mTOR inhibitors in kidney transplantation

Abstract

A changing paradigm of treatment of kidney transplant recipients is a new, wider approach to immunosuppression, which should take into account both antiviral and anticancer effects, in addition to cardiovascular protection. Recent observations suggest that the early introduction of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors (mTORi) in association with low dose CNI may offer many of these effects. The present manuscript summarizes benefits and contraindications of combinations with mTORi in kidney transplant immunosuppressive strategies.

Key words: kidney transplantation, mTOR inhibitors, immunosuppressive therapy

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