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Clin Infect Dis. 2007 Jul 1;45(1):60-7. Epub 2007 May 23.

Association of the outcome of renal transplantation with antibody response to cytomegalovirus strain-specific glycoprotein H epitopes.

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Department of Microbiology, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan.



Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most important pathogen affecting the outcome of renal transplantation. The combination of CMV-seronegative transplant recipients with CMV-seropositive transplant donors places recipients at the highest risk of CMV disease. In cases of congenital CMV infection, existing immunity only partially protected mothers from reinfection with a different genotypic strain. The effect of differences in infected CMV strains between CMV-seropositive transplant donors and CMV seropositive transplant recipients on the outcome of transplantation remains unclear.


In this prospective multicenter study, the presence of antibodies against strain-specific glycoprotein H epitopes in 84 CMV-seropositive transplant donor/CMV-seropositive transplant recipient renal transplantation cases were determined, and their relationships to acute transplant rejection, CMV infection, degree of antigenemia, and CMV disease were evaluated.


Among the 84 donor/recipient pairs, 45 and 32 had matched and mismatched strain-specific glycoprotein H antibodies, respectively. Acute transplant rejection in the mismatched group was more frequent than it was in the matched group (63% vs. 22%; P=.005). CMV disease was also more frequently observed in the mismatched group (28% vs. 9%; P=.026). The mismatched group had a higher level of antigenemia (P=.019).


Our results illustrate more adverse events in the cases with a CMV-seropositive transplant donor and a CMV-seropositive transplant recipient in which the glycoprotein H antibodies are mismatched, suggesting that reinfection with a different CMV strain results in more complications.

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