Toxoplasma infection in kidney donors and transplant recipients from Western Mexico: A one-year follow-up uri icon


  • © 2019 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons LtdPurpose: Solid organ transplant recipients are highly susceptible to Toxoplasma gondii infection. We aimed to describe the 12-month follow-up risk of seroconversion in renal transplant recipients. Methodology: Anti-T gondii antibodies were investigated in donors and recipients of renal transplants. In donors, anti-T gondii were evaluated before transplantation. In recipients, anti-T gondii were monitored over a 12-month period to evaluate potential seroconversion or reactivation. IgG and IgM anti-T gondii antibodies were investigated through enzyme immunoassay and Western blot. Molecular diagnosis was performed on peripheral blood leukocytes using PCR to amplify fragments corresponding to the T gondii B1 gene and the repetitive 529-bp element. Results: The basal frequency of seropositive IgG anti-T gondii antibodies was higher in donors than in recipients (38.4% vs 25.2%; P =.03). During the 12-month follow-up, the accumulated seroconversion to IgG and IgM antibodies was 3/99 (3.0%), and the accumulated reactivation was 11/99 (11.0%). None of the samples exhibited positivity to T gondii DNA. Conclusions: This study showed that there is an increased risk of seroconversion or reactivation in renal transplant recipients over a 12-month follow-up. Our data suggest that prophylaxis with trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole effectively prevented toxoplasmosis, since neither T gondii DNA nor clinical toxoplasmosis was detected.

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  • October 1, 2019