Campath-1H in renal transplantation: The University of Wisconsin experience.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Immune cell depletion is known to prevent renal allograft rejection and injury. We evaluated the humanized monoclonal antibody Campath-1H (alemtuzumab; ILEX Oncology, San Antonio, Texas) in renal transplant recipients for its safety and efficacy in preventing rejection when used in combination with a calcineurin inhibitor, mycophenolate mofetil, and low-dose steroid therapy. METHODS: One hundred twenty-six consecutive renal allograft recipients received 2 doses of Campath-1H antibody on days 0 and 1. Outcomes were compared to patients who received an anti-CD25 antibody (n=799), Thymoglobulin (n=160), or other antibody treatment (n=156) in combination with a calcineurin inhibitor, mycophenolate mofetil, and higher dose steroids. RESULTS: The Campath-1H group overall experienced less rejection than the other 3 groups (P=.037). Patients with delayed graft function experienced less rejection with Campath-1H than control groups (P=.0096) and improved graft survival (P=.0119). There was no difference in infection or malignancies between the 4 groups. CONCLUSIONS: Campath-1H was well tolerated in renal transplant patients and led to significant reductions in incidence of rejection. Patients with delayed graft function experienced significantly improved graft survival.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Knechtle, SJ; Fernandez, LA; Pirsch, JD; Becker, BN; Chin, LT; Becker, YT; Odorico, JS; D'alessandro, AM; Sollinger, HW

Published Date

  • October 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 136 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 754 - 760

PubMed ID

  • 15467659

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15467659

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-6060

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.surg.2004.06.015


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States