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CMV T Cell Immunity in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

CMV infection and disease remain a significant clinical challenge for pediatric solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. Current prevention strategies are limited to prophylaxis in which antiviral medication is administered for a period of several months or preemption in which close monitoring of CMV viral load from the peripheral blood is performed and treatment is initiated when CMV is detected. Each of these strategies has risks, costs, and limitations associated with it. Recently, assays for measurement of an individual patient's CMV immunity have been developed and are clinically available. One of these is the Viracor CMV T cell Immunity Panel. This flow cytometry based assay is performed on peripheral blood and measures cytokine release in response to CMV antigen stimulation by flow cytometry. The thresholds for this assay that confer protection against CMV infection in pediatric SOT recipients are not known. Defining CMV-specific cell mediated immune response thresholds that confer protection against CMV reactivation could inform patient specific durations of antiviral prophylaxis or pre-emptive surveillance testing. Therefore, the objective of this study is to quantify CMVresponsive T lymphocyte populations by flow cytometry (Viracor CMV T cell Immunity Panel) in pediatric heart, kidney, and liver transplant recipients within the first year of transplantation and to investigate potential threshold values that correlate with protection against CMV infection (DNAemia).

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Collaborator: ViraCor Laboratories

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Other: CMV T cell Immunity Assay


Inclusion Criteria:

   1. < 18 years of age at the time of pre-transplant enrollment

   2. Potential subject is undergoing evaluation or is currently listed for isolated heart,
   kidney, or liver transplantation at a participating transplant center OR is
   anticipated to undergo living-donor kidney or liver transplantation

   3. Anticipated to receive ≤ 200 days of antiviral chemoprophylaxis

Note: Subjects who are consented, enrolled, and undergo transplantation at <18 years of age
will remain in the study and be followed post-transplant according to the study plan after
they turn 18 years of age. Subjects will be re-consented to remain in the study at their
first study visit after turning 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

I. Exclusion Criteria pre-transplant

   1. Prior history of any organ transplant

   2. Prior history of hematopoietic cell transplant

   3. Anticipated to receive more than one organ at the time of transplant

   4. Anticipated to receive > 200 days of CMV antiviral chemoprophylaxis as part of the
   local transplant center's standard CMV prevention protocol

   5. History of underlying primary (genetic) T cell immune deficiency

II. Exclusion Criteria post-enrollment A) Removal from study due to minimal risk for CMV

   1. CMV seronegative children >= 12 months of age will be enrolled pre-transplant but will
   subsequently be excluded from the study IF they receive an organ from a CMV
   seronegative donor (CMV D-/R-).

   2. Infants <12 months will be considered seronegative regardless of their CMV IgG status
   (whether or not this testing was obtained by the local transplant center) UNLESS the
   infant has a positive pre-transplant CMV culture (from urine) or a positive
   pre-transplant CMV PCR (from urine, saliva, or blood). Infants <12 months of age
   without evidence of prior CMV infection (as defined by these preceding criteria) will
   be excluded from post-transplant follow up IF they receive an organ from a CMV
   seronegative donor due to low risk for post-transplant CMV infection. Infants <12
   months of age with evidence of prior CMV infection (as defined above) will remain in
   the study following transplantation.

B) Removal from study due to age

a. Subjects who are enrolled at <18 years of age but are not transplanted prior to their
18th birthday will be removed from the study and will not have further pre- or
post-transplant follow up.

Ages Eligible for Study

N/A - 17 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Not Recruiting