OBM Transplantation (ISSN 2577-5820) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc., which covers all evidence-based scientific studies related to transplantation, including: transplantation procedures and the maintenance of transplanted tissues or organs; assimilation of grafted tissue and the reconstitution of removed organs or parts of organs; transplantation of heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreatic islets and bone marrow, etc. Areas related to clinical and experimental transplantation are also of interest.

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Special Issue

Biomarkers in Transplantation

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Mazhar A. Kanak, PhD

Assistant Professor, Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA, USA

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Research Interests: Inflammation in islet transplantation; Nuclear Factor Kappa B (NFkB) regulation in inflammatory response; Mechanism of islet rejection; Diabetes Type 1 and 2 development; Biomarkers in transplantation; Tolerance induction; Novel immunosuppression for transplantation; Strategies to improve islet transplantation

About This Topic

Transplantation of organs, tissues, and cells as a cure for life threatening diseases is being performed for several decades now. The major challenge is to keep the graft healthy and alive for the lifetime of the patient. The use of immunosuppression has somewhat favored survival of graft but only temporarily. Detection and management of graft failure early enough to intervene the process of rejection has been widely sought. Biomarkers are molecular, biochemical, or morphological profiles or observations that can be used to monitor graft function, graft loss (acute/chronic), antibody mediated rejection, immune status of the patients etc. Several sources of biomarkers have been explored including protein signatures, mRNA expression, miRNA profiles, cell-free DNA and exosomal analysis. Technological advancement has enabled significant progress towards the development of novel biomarkers. Biomarkers in transplantation can be used to monitor immunosuppression profile, reduce morbidity, improve long-term graft survival and life-expectancy of the patient.

The scope of this special issue will be to introduce the role of biomarkers in transplantation, discuss the biomarkers currently in clinical practice in various forms of transplantation, and demonstrate the use of new technologies and research involved in the development of biomarkers. This special issue is open to all authors involved in the study and development of biomarkers in the area of clinical transplantation.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (transplantation@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Research Article

Aspiration of Gastrointestinal Material and Induction of Fibronectin Expression in Lung Transplant Recipients: Implications for Early Airway Remodeling

Received: 29 November 2018;  Published: 20 February 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.1901051


Background: Gastroesophageal reflux disease has been associated with allograft dysfunction in lung transplant (LTX) recipients. While the mechanisms are unclear it is postulated that microaspiration of gastrointestinal material (GIM) leads to inflammation and airway remodeling that culminates in obliterative bronchiolitis. Expression of [...]
Open Access Research Article

Identifying Novel Biomarkers of Frailty in Cirrhosis: Results from an Unbiased Proteomics Search from the Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation (FrAILT) Study

Received: 08 November 2018;  Published: 28 November 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.1804028


BACKGROUND: Patients with cirrhosis suffer not only from commonly-diagnosed portal hypertensive complications such as ascites and hepatic encephalopathy but also from more insidious effects of chronic liver failure including muscle wasting, under-nutrition, and functional decline. These manifestations of physical frailty have been demonstrated [...]
Open Access Original Research

MicroRNAs as Potential Markers for Advantageous Perfusion in a Preclinical Donation after Cardiac Death Animal Model of Oxygenated Hypothermic Machine Perfusion (HOPE)

Received: 22 March 2018;  Published: 21 June 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.1802012


Background: Extended criteria donors and donation after cardiac death donors provide organs which tend to be more sensitive to the stress of preservation. There is a lack of evidence about the potential role of oxygen in preservation techniques, and literature comparing oxygenated and non-oxygenated techniques is very limited. The aim of the [...]