Pharmacology of immunosuppressive medications used in renal diseases and transplantation

Angelo M. De Mattos, Ali J. Olyaei, William M. Bennett

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As understanding of the molecular basis for the immune response has expanded rapidly, so have the possibilities for designing therapeutic interventions that are more effective, more specific, and safer than current treatment options. The promise of therapeutic advances in the future is based on the rapidly expanding insights into the pathogenesis of abnormal immunologic reactions. Nowhere is the understanding of molecular mechanisms, pathophysiology, and targeted therapy more relevant than in the field of renal transplantation, which makes up much of the clinical database for the use of immunosuppressive therapy for renal disease. Despite the recent advances in basic immunology, clinical validation of new agents and approaches is lacking for most drugs at present. This review will focus in the pharmacology of agents used in the therapy of immunologic renal disease and in renal transplantation. It should be recognized that clinical pharmacology and experience with newer agents is limited, and potential utility is based largely on experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-667
Number of pages37
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1996


  • Pharmacology
  • immunosuppressive drugs
  • renal disease
  • renal transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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