Thursday, October 6, 2011

IN THE News: A report about inducing tolerance in kidney transplants

A nice letter from investigators at Stanford published this week in NEJM Oct 2011 issue shows a proof of concept. 12 patients, got a HLA matched kidney and a donor cell infusion of CD34+ progenitor cells mixed with CD3+ T cells and irridiation and anti thymoglobuliun. The irridiation was not total body but more to spleen, thymus and lymph nodes. Giving stem cell transplantation and kidney transplant to a well matched patient led to chimerism and ultimately majority patients came off immunosuppresion and renal function is stable. Take a look at the full letter at

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