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Open Access 2007 Update on Allogeneic Islet Transplantation From the Collaborative Islet Transplant Registry (CITR)

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As of October 1, 2007, 25 North American medical institutions and one European islet transplant center reported detailed information to the Registry on 315 allograft recipients, of which 285 were islet alone (IA) and 30 were islet after kidney (IAK). Of the 114 IA recipients expected at 4 years after their last infusion, 12% were insulin independent, 16% were insulin dependent with detectable C-peptide, 40% had no detectable C-peptide, and 32% had missing C-peptide data or were lost to follow-up. Of the IA recipients, 72% achieved insulin independence at least once over 3 years and multiple infusions. Factors associated with achievement of insulin independence included islet size >1.0 expressed as IEQs per islet number [hazard ratio (HR) = 1.5, p = 0.06], additional infusions given (HR = 1.5, p = 0.01), lower pretransplant HbA1c (HR = 1.2 each %-age unit, p = 0.02), donor given insulin (HR = 2, p = 0.003), daclizumab given at any infusion (HR = 1.9, p = 0.06), and shorter cold storage time (HR = 1.04, p = 0.03), mutually adjusted in a multivariate model. Severe hypoglycemia prevalence was reduced from 78‐83% preinfusion to less than 5% throughout the first year post-last infusion, and to 18% adjusted for missing data at 3 years post-last infusion. In Year 1 post-first infusion for IA recipients, 53% experienced a Grade 3‐5 or serious adverse event (AE) and 35% experienced a severe AE related to either an infusion procedure or immunosuppression. In Year 1 post-first infusion, 33% of IA subjects and 35% of IAK subjects had an AE related to the infusion procedure, while 35% of IA subjects and only 27% of IAK subjects had an AE related to the immunosuppression therapy. Five deaths were reported, of which two were classified as probably related to the infusion procedure or immunosuppression, and 10 cases of neoplasm, of which two were classified as probably related to the procedure or immunosuppression. Islet transplantation continues to show short-term benefits of insulin independence, normal or near normal HbA1C levels, and sustained marked decrease in hypoglycemic episodes.

Keywords: Immunosuppression; Islet transplantation; Registry; Type 1 diabetes

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2009

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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