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Complement-binding anti-HLA antibodies and kidney-allograft survival.

Loupy, Alexandre; Lefaucheur, Carmen; Vernerey, Dewi; Prugger, Christof; Duong van Huyen, Jean-Paul; Mooney, Nuala; Suberbielle, Caroline; Frémeaux-Bacchi, Véronique; Méjean, Arnaud; Desgrandchamps, François; Anglicheau, Dany; Nochy, Dominique; Charron, Dominique; Empana, Jean-Philippe; Delahousse, Michel; Legendre, Christophe; Glotz, Denis; Hill, Gary S; Zeevi, Adriana; Jouven, Xavier.
N Engl J Med; 369(13): 1215-26, 2013 Sep 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24066742


Anti-HLA antibodies hamper successful transplantation, and activation of the complement cascade is involved in antibody-mediated rejection. We investigated whether the complement-binding capacity of anti-HLA antibodies plays a role in kidney-allograft failure.


We enrolled patients who received kidney allografts at two transplantation centers in Paris between January 1, 2005, and January 1, 2011, in a population-based study. Patients were screened for the presence of circulating donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies and their complement-binding capacity. Graft injury phenotype and the time to kidney-allograft loss were assessed.


The primary analysis included 1016 patients. Patients with complement-binding donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies after transplantation had the lowest 5-year rate of graft survival (54%), as compared with patients with non-complement-binding donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (93%) and patients without donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (94%) (P<0.001 for both comparisons). The presence of complement-binding donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies after transplantation was associated with a risk of graft loss that was more than quadrupled (hazard ratio, 4.78; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.69 to 8.49) when adjusted for clinical, functional, histologic, and immunologic factors. These antibodies were also associated with an increased rate of antibody-mediated rejection, a more severe graft injury phenotype with more extensive microvascular inflammation, and increased deposition of complement fraction C4d within graft capillaries. Adding complement-binding donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies to a traditional risk model improved the stratification of patients at risk for graft failure (continuous net reclassification improvement, 0.75; 95% CI, 0.54 to 0.97).


Assessment of the complement-binding capacity of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies appears to be useful in identifying patients at high risk for kidney-allograft loss.
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