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H X Liu, J Yang, J L Jiang, Y Cai, L P Wan, L Wu, S Shao, C Wang
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (RIC-allo-HSCT) for patients with myelofibrosis (MF). Methods: The clinical data of 10 patients with myelofibrosis (MF) who underwent RIC-allo-HSCT. Results: Of all 10 patients, 6 were male and 4 women, with a median age of 28.5 (22-54). Using fludarabine/busulfan plus total body irradiation (FB+TBI) pretreatment scheme based. Hematopoiesis reconstitution was achieved in 9 patients (90%)...
March 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
X D Chu, E L Chen, X Y Zhu, B L Tang, C C Zheng, K D Song, X H Zhang, J Tong, X Wan, L Zhang, H L Liu, Z M Sun
Objective: To explore the clinical efficacy and safety of unrelated umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT) in the treatment of refractory and relapsed acute leukemia (AL) patients. Methods: The clinical data of 22 refractory and relapsed AL patients who were treated with UCBT as salvage therapy from November 2009 to May 2017 were retrospectively analyzed. All patients received a myeloablative conditioning regimen for prevention of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) with cyclosporine A (CSA)/short course of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)...
February 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Frederic Baron, Myriam Labopin, Annalisa Ruggeri, Jan J Cornelissen, Ellen Meijer, Henrik Sengeloev, Dietger Niederwieser, Marco R de Groot, Harry C Schouten, Noel-Jean Milpied, Didier Blaise, Bipin Savani, Eliane Gluckman, Mohamad Mohty, Arnon Nagler
PURPOSE: We assessed the impact of donor type in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients transplanted with 2 Gy total body irradiation (TBI)-based nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen. Experimental Design: Data from 1715 adult patients, with AML in CR1 or CR2 were included in this retrospective survey. RESULTS: Donors consisted either of HLA-matched sibling donors (MSD, n=701), 10/10 HLA-matched unrelated donors (MUD, n=611), HLA-haplo-identical donors (haplo, n=112) or single or double umbilical cord bloods (CBT, n=291)...
March 19, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Alfonso Molina, Drew J Winston, Darren Pan, Gary J Schiller
Nocardial infections have been rare after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We report 10 recent cases of late-onset nocardiosis (median time of onset of 508 days after transplantation) primarily in patients on high doses of corticosteroids for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). All 10 patients had pulmonary infection caused by Nocardia species susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX). At time of diagnosis, 8 of 10 patients were not receiving TMP-SMX for prophylaxis of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) (7 on atovaquone, 1 on intravenous pentamidine)...
March 16, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Mahasweta Gooptu, Haesook T Kim, Vincent T Ho, Edwin P Alyea, John Koreth, Philippe Armand, Jerome Ritz, Sarah Nikiforow, Brett E Glotzbecker, Prashant Nageshwar, Robert J Soiffer, Joseph H Antin, Corey S Cutler
INTRODUCTION: With improvement in transplantation practices in the modern era, non-relapse mortality (NRM) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has improved, while disease relapse rates have remained unchanged. Survival outcomes are therefore driven by NRM in the modern era. Myeloablative conditioning (MAC) regimens are used to maximize disease control and facilitate engraftment; however their use is often limited by toxicity. The commonly used MAC regimens incorporate either chemotherapy plus total body irradiation (TBI) or combination chemotherapy...
