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Nancy Bigley (Committee Chair), Julian Cambronero (Committee Member), Andrew Hsu (Other), Barbara Hull (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


IgA nephropathy is one of the most common kidney diseases worldwide. Most IgA nephropathy patients will undergo a kidney transplant as a treatment. Treatment currently includes the use of immunosuppressants which are necessary to prevent graft rejection but present harmful side-effects when taken long-term. This review focuses on strategies which have the ability to promote tolerance of both donor and recipient cells within a transplant recipient. Such strategies allow development of mixed chimerism and thereby alleviate the need for long-term immunosuppressant usage in allograft recipients. These strategies could be applied to IgA nephropathy patients to allow kidney allograft acceptance without the use of long-term immunosuppressant usage. These strategies may prevent recurrence of IgA nephropathy in kidney grafts.

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Department or Program

Microbiology and Immunology

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