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Influence of Donor C3 Allotype on Late Renal-Transplantation Outcome

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neil SheerinORCiD


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BACKGROUND: The complement system has a critical role in both the innate and the adaptive immune responses. In humans, C3 exists as two main allotypes, F (fast) and S (slow), which are known to affect the incidence of inflammatory disease. We conducted a study to address the influence of these alleles on late renal-graft outcome. METHODS: We determined the C3 allotypes of 662 pairs of adult kidney donors and recipients from 1993 through 2002 and then related C3F/S polymorphism status to demographic and clinical outcome data. The median length of follow-up was 3.3 years. RESULTS: Analysis of 513 pairs of white donors and recipients identified 113 C3S/S recipients of a C3S/F or a C3F/F kidney and 179 C3S/S recipients of a C3S/S kidney. Graft survival was significantly better with a C3F/F or C3F/S donor allotype than a C3S/S allotype (P=0.05). The hazard ratio for graft loss of C3S/S kidneys, as compared with C3F/F or C3F/S kidneys, was 2.21 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.04 to 4.72; P=0.04). The graft function of C3F/F or C3F/S donor kidneys was significantly better than that of C3S/S donor kidneys (P<0.001). The effect of the C3F allele was specific to recipients who did not themselves possess this allele. Multivariate analysis excluded effects of other factors known to influence graft outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Expression of C3 alleles by donor renal cells appears to have a differential effect on late graft outcome. Among white C3S/S recipients, receipt of a C3F/F or C3F/S donor kidney, rather than a C3S/S donor kidney, is associated with a significantly better long-term outcome. These findings suggest that the two alleles have functional differences.

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Author(s): Brown KM, Kondeatis E, Vaughan RW, Kon SP, Farmer CK, Taylor JD, He X, Johnston A, Horsfield C, Janssen BJ, Gros P, Zhou W, Sacks SH, Sheerin NS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The New England Journal of Medicine

Year: 2006

Volume: 354

Issue: 19

Pages: 2014-2023

ISSN (print): 0028-4793

ISSN (electronic): 1533-4406

Publisher: Massachusetts Medical Society


DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa052825

Notes: 066800-Z-02-2/Wellcome Trust Journal Article Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't United States


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