March 16, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Jiexian Ma, Yingwei Hu, Min Wu, Xiaoqin Wang, Yanhui Xie
Patients who receive a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) exhibit an immune defect after recovering from neutropenia. The current guidelines do not recommend fungal prophylaxis in these patients, except for grades III to IV GVHD in HSCT. Thus, the timing for the initiation and cessation of IFI prophylaxis in immune-compromised patients remains a challenging endeavor. We retrospectively analyzed patients who received auto or allo-HSCT and monitored their immune function after recovering from neutropenia by measuring the levels of IgG, IgA, IgM, as well as the number of T, B, NK cells...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
X Chen, J L Wei, Y Huang, E L Jiang, Q L Ma, W H Zhai, Y He, R L Zhang, D L Yang, J F Yao, G X Zhang, S Z Feng, M Z Han
Objective: To compare eficacy and safety of porcine antihuman lymphocyte immunoglobulin (pALG) and rabbit antithymocyte immunoglobulin (rATG) as a part of alternative donor allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AD allo-HSCT) for severe aplastic anemia (SAA). Methods: The clinical data of 46 SAA patients received AD allo-HSCT from January 2006 to November 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. The cohort of patients were divided into two groups based on rATG or pALG as a part of conditioning regimen to compare implantation rate, transplantation related complications and outcome...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Dmitry Balashov, Alexandra Laberko, Anna Shcherbina, Pavel Trakhtman, Dmitrii Abramov, Elena Gutovskaya, Svetlana Kozlovskaya, Larisa Shelikhova, Galina Novichkova, Michael Maschan, Alexander Rumiantsev, Alexei Maschan
Our initial experience of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a matched unrelated donor (MUD; n=12) or a haploidentical related donor (n=6) with TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) patients (n=18) showed a dramatic decrease in the incidence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and transplant-related mortality, with an increased rate of overall survival (OS) of 88,9%. Unfortunately, the treatment was associated with mixed myeloid donor chimerism and secondary graft dysfunction (severe thrombocytopenia, n=2; graft rejection, n=5)...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Fevzi F Yalniz, Mohammad H Murad, Stephanie J Lee, Steven Z Pavletic, Nandita Khera, Nilay D Shah, Shahrukh K Hashmi
Given the increasing incidence of cGVHD and its rapidly escalating costs due to many lines of drug treatments, we aimed to perform a meta-analysis to assess the comparative effectiveness of various treatment options. Using these results, we then conducted a cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) for the frequently utilized agents in SR-cGVHD. We searched for studies examining tacrolimus, sirolimus, rituximab, ruxolitinib, hydroxychloroquine, imatinib, bortezomib, ibrutinib, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP), pomalidomide and methotrexate...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Ugur Sahin, Klara Dalva, Funda Gungor, Celalettin Ustun, Meral Beksac
Impact of donor-recipient killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) gene-gene matching on transplant outcomes is still inconclusive. Recent data suggest that killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) regulated natural killer cell (NK cell) activity may contribute to graft versus leukemia (GvL) effects and graft versus host disease (GvHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). This case-control study aims to evaluate the effects of both aKIR and iKIR donor-recipient genotype matching on the outcomes of T cell replete HLA-identical sibling allo-HSCTs in a homogenous young patient population with myeloid leukemias...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Ameera Gaafar, Atia Sheereen, Fahad Almohareb, Abdelmoneim Eldali, Naeem Chaudhri, Said Y Mohamed, Amr Hanbali, Marwan Shaheen, Feras Alfraih, Riad El Fakih, Alia Iqneibi, Riad Youniss, Tusneem Elhassan, Shahrukh Hashmi, Mahmud Aljurf, Khalid Alhussein
NK cell activity is tuned by a balance of activating and inhibitory signals transmitted via their respective receptors, including killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs). The impact of NK cells on graft-versus-leukemia following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is well established. These effects sometimes lead to GvHD. The link between KIR/HLA interaction and GvHD remains unclear. Herein, we studied the impact of the KIR/HLA interaction on HSCT outcomes in a longitudinal follow-up study of a highly consanguineous HLA-matched related cohort...
March 16, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Christelle Retière, Catherine Willem, Thierry Guillaume, Henri Vié, Laetitia Gautreau-Rolland, Emmanuel Scotet, Xavier Saulquin, Katia Gagne, Marie C Béné, Berthe-Marie Imbert, Beatrice Clemenceau, Pierre Peterlin, Alice Garnier, Patrice Chevallier
We have compared prospectively the outcome and immune reconstitution of patients receiving either post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCY) ( n = 30) or anti-thymocyte globulin ATG ( n = 15) as Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis after reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation (allo-SCT). The outcome and immune reconstitution of patients receiving either of these two regimens were compared prospectively. This study allowed also to investigate the impact of PTCY between haplo-identical vs matched donors and of clofarabine as part of the RIC regimen...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Hannah Major-Monfried, Anne S Renteria, Attaphol Pawarode, Pavan Reddy, Francis Ayuk, Ernst Holler, Yvonne A Efebera, William J Hogan, Matthias Wölfl, Muna Qayed, Elizabeth O Hexner, Kitsada Wudhikarn, Rainer Ordemann, Rachel Young, Jay Shah, Matthew J Hartwell, Mohammed Chaudhry, Mina Aziz, Aaron Etra, Gregory A Yanik, Nicolaus Kröger, Daniela Weber, Yi-Bin Chen, Ryotaro Nakamura, Wolf Rösler, Carrie L Kitko, Andrew C Harris, Michael Pulsipher, Ran Reshef, Steven Kowalyk, George Morales, Ivan Torres, Umut Özbek, James L M Ferrara, John E Levine
