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See detailThird-party mesenchymal stem cell infusion in kidney transplant recipient: 6-month safety interim analysis
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; ERPICUM, Pauline ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 223-224278

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) have immunomodulating properties and could be used as immunosuppressive agents. We report the 6- month safety results for the 5 first patients treated with MSC ... [more ▼]

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) have immunomodulating properties and could be used as immunosuppressive agents. We report the 6- month safety results for the 5 first patients treated with MSC after kidney transplantation (KTx). Here, we address 3 specific safety issues: immunization against MSC and engraftment syndrome defined as acute graft dysfunction not related to rejection and over-immunosuppression. Patients and method: MSC production was carried out locally. MSC were not matched with kidney recipients’ HLA. Included patients were non-immunized, first transplant recipients from deceased donors. MSC (1.5–3.0 9 106/kg) infusion was planned 3 to 5 days post KTx. Patients with cardiovascular instability post KTx were excluded. All patients were treated with Basiliximab induction, Tacrolimus, Mycophenolate Mofetil and Steroid. We prospectively screened for anti-HLA antibodies at month 1, 3 and 6. Informed consent was obtained from all participants. The local ethical committee approved the protocol. Results: Collectively there were 23/50 and 29/50 HLA mismatches (MM) with kidney and MSC donor respectively, out of which 5 were shared MM. One patient developed de novo DSA, 2 patients anti-HLA antibodies against shared kidney/MSC MM and 1 patient developed 2 specific antibodies against MSC (MSCSA) at month 6. All antibodies were anti HLA class I except for 1. We did not observe any “engraftment” syndrome. Three patients experienced non- severe opportunistic infections: 1 CMV reactivation and 2 polyoma-BK virus viremia.Conclusion: We did not observe any strong safety signal. We did however observe some degree of immunization in 3 patients: 2 developed antibodies against shared kidney/MSC donor HLA MM and 1 MSCSA. [less ▲]

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See detailComparable transplant outcomes between DBD and DCD kidney grafts up to 5 years post-transplant: single centre experience
Ledinh, H; DETRY, Olivier ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 193-194188

Introduction: This study aimed to determine the most recent results of kidney transplantation (KT) from donation after brain death (DBD) and circulatory death (DCD). Primary endpoints were graft and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: This study aimed to determine the most recent results of kidney transplantation (KT) from donation after brain death (DBD) and circulatory death (DCD). Primary endpoints were graft and patient survival, and graft function. Acute rejection and post-operative complications were assessed as secondary endpoints. Patient and Methods: This retrospective mono-center review consisted of 226 DBD- and 104 DCD-KT between 2008 and 2014. Results: Graft survival was comparable between two groups (95.1 vs. 91.1% at 1 year, 92.8 vs. 91.1% at 3 years and 89.2 vs. 91.1% at 5 years). 46% and 40% of graft loss were attributed to patient death with a functioning graft and rejection. Patient survival was comparable between 2 groups (97.8 vs. 95.1% at 1 year, 94.1 vs. 91.2% at 3 years, and 89.6 vs. 82.3% at five years). Etiology of patient death included cardiac arrest (16.7%), infection (16.7%), cancer (13.3%), and unknown cause (46.7%). Delayed graft function occurred in 14.6% of DBD- and 30.8% of DCD-KT (p = 0.001). Primary non function was encountered in 2.6% DBD- and 4.8% DCD-KT (p = ns). Graft function was worse in DCD than DBD up to 3 months post-transplant (p = 0.034), however, no difference existed afterwards. Biopsy-proven acute rejection was found in 12.8% and 13.5% of DBD- and DCD-KT during an average 3 months post- transplant (p = ns). This rate was 7.1% vs. 8.9% on surveillance biopsy performed between 3 and 6 months post-transplant (p = ns). Post-operativecomplication rate was comparable between 2 groups, concerning patient death, reoperation, transfusion, perirenal hematoma, macroscopic hematuria, urinary obstruction, wound problem, and infection. Nevertheless, contamination of preservation solution occurred more commonly in DCD than DBD (0.4% vs. 3.8%, p = 0.036). Conclusions: Despite worse early graft function, DCD-KT was not inferior to that originating from DBD up to 5 years post-transplant, therefore deserves to be used. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased risk of interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy in controlled donation after circulatory death kidney transplantation
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; Ledinh, H; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 49118

