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Pediatr Nephrol. 2000 Jun;14(6):473-5.

Growth hormone and markers of immune function in children with renal transplants.

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Department of Paediatric Nephrology, Institute of Child Health, London, UK.


Lymphocyte subsets and T cell activation markers were measured in ten children with renal transplants for up to 1 year before and during their 1st year of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) treatment. The number of lymphocytes, helper or cytotoxic T cells or natural killer cells, and the T cell expression of CD25, CD26 and HLA-DR antigens were not altered by rhGH. B cell numbers declined both before and during treatment. There was no difference in lymphocyte subset numbers between children with and without rejection episodes.

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