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The utilization of kidneys from donors with acute kidney injury (AKI) is often limited by unpredictable post-transplantation outcomes. The aim of our study was to identify protein mediators implicated in either recovery or failure of these organs. Forty kidney biopsies from donors with (20) and without AKI (20) were selected and then subdivided according to the post-transplant outcome defined as a threshold of 45 ml/min for the eGFR at 1 year from transplantation. Tissue homogenates were analysed by western blot to assess how the levels of 17 pre-selected proteins varied across the four groups. Samples from AKI kidneys with a poor outcome showed a fourfold increase in the levels of PPARg and twofold reduction of STAT1 compared to the other groups (p 

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Humans, Kidney Transplantation, PPAR gamma, Graft Survival, Tissue Donors, Kidney, Acute Kidney Injury, Biopsy, Retrospective Studies