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Role of mTOR inhibitors for the control of viral infection in solid organ transplant recipients

Sep 7, 2016 | Magazine: Transplant Infectious Disease

Pascual J (1,2,3), Royuela A (4), Fernández AM (5,6), Herrero I (7), Delgado JF (8), Solé A (9), Guirado L (5,10), Serrano T (11), de la Torre-Cisneros J (12), Moreno A (13), Cordero E (14), Gallego R (15), Lumbreras C (16), Aguado JM (16); Spanish Society of Transplantation Virological and Immune Response Investigation Study Group.
(1) Department of Nephrology, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain.
(2) Institut Mar for Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain.
(3) REDINREN Spanish Network for Renal Research RD12/0021.
(4) Clinical Biostatistics Unit, Puerta de Hierro University Hospital, Instituto de Investigacion Puerta de Hierro (IDIPHIM), Madrid, Spain.
(5) REDINREN Spanish Network for Renal Research RD12/0021.
(6) Department of Nephrology, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, IRICYS, Madrid, Spain.
(7) Liver Unit, Clínica Universidad de Navarra; CIBERehd, IdiSNA, Pamplona, Spain.
(8) Department of Cardiology, Institute of Investigation 1+12, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain.
(9) Lung Transplant Unit, Hospital Universitario y Politecnico la FE, Universidad de Valencia, Spain.
(10) Department of Nephrology, Fundació Puigvert, Barcelona, Spain.
(11) Liver Unit, University Hospital Lozano Blesa, Zaragoza, IIS Aragon, Spain.
(12) Clinical Unit of Infectious Diseases, Hospital Universitario Reina Sofia, IMIBIC-UCO, Córdoba, Spain.
(13) Infectious Diseases Service, Hospital Clinic-IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
(14) Department of Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBiS), Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío, CSIC, University of Seville, Seville, Spain.
(15) Department of Nephrology, Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr Negrin, Gran Canaria, Spain.
(16) Unit of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Investigation 1+12, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain. 


Appropriate post-transplant immunosuppressive regimens that avoid acute rejection, while reducing risk of viral reactivation, have been sought, but remain a chimera. Recent evidence suggesting potential regulatory and antiviral effects of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors (mTORi) is of great interest.

Although the concept of an immunosuppressive drug with antiviral properties is not new, little effort has been made to put the evidence together to assess the management of immunosuppressive therapy in the presence of a viral infection.

This review was developed to gather the evidence on antiviral activity of the mTORi against the viruses that most commonly reactivate in adult solid organ recipients: cytomegalovirus (CMV), polyomavirus, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). A rapid review methodology and evaluation of quality and consistency of evidence based on the GRADE system was used.

The existing literature was variable in nature, although indicating a potential advantage of mTORi in CMV, polyomavirus, and HHV8 infection, and a most doubtful relation with EBV and HCV infection.

Several recommendations about the management of these infections are presented that can change certain current patterns of immunosuppression and help to improve the prognosis of the direct and indirect effects of viral infection in solid organ recipients.

CITATION  Transpl Infect Dis. 2016 Dec;18(6):819-831. doi: 10.1111/tid.12601

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