Introduction: Comparable transplant outcomes between controlled donation after circulatory death (cDCD) and donation after brain death (DBD) kidney transplantation (KT) have been confirmed. However, few ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Comparable transplant outcomes between controlled donation after circulatory death (cDCD) and donation after brain death (DBD) kidney transplantation (KT) have been confirmed. However, few data describes the histology of cDCD-KT which is subjected to prolonged procurement warm ischemia. This study aimed to evaluate the rate of interstitial fibrosis (IF) and tubular atrophy (TA) on the surveillance biopsy performed in our unit between the 2 and 6 months post KT. Acute rejection was considered as secondary endpoint. Patients and Methods: 330 KT (226 DBD and 104 DCD) have been performed between 2008 and 2014. Surveillance or per-cause biopsy was performed in 272 recipients. Among them, the rate of adequate (≥8 glomeruli and ≥1 large-sized artery) was 76.8%. Results: IFTA was found in 11.5% and 25.7% of DBD and cDCD-KT, respectively (p = 0.004). Considering IF and TA separately, the corresponding rates were 20.4% vs 32% (p = 0.04) and 23% vs 36% (p = 0.03), respectively. If acute rejection before routine biopsy was excluded, either IF or TA rate was significantly higher in cDCD- than DBD-KT (12.6% vs 27.1%, p = 0.006; 17.6% vs 31.4%, p = 0.016; and 20.9% vs 35.7%, p = 0.015 in case of IF-TA, IF, and TA, respectively). A cDCD-KT compared to a DBD-KT was 3.11 (95%CI 1.51– 6.43, p = 0.002), 2.34 (95%CI 1.21–4.53, p = 0.011) and 2.29 (95%CI 1.23– 4.27, p = 0.009) times more likely to have IFTA, IF, and TA, respectively. Extended criteria donor (ECD) vs standard criteria donor (SCD) was also an independent risk factor for IFTA (OR = 3.11, 95%CI 1.51–6.43, p = 0.002), IF (OR = 4.86, 95%CI 1.96–12.05, p = 0.001), and TA (OR = 4.09, 95%CI 1.68– 9.93, p = 0.002). The rate of acute rejection diagnosed by SB was 7.1% and 8.9% in DBD and cDCD kidney grafts (p = ns), respectively.Conclusion: KT from cDCD increased the risk of IF-TA between 3 and 6 months post-transplant. Further studies are warranted to investigate the evolution of this phenomenon over time and its effect on graft function. [less ▲]

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See detailHome Blood Pressure in Kidney Transplant Recipients (ktr)- Validity of different schedules of self-monitoring
Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

Conference (2015, October 24)

HOME BLOOD PRESSURE IN KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS (KTR)-Validity of different schedules of self-monitoring A. Saint-Remy, L. Weekers, C. Bonvoisin, P. Xhignesse, B.Dubois, JM. Krzesinski NEPHROLOGY ... [more ▼]

HOME BLOOD PRESSURE IN KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS (KTR)-Validity of different schedules of self-monitoring A. Saint-Remy, L. Weekers, C. Bonvoisin, P. Xhignesse, B.Dubois, JM. Krzesinski NEPHROLOGY - CHU LIEGE AIM: Office blood pressure (OBP), 24-h ambulatory monitoring (ABPM) and home self- monitoring (HBP) allow assessing BP control in treated HT patients. For HBP, ESH guidelines recommend 7 days of measurements but that duration is questioned. The present study analyzed the agreement between daytime ABP and different schedules for HBP in 70 treated hypertensive KTR. METHOD: BP control defined by OBP <140/90 and daytime ABP or HBP <135/85 mmHg was tested in 70 KTR (mean age 56 ± 11 y; mean graft survival 7 ± 6.6 y). OBP and HBP were measured with an Omron M6 and 24-h ABPM with a Spacelabs 90207. HBP was measured on consecutive days (2 times in morning and 2 times at evening/day), the first day was discarded for the mean calculation. Agreement between daytime and HBP was studied when HBP was measured during 7, 5 or 3 days. RESULTS: BP was uncontrolled in 50% of the KTR based on OBP, in 61 % according to daytime ABP and even in 64 % with HBP. Sensitivity (Se) testing agreement between daytime ABP and HBP decreased progressively when number of days was shortened: the highest Se was observed for a 7 days duration with 1st day discarded (86 %). Specificity (Sp) fluctuated around 70 % and was the highest for a 5 (73 %) and 3 days schedule. However the 5 days schedule had higher Se (83 %) than the 3 days. Proportions of KTR correctly classified according to daytime ABP were 79 %, 79 % and 78 % with the 7, 5 or 3 days schedule, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: HBP, easier and less restricting method than 24h ABPM, is a good alternative to daytime ABPM as nearly 80 % of treated KTR were similarly classified. HBP recording period can be shortened to 5 days according to Se and Sp. A 3 days schedule seems more risky reducing the chance to identify masked HT due to a decreased drug adherence. [less ▲]

