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Serum levels of macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF): a marker of kidney allograft rejection


Le Meur, YL and Leprivey-Lorgeot, V and Mons, S and Jose, MD and Dantal, J and Lemauff, B and Aldigier, JC and Leroux-Robert, C and Praloran, V, Serum levels of macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF): a marker of kidney allograft rejection, Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, 19, (7) pp. 1862-5. ISSN 0931-0509 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/ndt/gfh257


BACKGROUND: Macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF) is the principal factor for survival of monocytes and macrophages that play an important role in allograft rejection. We studied M-CSF serum levels during successful renal transplantation and acute graft rejection.

METHODS: A total of 114 kidney allograft recipients were assessed for M-CSF levels by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

RESULTS: M-CSF serum levels were elevated in pre-transplant haemodialysis patients (611+/-355 IU/ml vs 168+/-61 in normal controls, P<0.01). Following successful renal transplantation, M-CSF decreased in the first month, stabilizing at 257+/-222 IU/ml (not significantly different from normal controls) in 52 post-transplant stable patients. There was no correlation between M-CSF level and creatinine clearance. M-CSF levels increased significantly (2-5 times) during biopsy-proven acute rejection episodes in 20 of 25 patients. All rejection episodes were successfully treated and serum M-CSF decreased rapidly to pre-rejection levels in 17/20 patients. In contrast, in five patients with cyclosporin toxicity and four patients with other causes of allograft dysfunction, M-CSF serum levels did not change.

CONCLUSIONS: M-CSF serum level might be a specific marker of acute rejection. The source of increased production during rejection warrants further investigation, with infiltrating T cells and resident kidney cells being likely candidates.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:allograft rejection
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Nephrology and urology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jose, MD (Professor Matthew Jose)
ID Code:90573
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-04-10
Last Modified:2016-11-17

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