect was not observed at 1 year; in comparison, induction was associated with a reduced risk of rejection over the first year for HLA-mismatched recipients (0.87, P<0.001). The use of thymoglobulin (0.72, P=0.02) and IL-2RA (0.67, P=0.004) was associated with a decreased risk of rejection compared with no-induction at 6 months but was not different at 1 year (thymoglobulin: 0.77, P=0.05; IL-2RA:0.81, P=0.11) in HLA 0-mismatched recipients. Induction was not associated with improved graft or patient survival in HLA 0-mismatch recipients.


In HLA 0-mismatch deceased donor recipients, antibody induction was associated with a decreased risk of rejection at 6 months posttransplant. Its use did not improve graft and patient survival over the follow-up period.


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    Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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    Transplantation 93:5 2012 Mar 15 pg 493-502


    Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
    Antilymphocyte Serum
    Graft Rejection
    Graft Survival
    HLA Antigens
    Histocompatibility Testing
    Immunosuppressive Agents
    Kaplan-Meier Estimate
    Kidney Transplantation
    Logistic Models
    Middle Aged
    Multivariate Analysis
    Odds Ratio
    Proportional Hazards Models
    Receptors, Interleukin-2
    Retrospective Studies
    Risk Assessment
    Risk Factors
    Time Factors
    Tissue and Organ Procurement
    Treatment Outcome
    United States
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Journal Article
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.



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