15-DEOXYSPERGUALIN “RESCUE THERAPY” FOR METHYLPREDNISOLONE-RESISTANT REJECTION OF RENAL TRANSPLANTS AS COMPARED WITH ANTI-T CELL MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY (OKT3)


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Abstract

A randomized trial with OKT3, an anti—T cell monoclonal antibody or with 15-deoxyspergualin against methylprednisolone-resistant rejection crisis was performed in 25 posttransplant patients immunosuppressed with prednisolone and cyclosporine. At least temporary reversal of rejection was observed in 58.3% of patients treated with 15-deoxyspergualin. This reversal rate may be quite comparable to 61.5% seen in patients treated with OKT3. Adverse effects with 15-deoxyspergualin were related to bone marrow suppression, while those with OKT3 were pyrexia, gastrointestinal symptoms, and herpes infection. In contrast to OKT3, which may act by modulating T cell surface antigen, 15-deoxyspergualin may be effective somewhere in the later stages of the rejection cascade.

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