We would like to bring you up-to-speed with the state with the field of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation ahead of the XV International Congress of Intestinal Rehabilitation & Transplant Association co- organized by Mount Sinai and Columbia University will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from June 28th to July 1st 2017. Health care professionals will meet to discuss the latest development in the care of patient with intestinal failure (IF) and intestinal transplantation.
The prognosis of patient with IF has improved through the development of new medical and surgical therapies and the introduction of multidisciplinary intestinal rehabilitation programs. Optimization of parenteral nutrition (PN) support and prevention of intestinal failure associated liver disease (IFAL) have decreased the need for intestinal transplantation during the past decade. The etiology of IFALD is multifactorial, studies suggest involvement of ω 6 fatty acids, multiple surgeries, lack of enteral of stimulation and more recently intestinal microbiome.
Korpela K, et al 1 compared the intestinal microbiota of patients with IF with healthy controls and its association with liver steatosis. They demonstrated that patients with IF have a simpler and less diverse flora when compared with healthy control. This microbiota changes is associated with liver steatosis. They proposed that overgrowth of Proteobacteria during PN results from the lack of competition, which likely enable an increase in the abundance of opportunistic and invasive species, including the members of Proteobacteria. Furthermore, Proteobacteria altered bile acid signaling which prevent the activation of nuclear farnesoid X receptor (FXR). FXR regulates the expression of the major transporter proteins for bile acids and bile acid hemostasis. Interestingly, sepsis and phytosterols present in soybeans based lipid emulsions have been shown to down-regulate FXR receptors.
All these observations have promoted the development of new therapeutic armamentarium including: a) newer lipid emulsions for the management and prevention of IFALD (Omegaven, SMOFLipid), b) prevention or whether it be better understanding of lipid restriction strategies, greater application of intestinal lengthening operations such as STEP and LILT operations and the recent approval of Teduglutide (GLP-2 analog for adult patients with short bowel), outcomes of intestinal rehabilitation appear to be improving.
CIRTA 2017 - Due to this issue of the Tribune Pulse
Early Bird Registration Deadline has been extended to April 10, 2017
Intestinal transplantation (IT) has shown exceptional growth and improvement in graft survival rates over the past two decades. Improvement in surgical techniques and better understanding of immunosupressive therapies are linked to this progress. Patient survival at 1-year post transplantation is 76%, but long-term allograft failure due to rejection remains a major problem.
The presence of donor-specific antibodies (DSA) has been associated with rejection and allograft loss in solid-organs transplantation2-5. Clinical reports suggest an association between the presence of HLA antibodies, circulating DSA and allograft rejection episodes in IT recipeints6-8. Preformed and de novo DSA may act synergistically with cell-mediated mechanisms, inducing a negative immunological effect and promoting the progression to chronic rejection and graft failure7. Cheng et al, has reported that 1 in 4 patients will develop de novo DSA following IT, and 30% could lose the graft within 2-years8. Zuber et al, have reported that gut-resident T cell subsets are replaced faster in rejecting intestinal allografts of patient with mixed rejection9. These observations highlight the need for better monitoring DSA role on intestinal graft rejections and advance the understanding of the immune mechanisms contributing to allograft loss.
Clinical observations demonstrated that patients receiving composite graft have a reduce rate of rejection episodes. The amount of lymphoid mass replacement has been linked to the immunogenicity of the graft. Multivisceral transplant (MVTx) involves the most extensive recipient lymphoid mass removal (entire foregut, recipient spleen, liver and intestine) and transplantation of the greatest donor lymphoid mass, when compare with IT.
Zuber et al, observed that MVTx was associated with higher levels of and more prolonged multilineage chimerism in the recipients’ peripheral circulation than IT10 . Furthermore, only liver containing graft or MVTx recipients demonstrated myeloid chimerism10. While these results may suggest that the progenitor cells responsible for long-term lymphoid and myeloid chimerism originate from the liver graft, the addition of an IT to an LTx markedly enhanced chimerism of all of these lineages10, despite the minimal chimerism in recipients of IT alone. Furthermore, the investigators used polychromatic flow cytometry and high-throughput T cell receptor sequencing of serial intestinal biopsies to show that gut-resident T cell turnover in human intestinal allografts are correlated with the balance between intragraft host-versus-graft (HvG) and graft-versus-host (GvH) reactivities and with clinical outcomes. They demonstrated that HvG -reactive clones accumulated in intestinal allografts at the time of rejection and persisted long after resolution, despite clonal contraction. These HvG -reactive tissue-resident memory T cells (TRM) may be reactivated later to cause rejection. In the absence of overwhelming cellular and antibody-mediated HvG reactivity, preexisting donor TRM with GvH reactivity may expand in the graft and prevent the replacement of donor cells by recipient T cells. Our study suggests that resident TRM can mount an immune response that counteracts rejection. Therapeutic approaches that prevent the entry of HvG-reactive T cells and hence their establishment as TRM could potentially have a major impact on outcomes of IT recipients.