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See detail18FDG-PET/CT IMAGING IN SUSPECTED ACUTE RENAL ALLOGRAFT REJECTION
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; BOVY, Christophe ULg et al

Conference (2015, September 13)

The diagnosis procedure for kidney transplant recipients (KTR) with suspected acute rejection (AR) relies on needle biopsy. Noninvasive tests to predict nonrejection would be preferable. AR is associated ... [more ▼]

The diagnosis procedure for kidney transplant recipients (KTR) with suspected acute rejection (AR) relies on needle biopsy. Noninvasive tests to predict nonrejection would be preferable. AR is associated with a recruitment of activated leukocytes into the transplant, which are characterized by a high metabolic activity and an increased uptake of glucose analog, Fluoro-deoxyglucose ( FDG). Thus, FDG-Positron emission tomography coupled with computed tomography (PET/CT) may help noninvasively distinguish nonrejection from AR. From January 2013 to February 2015, we prospectively performed 32 FDGPET/ CT in 31 adult KTR with suspected renal AR who underwent a biopsy. Biopsies were categorized as “normal”, “borderline”, “AR” or “others” according to Banff classification. PET/CT imaging was performed within 201 ± 18 minutes after i.v. administration of 3.2 ± 0.2 MBq/kg of FDG, before any modification of immunosuppression. The mean standard uptake values (SUV) of both upper and lower renal poles were measured, with no threshold activity. Biopsies were diagnosed as “normal”, “borderline”, “AR” or “others” in 8, 10, 8 and 6 (including 3 polyoma-BK nephropathies) cases. Mean SUV respectively reached 1.5 ± 0.2, 1.6 ± 0.3, 2.9 ± 0.8, 2.2 ± 1.2 in each category. Mean SUV of biopsy-proven AR was significantly higher than “normal” cases (p<0.01). No difference was found between “normal” vs. “borderline”, or between “AR” vs. “others” histopathology. Still, a positive correlation between mean SUV and acute composite (g+i+t+v+ptc) Banff score was found, with a coefficient of 0.70 (p<0.001). Sensitivity and specificity of FDG-PET/CT in detecting pathological biospies were respectively 92.3% and 36.8%, with a mean SUV threshold at 1.4. FDG-PET/CT imaging may help discriminate nonrejection, thereby avoiding unnecessary transplant biopsy in KTR with suspected AR. [less ▲]

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See detailThird-party mesenchymal stem cell infusion in kidney transplant recipient: 6-month safety interim analysis
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; ERPICUM, Pauline ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (2015, May), 15(suppl 3),

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See detailActivation of the calcium-sensing receptor before renal ischemia/reperfusion exacerbates kidney injury
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; BOVY, Christophe ULg et al

in American Journal of Translational Research (2015), 7(1), 128-138

Activation of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) by ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) favours apoptosis in cardiomyocytes, hepatocytes and neurons. Its role in renal I/R is unknown. We investigated the impact ... [more ▼]

Activation of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) by ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) favours apoptosis in cardiomyocytes, hepatocytes and neurons. Its role in renal I/R is unknown. We investigated the impact of pharmacological preactivation of the CaSR on kidney structure and function in a murine model of bilateral renal 30-min ischemia and 48-hour reperfusion, and in a 6-year cohort of kidney transplant recipients (KTR). C57BL/6J mice were administered daily with CaSR agonist, R-568, or with vehicle for 48 hours. Evaluation of serum urea and creatinine levels, renal histology and urine metabolome by nuclear magnetic resonance showed that R-568 was not nephrotoxic per se. Following I/R, serum urea and creatinine levels increased higher in R-568-treated animals than in controls. Jablonski’s score was significantly greater in R-568-treated kidneys, which showed a higher rate of cell proliferation and apoptosis in comparison to controls. Next, we retrospectively identified 36 patients (10.7% of our cohort) who were treated by CaSR agonist, cinacalcet, at the time of kidney transplantation (KTx). After matching these to 61 KTR upon type of donor, cold ischemic time, residual diuresis, and donor age, we observed that delayed graft function, i.e. need for dialysis in the first week after KTx, occurred in 42 and 23% of cinacalcet-treated and control groups, respectively (p≤0.05). These data suggest that pharmacological preactivation of the CaSR before renal I/R exacerbates kidney injury. [less ▲]

