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5 Years of AlloSeq cfDNA: Transforming Transplant Patient Care Globally

April 11, 2024 | All

Article by Dr Sílvia Casas, Sr Medical Director at CareDx

For the past five years, the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay has been at the forefront of revolutionizing transplant patient surveillance. This groundbreaking technology has significantly improved the monitoring and management of solid organ transplant recipients worldwide. This article delves into the transformative impact of the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay, exploring its key benefits, applications, and contributions to enhancing patient outcomes.


The Role of AlloSeq cfDNA Assay in Transplant Medicine:

Traditionally, transplant patient management has relied on invasive procedures and imperfect markers to assess graft health and detect rejection. However, the development of molecular genomics for analyzing donor-derived cell-free DNA (dd-cfDNA) circulating in the bloodstream has led to a new era of precision medicine in transplantation. By this non-invasive approach, AlloSeq cfDNA Assay, an IVD kit-based laboratory product, is an equally trusted solution to centralized testing services in regular use. This option of decentralized dd-cfDNA testing provides clinicians with real-time insights into graft status, enabling early detection of rejection episodes and timely intervention. “By conducting a large multi-centric evaluation comparing AlloSeq cfDNA and AlloSure1, we observed a high correlation between the two methods, and consistency between the assays was also confirmed across different clinical scenarios,” reported Dr Olivier Aubert, Transplant Nephrologist at the Necker Hospital, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, and Paris Institute for Transplantation and Organ Regeneration PITOR, Paris, France. AlloSeq cfDNA Assay is the first decentralized dd-cfDNA test that has been directly compared to the broadly implemented and well-characterized centralized dd-cfDNA testing platform AlloSure.


Key Advantages of AlloSeq cfDNA Assay:

One of the primary advantages of the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay is its ability to detect rejection with high sensitivity and specificity. “Unlike conventional methods such as biopsy, which is subjective and can carry risks of complications, the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay offers a minimally invasive and more comprehensive approach to monitoring graft health,” said Dr David Cucchiari, Transplant Nephrologist at Hospital Clínic Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Its high sensitivity allows for the early identification of antibody-mediated rejection episodes, facilitating prompt adjustment of immunosuppressive therapy to mitigate graft damage and improve long-term outcomes. 

Moreover, the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay offers greater convenience for both patients and healthcare providers. With its simple blood draw procedure, patients can undergo monitoring of rejection without the need for hospitalization or invasive interventions. This not only reduces patient discomfort due to the biopsy procedure but also lowers healthcare costs associated with post-transplant care. “It is gratifying seeing that by adopting AlloSeq cfDNA testing into our heart transplant rejection surveillance program, we have been able to safely reduce protocol endomyocardial biopsies by more than 80%”, stated Dr Tímea Teszák, Transplant Cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Centre, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.


Applications Across Transplant Settings:

The applicability of the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay extends to all types of solid organ transplantation, encompassing a wide range of transplant settings. Its versatility across different organ types makes it a valuable tool for transplant centers worldwide: laboratories can efficiently combine samples from different departments in the same assay, while economizing labor processes and improving turnaround time. As we celebrate five years of impactful milestones with the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay, it is also essential to recognize the ongoing product advancements. “At CareDx, we’ve been diligently gathering insights from the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay users over the past five years. Through a dedicated focus on continuous product development, we have been introducing enhanced features aimed at optimizing laboratory workflows”, commented Dr Thierry Viard, Director of R&D at CareDx.  


In conclusion, the AlloSeq cfDNA Assay has emerged as a game-changer in transplant medicine, significantly improving patient outcomes and revolutionizing graft monitoring and management thanks to the unique decentralized approach for dd-cfDNA testing. As we reflect on five years of progress, it is evident that this innovative technology will continue to shape the future of transplant care, offering hope for better outcomes and quality of life for transplant recipients around the globe.


1Manuscript submitted for publication



AlloSeq cfDNA is available as CE/IVD and Research Use only. For local regulatory status, please contact CareDx. AlloSeq cfDNA is only available outside of the United States. AlloSeq is a trademark or registered trademark of CareDx, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the US or other countries. AlloSeq is a registered trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Research Use Only products are not to be used for diagnostic procedures.

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