Background Weight gain early after transplant is a risk factor for posttransplant metabolic syndrome (PTMS), cardiovascular events, and renal insufficiency. The impact of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibition on posttransplant weight gain and the development of PTMS components postliver transplantation were examined in a randomized, controlled study. Methods After a run-in period, patients (N = 719) were randomized at 30 ± 5 days posttransplant in a 1:1:1 ratio to 3 treatment groups: (i) everolimus (EVR) + reduced tacrolimus (TAC) (n = 245); (ii) TAC control (n = 243) or (iii) TAC elimination (n = 231). In this post hoc analysis, weight change at 12 and 24 months was compared between groups. Vital signs, lipids, and laboratory parameters at 12 and 24 months and rates of PTMS were assessed. Results Mean increase in weight from baseline was higher at month 12 in the TAC control arm (8.15 ± 9.27 kg) than in the EVR + reduced TAC (5.88 ± 12.60 kg, P = 0.056) and the TAC elimination arms (4.76 ± 9.94 kg, P = 0.007). At month 24, the TAC control arm displayed a significantly greater weight increase (9.54 ± 10.21 kg) than either the EVR + reduced TAC (6.69 ± 8.37 kg, P = 0.011) or the TAC elimination groups (6.01 ± 9.98 kg, P = 0.024). Rates of PTMS were similar for the EVR + reduced TAC (71.8%), TAC elimination (70.3%) and TAC control (67.4%) arms (P = NS). Conclusions EVR with reduced-exposure TAC attenuated weight gain at 1 and 2 years posttransplant compared with a standard TAC immunosuppression regimen. Rates of PTMS were comparable between EVR-containing and TAC control regimens.
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