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See detailCellules stromales mésenchymateuses et transplantation d'organes
DETRY, Olivier ULg; JOURET, François ULg; VANDERMEULEN, Morgan ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent and self-renewing cells. MSC are studied for their in vivo and in vitro immunomodulatory effects, in the prevention or the treatment of ischemic injury, and ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent and self-renewing cells. MSC are studied for their in vivo and in vitro immunomodulatory effects, in the prevention or the treatment of ischemic injury, and for their potential properties of tissue or organ reconstruction. Over the last few years, the potential role of MSC in organ transplantation has been studied both in vitro and in vivo, and their properties make them an ideal potential cell therapy after solid organ transplantation. A prospective, controlled, phase 1-2 study has been initiated at the CHU of Liege, Belgium. This study assesses the potential risks and benefits of MSC infusion after liver or kidney transplantation. Even if the preliminary results of this study look promising, solely a prospective, randomized, large scale, phase 3 study will allow the clinical confirmation of the theoretical benefits of MSC in solid organ transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie rénale chronique (MRC)
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; moonen, martial; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 17)

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See detailCinacalcet treatment at the time of transplantation is associated with a significant risk of delayed graft function in kidney transplant recipients
Jouret, François ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; GROSCH, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Transplant International (2014, May), 27(S1), 167

The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has been implicated in the ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) cascade in heart, liver and brain. Renal I/R occurs at the time of transplantation (Tx), with a deleterious ... [more ▼]

The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has been implicated in the ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) cascade in heart, liver and brain. Renal I/R occurs at the time of transplantation (Tx), with a deleterious impact on early graft function. Here, we retrospectively investigated if the use of cinacalcet, a CaSR agonist, in kidney transplant recipients (KTR) influences early graft recovery. All KTR from 2007 to 2012 in our Academic Hospital were prospectively included in a database. Patients actively treated with cinacalcet on the day of Tx were retrospectively identified from this database and matched with controls on (i) type of donor (living [LD], deceased after brain or circulatory death [DCD]); (ii) cold ischemic time (CIT) ` 1 h; (iii) residual diuresis (` 500 ml); and (iv) donor age (` 5 years). Delayed graft function (DGF) was defined as dialysis requirement after Tx. Baseline characteristics were compared between groups with student’s t-test or Chi-2 as appropriate. The endpoint was the percentage of DGF in both groups. Among 337 KTR, 36 (10.7%) were treated with cinacalcet at Tx. Control group included 61 patients. Characteristics of patients and donors are summarized in the table. DGF occurred in 42 and 23% of cinacalcet-treated and control groups, respectively (p = 0.05). These retro- spective observations suggest that CaSR activation at the time of Tx impairs early graft recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailA More Than 20% Increase in Deceased-Donor Organ Procurement and Transplantation Activity After the Use of Donation After Circulatory Death.
Le Dinh, H.; MONARD, Josée ULg; DELBOUILLE, Marie-Hélène ULg et al

in Transplantation proceedings (2014), 46(1), 9-13

BACKGROUND: Organ procurement and transplant activity from controlled donation after circulatory death (DCD) was evaluated over an 11-year period to determine whether this program influenced the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Organ procurement and transplant activity from controlled donation after circulatory death (DCD) was evaluated over an 11-year period to determine whether this program influenced the transplant and donation after brain death (DBD) activities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Deceased donor (DD) procurement and transplant data were prospectively collected in a local database for retrospective review. RESULTS: There was an increasing trend in the potential and actual DCD numbers over time. DCD accounted for 21.9% of the DD pool over 11 years, representing 23.7% and 24.2% of the DD kidney and liver pool, respectively. The DBD retrieval and transplant activity increased during the same time period. Mean conversion rate turning potential into effective DCD donors was 47.3%. Mean DCD donor age was 54.6 years (range, 3-83). Donors >/=60 years old made up 44.1% of the DCD pool. Among referred donors, reasons for nondonation were medical contraindications (33.7%) and family refusals (19%). Mean organ yield per DCD donor was 2.3 organs. Mean total procurement warm ischemia time was 19.5 minutes (range, 6-39). In 2012, 17 DCD and 37 DBD procurements were performed in the Liege region, which has slightly >1 million inhabitants. CONCLUSIONS: This DCD program implementation enlarged the DD pool and did not compromise the development of DBD programs. The potential DCD pool might be underused and seems to be a valuable organ donor source. [less ▲]

