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Authors Reese SR, Wilson NA, Huang G, Redfield RR, Zhong W, Djamali A
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Journal Transplantation Volume: 99 Issue: 9 Pages: 1785-95
Publish Date 2015 Sep
PubMed ID 25919767

There is a need for new immunosuppression strategies to minimize calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) toxicity while effectively preventing antibody-mediated rejection (AMR).We tested the efficacy of an investigational proteasome inhibitor, ixazomib, alone and in a CNI minimization strategy in a rat kidney transplant model of transfusion-elicited acute AMR. Nonsensitized (naïve) and sensitized allograft recipients were randomized into 4 treatment groups (8 groups total, n = 3 to 6 in each group) and treated for 1 week. Groups included: no treatment, full dose cyclosporine (CsA, 10 mg/kg per day), ixazomib (0.25 mg/kg on days -5, -2 and +2) alone, and half dose CsA (5 mg/kg per day) + ixazomib.Compared to untreated animals, ixazomib alone or in combination with ½ dose CsA reduced donor-specific antibody, intragraft transcripts for chemokines CCL-21 and CXCL-13, and CD19 expression in both sensitized and naïve transplants. Compared to full dose CsA, the CNI minimization strategy with ixazomib inhibited AMR and allograft injury as evidenced by reduced C4d staining in peritubular capillaries, microcirculation inflammation, splenic plasma cells, circulating B cell activating factor, and intragraft transcripts for major histocompatibility complex class II, Toll-like receptors (TLR-1, TLR-10, and TLR-12) and CCL-21 and CXCL-13 in sensitized animals, indicating downregulation of B cell activation, antigen presentation and T-cell and B-cell signaling.These studies suggest that CNI minimization strategies including ixazomib are effective to prevent AMR including in sensitized kidney allograft recipients. Clinical studies are needed to determine the role of novel proteasome inhibitors for the prevention and treatment of AMR. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System