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This randomized trial will enroll adult recipients of HLA-identical living kidney transplants who are at least 1 year post-transplant. All subjects will be taking Prograf (tacrolimus) or cyclosporine and mycophenolic acid (CellCept or Myfortic) and then be randomized (1:2) to either continue calcineurin inhibitors or to taper off of calcineurin inhibitors. The hypothesis is that mycophenolic acid monotherapy permits long-term rejection-free renal allograft function in the absence of long-term calcineurin inhibitors in this fully matched renal transplant cohort.
The objective of the study is to safely move HLA-identical renal transplant recipients from 2 immunosuppressive drugs (calcineurin inhibitor and mycophenolic acid) to mycophenolic acid monotherapy. Safety will be assessed by monitoring renal function in subjects in the withdrawal group compared to those who remain on the standard 2-drug immunosuppression protocol. Results of immunological monitors such as DTH regulation in response to donor minor antigens and development of anti-donor antibodies will be correlated with successful withdrawal.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Mycophenolic Acid, Standard of Care: CNI and MPA
University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:29-0400
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An antibiotic substance derived from Penicillium stoloniferum, and related species. It blocks de novo biosynthesis of purine nucleotides by inhibition of the enzyme inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase. Mycophenolic acid is important because of its selective effects on the immune system. It prevents the proliferation of T-cells, lymphocytes, and the formation of antibodies from B-cells. It also may inhibit recruitment of leukocytes to inflammatory sites. (From Gilman et al., Goodman and Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 9th ed, p1301)
The end-stage of CHRONIC RENAL INSUFFICIENCY. It is characterized by the severe irreversible kidney damage (as measured by the level of PROTEINURIA) and the reduction in GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE to less than 15 ml per min (Kidney Foundation: Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative, 2002). These patients generally require HEMODIALYSIS or KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION.
The transference of a kidney from one human or animal to another.
General dysfunction of an organ occurring immediately following its transplantation. The term most frequently refers to renal dysfunction following KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION.
The minimum acceptable patient care, based on statutes, court decisions, policies, or professional guidelines.
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