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See detailMesenchymal stromal cell therapy in conditions of renal ischaemia/reperfusion.
Erpicum, Pauline ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2014), 29

Acute kidney injury (AKI) represents a worldwide public health issue of increasing incidence, with a significant morbi-mortality. AKI treatment mostly relies on supportive manoeuvres in the absence of ... [more ▼]

Acute kidney injury (AKI) represents a worldwide public health issue of increasing incidence, with a significant morbi-mortality. AKI treatment mostly relies on supportive manoeuvres in the absence of specific target-oriented therapy. The pathophysiology of AKI commonly involves ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) events, which cause both immune and metabolic consequences in renal tissue. Similarly, at the time of kidney transplantation (KT), I/R is an unavoidable event which contributes to early graft dysfunction and enhanced graft immunogenicity. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) represent a heterogeneous population of adult, fibroblast-like multi-potent cells characterized by their ability to differentiate into tissues of mesodermal lineages. Because MSC have demonstrated immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and tissue repair properties, MSC administration at the time of I/R and/or at later times has been hypothesized to attenuate AKI severity and to accelerate the regeneration process. Furthermore, MSC in KT could help prevent both I/R injury and acute rejection, thereby increasing graft function and survival. In this review, summarizing the encouraging observations in animal models and in pilot clinical trials, we outline the benefit of MSC therapy in AKI and KT, and envisage their putative role in renal ischaemic conditioning. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo novel mutations of the CLDN16 gene cause familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis
Hanssen, Oriane ULg; CASTERMANS, Emilie ULg; BOVY, Christophe ULg et al

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2014), 7

Familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis is an autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the CLDN16 or CLDN19 genes, which encode tight junction-associated proteins ... [more ▼]

Familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis is an autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the CLDN16 or CLDN19 genes, which encode tight junction-associated proteins, claudin-16 and -19. The resultant tubulopathy leads to urinary loss of Mg2+ and Ca2+, with subsequent nephrocalcinosis and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). An 18-year-old boy presented with chronic kidney disease and proteinuria, as well as hypomagnesaemia, hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis. A kidney biopsy revealed tubular atrophy, interstitial fibrosis and segmental sclerosis of some glomeruli. Two novel mutations in the CLDN16 gene were identified: c.340C>T (nonsense) and c.427+5G>A (splice site). The patient reached ESRD at 23 and benefited from kidney transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailEculizumab (ECU) Inhibits Thrombotic Microangiopathy (TMA) and Improves Renal Function In Adult Patients (Pts) With Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS)
Fakhouri, Fadi; Hourmant, Maryvonne; Cataland, Spero et al

Poster (2013, December 08)

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See detailEculizumab (ECU) Inhibits Thrombotic Microangiopathy (TMA) and Improves Renal Function in Adult Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS) Patients (Pts)
Fakhouri, Fadi; Hourmant, Maryvonne; Campistol, Josep et al

Poster (2013, November 08)

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See detailBlood pressure dipping and arterial stiffness in kidney transplant recipients
XHIGNESSE, Patricia ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

Conference (2013, October 05)

In 70 kidney transplant recipients, nocturnal blood pressure(BP) nondipping (nondipping or reversed rhythm) was highly frequent (48% were nondippers and 29% had a reversed rhythm). When compared dippers ... [more ▼]

In 70 kidney transplant recipients, nocturnal blood pressure(BP) nondipping (nondipping or reversed rhythm) was highly frequent (48% were nondippers and 29% had a reversed rhythm). When compared dippers, nondippers and reversed, neither BMI, time on hemodialysis, graft survival, eGFR or antihypertensive drugs allowed to distinct the three groups. Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) did not differ between groups but calcification score and ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) were significantly the highest in récipients with reversed rhythm. That was also the case in nondippers recipients. [less ▲]