In summary we will cover the most exciting discoveries and innovation in the field of intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation
Scientists tissue engineer human intestines and functioning nerves
Cincinnati - Scientists report in Nature Medicine using human pluripotent stem cells to grow human intestinal tissues that have functioning nerves in a laboratory, and then using these to recreate and study Hirschsprung's disease. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/cchm-ste111616.php
|Neuro-Endocrine Signaling in Patients with Short Bowel Syndrome
Palle B Jeppesen, Denmark
|Multi-Disciplinary Management of Paediatric Intestinal Failure
Paul W Wales, Canada
|The Expanding Role of the Interventionist
Robert Lookstein, United States
|Immunology of Intestinal Transplant
Megan Sykes, United States
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, Intestinal Transplant Program
Clinical Director, Human Studies Core CCTI
Associate Program Director, Liver Transplant Hepatolgy Fellowship
Morgan Stanley Children Hospital of New York
Mercedes Martinez, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director for the Intestinal Transplant Program at the Center for Liver Disease and Abdominal Organ Transplantation. She provides state-of-the-art care for children with a multitude of liver and intestinal issues, including children with liver and intestinal failure that require transplantation, children with intestinal failure, and for those with intestinal failure associated liver disease. Her research interests include liver tumors in children, autoimmune liver diseases, metabolic disorders, nutritional deficiencies associated with liver diseases, and intestinal failure.
THURSDAY, April 6, 2017, 11AM (MONTREAL TIME)
TRANSPLANTATION AND PRIVATE PRACTICE: A CAREER ALTERNATIVE AND ITS IMPACT ON ACADEMIC RECRUITMENT
Daniel C. Brennan
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017, 11AM (MONTREAL TIME)
GETTING YOUR RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN HIGH IMPACT JOURNALS
Allan D. Kirk
Ashokkumar, C; Soltys, Mazariegos, G et al. Predicting Cellular Rejection With a Cell-Based Assay: Preclinical Evaluation in Children. Transplantation. 2017; 101:131-140.
The study by Ashokkumar and co-workers addresses the unmet need for a noninvasive diagnosis of rejection. The authors report on allospecific CD154+T-cytotoxic memory cells (CD154+TcM) that predict acute cellular rejections (ACR) in pediatric recipients of liver or intestinal transplantation. This noninvasive test based on flow cytometry may serve as a personalized prediction of ACR in this rare and high-risk population.
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Chinese ‘facilitators’ seek boom in organ donors
Financial Times (March 28) - New profession marks change of tack after ban on using executed prisoners’ body parts. (May require subscription to read full article)
Donor-recipient weight and sex mismatch may contribute to kidney transplant failure
Washington, DC (March 30, 2017) -- A new study indicates that the success of a kidney transplant may rely in part on a kidney donor's weight and sex, factors that are not typically considered when choosing a recipient for a deceased donor kidney. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), suggest that changes may be needed to current immunology-based protocols that match donors and recipients.
Negative regulator stops extreme immune response to parasite, averting multi-organ damage
Osaka (April 3, 2017) - Research at Osaka University identifies novel role for BATF2 protein in controlling immune response to Chagas disease parasite infection, preventing immunopathology
Artificial pancreas improves blood sugar control in young kids
Orlando USA (April 3, 2017) -An artificial pancreas, which delivers insulin in an automated way to individuals with type 1 diabetes, appears to be safe and effective for use in children ages 5 to 8 years, a new study finds. Results will be presented Tuesday at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Empagliflozin Use Supported in Patients With DM Post-Cardiac Transplantation
Orlando, USA (April 2, 2017) Empagliflozin use in patients with type 2 diabetes following cardiac transplantation appears to be safe and beneficial, according to findings presented at ENDO 2017, April 1-4, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.
National Donate Life Month
April 1 - DonateLife.net - National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.