A Study That Will Look at the Impact of Immunosuppression on Antibody Production in Kidney Transplant Recipients.
This study is being done to collect blood and bone marrow samples for biologic studies of antibody producing cells. Donor specific antibodies can cause damage to the kidneys after they are transplanted. The study will look at the impact of immunosuppression on antibody production by antibody producing cells.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||The Effects of Thymoglobulin on Antibody Screening Cells.|
|Study Start Date:||March 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Bone marrow and blood samples from both non-sensitized kidney transplant recipients and sensitized kidney transplant recipients will be collected. The samples will be used to compare the effect immunosuppression has on the antibody producing cells from both of these kinds of transplant recipients. Bone marrow will be collected from sensitized kidney transplant recipients before desensitization therapy prior to transplantation and at the time of kidney transplant surgery. Non-sensitized patients will have bone marrow collected only at the time of kidney transplant surgery. Blood will be collected at the same time point that the marrow is collected in both kinds of patients.