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See detailHETEROGENOUS CLINICAL AND LABORATORY PRESENTATIONS IN MAD DEFICIENCY
BOEMER, François ULg; SCHOOS, Roland ULg; ACQUAVIVA, Cécile et al

Poster (2013, September)

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See detailCholecaciferol in haemodialysis patients: a randomized, double-blind, proof-of-concept and safety study
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; WARLING, Xavier et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2013), 28(7), 1779-1786

Background. The role of cholecalciferol supplementation in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients has been questioned. The objective of this randomized double-blinded study is to assess whether ... [more ▼]

Background. The role of cholecalciferol supplementation in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients has been questioned. The objective of this randomized double-blinded study is to assess whether cholecalciferol therapy can increase serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels in haemodialysed patients and the safety implications of this therapy on certain biological parameters and vascular calcifications score. Methods. Forty-three haemodialysis patients were randomized to receive placebo or cholecalciferol (25 000 IU) therapy every 2 weeks. The biological parameters, serum calcium, phosphorus, 25(OH)D and parathormone (PTH) levels, were monitored monthly for 12 consecutive months. Vascular calcifications were assessed by lateral X-ray radiography. Results. At baseline, the mean serum 25(OH)D levels were low and similar in both groups. Thirty patients (16 treated and 14 placebo) completed the study: 11 patients died (5 placebo and 6 treated), 1 patient dropped out and 1 patient was transplanted (both from the placebo group). After 1 year, the percentage of 25(OH)D deficient patients was significantly lower in the treated group. None of the patients developed hypercalcaemia. The PTH levels tended to increase over the study period under placebo and to decrease in the cholecalciferol group. The median changes in PTH levels from baseline to 1 year were statistically different between the two groups [+80 (−58 to 153) and −115 (−192 to 81) under placebo and cholecalciferol treatment, respectively, P = 0.02].The calcification scores increased equivalently in both groups (+2.3 per year). Conclusions. Cholecalciferol is effective and safe, and does not negatively affect calcium, phosphorus, PTH levels and vascular calcifications. Additional studies are needed to compare the impacts of nutritional and active vitamin D agents on vascular calcification and mortality. [less ▲]

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See detailMasked hypertension is associated with a high cardiovascular risk in hypertensive kidney transplant recipients
XHIGNESSE, Patricia ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 16)

Objective: High blood pressure (BP) is a major risk factor for graft function in kidney transplant recipients (KTs) Our aim was to evaluate BP control in the office, but also in the ambulatory and home ... [more ▼]

Objective: High blood pressure (BP) is a major risk factor for graft function in kidney transplant recipients (KTs) Our aim was to evaluate BP control in the office, but also in the ambulatory and home settings, in stable KTs, ali treated for hypertension, and to characterize patients with masked hypertension (MHT). Design and Method: Three BP measurement techniques were used in 70 late KT patients, (mean age 56.5 years; 43 males): ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM-Spacelab 90207) office (OBP) and home BP monitoring (HBPM)- (OMRON M6). Carotid­ femoral pulse wave velocity was measured (Sphygmocor) as weil as a calcification score (arteries) and the systolic ankle brachial index (ABI) as recommended. The period since transplantation was 6.9±6.6 years, the mean GFR was 65.6±24±ml/min, Body Mass Index was 25.8±4.7 kg/m2 and the number of antihypertensive drug was 2.1±1 pills/d. Results: Uncontrolled hypertension (HTN) remained frequent in our treated population, 46 % were still hypertensive in the office, 39% using ABPM and 43% with HBPM. The proportion of MHT was 22% whatever the out-of-clinic method used, with more males, more overweight (BMI between, 25-30). lnterestingly when compared with controlled KTs (i.e both OBP and Daytime ABP controlled or both OBP and HBP controlled), using either ABPM or Home BP, patients with MHT had significantly higher PWV, a higher aortic augmentation pressure (AP), a higher calcification score and a higher ABI. However we did not find any significant impact of graft survival, immunosuppressive drugs, smoking habits, diabetes, or alcohol use. Conclusion: A high percentage of uncontrolled HTN was noted by OBP, but also by ABPM and HBPM despite antihypertensive treatment. MHT was frequently observed in KTs. This particular HT subtype, either defined by OBP vs ABPM or by OBP vs HBP, was significantly associated with major markers of arterial stiffness. So, MHT is associated with a high cardiovascular (cv) risk and therefore has to be manage to reduce incidence of cv events and graft loss. [less ▲]

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