Could Prophylactic Monoclonal Antibody Improve Kidney Graft Survival?
Objectives. This study was designed to evaluate the impact of daclizumab monoclonal antibody on early and late kidney graft survival. Materials and methods. From 2007 to 2008, 57 kidney transplant recipients were followed for a mean of 9.3 months. Twenty-three patients received 1 mg/kg daclizumab 24 hours before and 14 days after transplantation. In contrast, 34 patients (controls) did not receive daclizumab. The same immunosuppressive protocol was administered to all participants: oral prednisolone, mycophenolate mofetil, and cyclosporine. Delayed graft function (DGF), acute rejection, prednisolone pulses and/or antithymoglobulin (ATG), cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, urinary tract infection (UTI), as well as early and late graft function were compared between the two groups. Results. The mean age in cases and controls was 39.7 and 37.1 years, respectively. The occurrence of DGF was 4% versus 3%; reversible acute rejection, 16% versus 14.5%, and irreversible acute rejection 0% versus 9% (P < .05) for treated versus control groups, respectively. ATG was used in 21% versus 23%, and pulse prednisolone 26% versus 20%, respectively. In case and control groups, the mean creatinine levels were 1.4 mg/dL versus 1.35 mg/dL at discharge. At last follow-up, it was 1.35 mg/dL versus 1.2 mg/dL, respectively. CMV infection occurred in 30% versus 35%, and UTI in 17% versus 19% of treated versus controls, respectively. Conclusion. The prophylactic administration of daclizumab improved early graft survival and prevented irreversible acute rejection.