Acute graft versus host disease (GVHD) is treated with systemic corticosteroid immunosuppression. Clinical response after one week of therapy often guides further treatment decisions, but long term outcomes vary widely between centers and more accurate predictive tests are urgently needed. We analyzed clinical data and blood samples taken after one week of systemic treatment for GVHD from 507 patients from 17 centers of the Mount Sinai Acute GVHD International Consortium (MAGIC), dividing them into test (n=236) and two validation cohorts separated in time (n = 142 and 129, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: Blood
Annalisa Ruggeri, Myriam Labopin, Andrea Bacigalupo, Boris Afanasyev, Jan J Cornelissen, Ahmet Elmaagacli, Maija Itälä-Remes, Didier Blaise, Ellen Meijer, Yener Koc, Noel Milpied, Harry C Schouten, Nicolaus Kroeger, Mohamad Mohty, Arnon Nagler
BACKGROUND: Experience using post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis in allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from matched sibling donors (MSD) or unrelated donors (UD) is limited and with controversial results. The study aim was to evaluate PT-Cy as GVHD prophylaxis post-HSCT from MSD and UD transplants. We analyzed 423 patients with acute leukemia who received PT-Cy alone or in combination with other immunosuppressive (IS) drugs as GVHD prophylaxis...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Lisa M Sharkey, Sarah Peacock, Neil K Russell, Stephen J Middleton, Andrew J Butler
Graft versus host disease (GVHD) following transplantation of an intestine-containing graft occurs more frequently than with other solid organ transplants and is known to have a poor outcome. The presentation differs from other solid organ transplants, as the gastrointestinal tract is not involved following intestinal transplant. Diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms arising due to native tissue damage and the detection of donor T lymphocytes in circulating blood (T cell chimerism). The ideal treatment strategy has not been defined, with advocates for both increased or decreased immunosuppression...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
Kotoe Iesato, Tsukasa Hori, Yuko Yoto, Masaki Yamamoto, Natsuko Inazawa, Kenichi Kamo, Hiroshi Ikeda, Satoshi Iyama, Naoki Hatakeyama, Akihiro Iguchi, Junichi Sugita, Ryoji Kobayashi, Nobuhiro Suzuki, Hiroyuki Tsutsumi
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) frequently experience HHV-6 reactivation typically during early phase following HSCT. However, the long-term clinical complications and prognosis among such patients remain unclear. METHODS: Between September 2010 and October 2012, whole blood samples from 105 patients collected weekly from prior to 6 weeks after HSCT underwent multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to screen for viral DNA, followed by real-time PCR for quantitative estimation...
March 14, 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Xingxing Yu, Lingling Xu, Yingjun Chang, Xiaojun Huang, Xiangyu Zhao
The balance between immunostimulation and immunoregulation in T cell immunity is achieved by maintaining specific ratios of Th1, Th2, Th3 and Tr1 cells. Here, we investigate levels of type 1 (IFN-gamma; NK1), type 2 (IL-13; NK2), type 3 (TGF-beta; NK3) and regulatory (IL-10; NKr) cytokines in peripheral blood to assess the cytokine profiles of natural killer (NK) cells following human allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). NK2 and NK3 cell expansion was observed after allo-HSCT; levels of NKr cells reached donor levels at day 15, though levels of NK1 cells were consistently lower than donor levels until day 60 after allo-HSCT...
March 9, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Antonella Mancusi, Sara Piccinelli, Andrea Velardi, Antonio Pierini
FoxP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a subset of CD4+ T cells that can suppress proliferation and effector functions of T cells, B cells, NK cells, and antigen-presenting cells. Treg deficiency causes dramatic immunologic disease in both animal models and humans. As they are capable to suppress the function and the proliferation of conventional CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, Treg-based cell therapies are under evaluation for the treatment of various autoimmune diseases and are currently employed to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in clinical trials of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Lambros Kordelas, Fabiola da Silva Nardi, Bettina Wagner, Markus Ditschkowski, Tobias Liebregts, Monika Lindemann, Falko M Heinemann, Peter A Horn, Dietrich W Beelen, Vera Rebmann
HLA-G is a non-classical class I molecule which induces tolerance in allogeneic situations by inhibition of cytotoxic NK and CD8 + T cells and by induction of regulatory T cells. Concordantly, in solid organ transplantation HLA-G is associated with a lower risk for acute and chronic rejection, whereas its role in allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is less established. We here present detailed analyses of HLA-G-levels in patients after allo-SCT showing a correlation of elevated soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G) levels with less severe acute (p = 0...
March 14, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Arti Nanda, Maitham A A Husain, Waleed Al-Herz, Adla Almekaimi, Humoud Al-Sabah, Mohammad Al-Otaibi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a treatment option for many life-threatening disorders in children. Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a significant complication of HSCT, and its treatment is challenging. Skin is the most common organ affected in cGVHD, with protean manifestations posing a challenge in diagnosis and management. The objective was to have a better understanding of the spectrum of chronic cutaneous GVHD (cc-GVHD) in children...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
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