Early subclinical inflammation correlates with outcomes in positive crossmatch kidney allografts

Patrick G. Dean, Walter D. Park, Lynn D. Cornell, Carrie Schinstock, Mark D Stegall

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The aim of this study was to investigate correlations between early subclinical findings (10- and 90-day histology and gene expression data) and late outcomes (transplant glomerulopathy and graft loss) in positive crossmatch kidney transplants (+XMKTx). We compared 34 +XMKTx (19 receiving eculizumab and 15 receiving standard of care without eculizumab) to 13 −XMKTx (between August 2001 and August 2011). At 10 days, light microscopy identified subclinical inflammation in only 18% of +XMKTx, while intragraft gene expression identified inflammation in 79% (gene sets for activated macrophages, dendritic cells, NK cells or T cells). Inflammation persisted at 90 days and was associated with the development of transplant glomerulopathy by 2 years and graft loss. In contrast, endothelial cell (EC) changes present at 90 days by either electron microscopy or gene expression were not associated with transplant glomerulopathy or graft loss in this cohort. Eculizumab treatment did not appear to alter inflammation or EC changes. Therefore, intragraft inflammation might be an appropriate surrogate marker of progression and also a target of therapy to prevent chronic antibody-mediated rejection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)925-933
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • antibody
  • gene expression
  • inflammation
  • kidney transplant
  • rejection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Transplantation


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