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Pediatr Transplant. 2001 Aug;5(4):297-301.

Efficacy and tolerability of interleukin-2 receptor blockade with basiliximab in pediatric renal transplant recipients.

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Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Department of Surgery and Transplantation, Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation, University of Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45122 Essen, Germany.


Rejection remains a major threat in pediatric renal transplantation (Tx), causing graft failure and increased exposure to drugs. The new chimeric antibody, basiliximab, directed against the alpha-chain of the interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R), has been shown to be effective in preventing rejection episodes in adult renal transplant recipients. In our single-center experience from Essen, Germany, we evaluated prospectively the efficacy and tolerability of basiliximab, in combination with cyclosporin A (CsA) and prednisone, in 38 unselected pediatric patients. Mean patient age at Tx was 10.1 yr. Twenty-eight children received a cadaveric organ and 10 children received living-related donor grafts. The 1-yr patient survival rate was 100% and the 1-yr graft survival rate was 95% (36/38 patients). No graft was lost as a result of immunological factors, and single rejection episodes were observed in eight patients (21%). Two of these rejections were steroid-resistant and responded to tacrolimus rescue therapy. The rate of infections was not enhanced; overt cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease was observed in two patients only. Malignancies have not been seen to date. The blockade of the alpha-chain of the IL-2R lasted for up to 6 weeks. We conclude that the addition of basiliximab to standard immunosuppression in pediatric renal transplant recipients is well tolerated and results in a low incidence of rejection. The simple mode of application and the lack of side-effects make basiliximab an especially useful adjunct in pediatric patients.

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