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Study of B-cell subpopulations in lung transplant recipients with posttransplant infection.

Abstract: Background: Posttransplant infection after lung transplantation is a common feature due to the immunodeficiency induced by the immunosuppressive load. Aim: To assess B-cell subsets in lung transplant recipients suffering at least one episode of infection within the first year posttransplantation. Methods: Twenty-eight lung transplant recipients were enrolled in the study. Their overall mean age was 56.6 ± 10.7 years and 10 were women (35.7%). All recipients were treated with steroids, tacrolimus, and mycophenolate mofetil. B-cell subset levels were measured in peripheral blood before as well as 7, 14, 30, 60, 90, and 180 days posttransplantation. Results: No difference in the absolute number of B-cell subsets was observed within the first year of follow-up. However, pre-germinal center-activated naïve B cells (Bm2?), defined as IgD+CD38++, were increased among patients displaying infections within the first year. The increased Bm2? subset was accompanied by a decrease in the double negative (CD27 -IgD-) B-cell population. Conclusion: Infections in lung transplant recipients were associated with an increase in the Bm2? subset even before transplantation. It is possible that Bm2? cells have a role in response to infection in lung transplantation.

 Fuente: Transplantation Proceedings, 2012, 44(9), 2676-2678

 Editorial: Elsevier

 Año de publicación: 2012

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.09.105

 ISSN: 0041-1345,1873-2623

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.09.105

Autoría

DAVID SAN SEGUNDO ARRIBAS

MARIA ANGELES BALLESTEROS SANZ

FELIPE ZURBANO GOÑI