[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background and Objectives TACSI whole blood system is designed to combine primary and secondary processing of six whole blood bags into plasma units, buffy coat and red blood cell concentrates. The aim of this study was to investigate the specifications and in vitro storage parameters of blood components compared with standard centrifugation and separation processing. Materials and Methods Whole blood bags, collected in CRC kits, were treated on a TACSI whole blood system. They were compared with whole blood bags collected in Composelect kits. In addition to routine quality control analyses, conservation studies were performed on red blood cell concentrates for 42 days and on plasma for 6 months. Platelets pools with five buffy coats were also created, and cellular contamination was evaluated. Results Red blood cell concentrates produced from TACSI whole blood met European quality requirements. For white blood cell count, one individual result exceeded 1 9 10 6 cells/unit. All plasma units fell within specifications for residual cellular contamination and storage parameters. The performances of the TACSI whole blood system allow for the preparation of low volume buffy coats with a recovery of 90% of whole blood platelets. Haemoglobin losses in TACSI BC are smaller, but this did not result in higher haemoglobin content of red cells. These BC are suitable for the production of platelet concentrates. Conclusion From these in vitro data, red blood cell concentrates produced using TACSI whole blood are suitable for clinical use with a quality at least equivalent to the control group.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The following recommendations, which aim at improving the clinical diagnosis ofTRALI and the laboratory investigations that can support it, were drawn up by a working group of the Superior Health Council. TRALI is a complication of blood transfusion that is both serious and underreported. Systematic reporting may help to develop preventive actions. Therefore, the Superior Health Council recommends that there should be a more stringent surveillance of patients who receive a blood component transfusion. The clinician should pay very close attention to any change in the patient's respiratory status (cf. dyspnoea and arterial desaturation), which should be notified systematically to the haemovigilance contact person in the hospital.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Improvement of transfusion security in sub-Saharan countries requires the determination of priorities taking into account the specific context.
One hundred and forty patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) from one clinical centre for SCD in Kisangani, DRC were tested for HBsAg, anti-HIV antibodies, anti-HCV antibodies and for alloantibodies against red blood cells and human leucocyte antigens (HLA).
Thirteen patients had not been transfused and were free of HBV, HIV or HCV infection. HBV, HIV and HCV infections were detected in 2/127 (1.6%), 1/127 (0.9%) and 10/127 (7.9%) transfused patients, respectively. All ten cases of HCV infection were associated with patients who had transfusions prior to the introduction of HCV testing in 2004 (P=0.043). Red blood cells and HLA alloantibodies were detected in 13/127 (10%) and 2/127 (1.6%), respectively.
HCV testing should be a priority. The rhesus (Rh) phenotype, mainly the RhD antigen and the Kell antigen should be assessed in SCD patients. Further extended phenotyping and deleucocytation should not be considered as priorities.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Transcoronary transplantation of progenitor cells has been proposed as a novel therapy for ischemic heart failure. The primary aims were to assess the feasibility of obtaining CD34+ cells from blood without mobilization in chronic conditions and to compare homing with results reported in acute conditions. We also evaluated the effect of CD34+ on endothelial function. In 7 patients with a history of an anterior myocardial infarction (20 +/- 2 months), a large amount of CD34 (18.2 +/- 3.0 x 10(6)) were obtained and an intracoronary infusion into the left anterior descending artery via an over-the-wire balloon catheter was performed. Myocardial homing involved 3.2% +/- 0.6% of injected cells. Endothelial function studied with increasing doses of bradykinin was not significantly modified after 3 months. In the treated group, compared with 5 nonrandomized control patients with a similar clinical history, the only echocardiographic significant change (2-way analysis of variance) was a decrease in end-systolic volume (P < 0.03). In conclusion, large amounts of CD34+ cells can be obtained from blood, without mobilization, in the chronic phase of myocardial infarction. As reported in the acute situation 1 hour after treatment, intracoronary infusion of CD34+ cells results in myocardial homing of a few percents of the cells. In this small group of patients, no effect of this therapy is detected on the endothelial function and only marginal changes are observed on echocardiographic parameters.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The following recommendations, which aim at standardising and rationalising clinical indications for the transfusion of red cells in Belgium, were drawn up by a working group of the Superior Health Council. To this end, the Superior Health Council organised an expert meeting devoted to "Guidelines for the transfusion of red cells" in collaboration with the Belgian Hematological Society. The experts discussed the indications for red cell transfusions, the ideal red cell concentrate, the practical issues of administering red cells, and red cell transfusions in patients in a critical condition. The recommendations formulated by the experts were validated by the working group with the purpose of harmonising red cell transfusion in Belgian hospitals.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An active haemovigilance programme was implemented to survey adverse events (AE) associated with transfusion of platelets photochemically treated with amotosalen and ultraviolet A (PCT-PLT). The results of 5106 transfusions have already been reported. Here we report the results of an additional 7437 PCT-PLT transfusions.
The focus of this ongoing haemovigilance programme is to document all AEs associated with PCT-PLT transfusion. Data collected for AEs include: time of event after starting transfusion, clinical descriptions, vital signs, results from radiographs and bacterial cultures, event severity (Grade 0-4) and causal relationship to PCT-PLT transfusion.
One thousand four hundred patients (mean 60 years, range 1-96) received PCT-PLT transfusions. The majority of the patients (53.4%) had haematology-oncology diseases and required conventional chemotherapy (44.8%) or stem cell transplantation (8.6%). Sixty-eight PCT-PLT transfusions were associated with AE. Acute transfusion reactions (ATR), classified as an AE possibly related, probably related, or related to PCT-PLT transfusions were infrequent (n = 55, 55/7437 = 0.7%) and most were of Grade 1 severity. Thirty-nine patients (39/1400 = 2.8%) experienced one or more ATRs. The most frequently reported signs/symptoms were chills, fever, urticaria, dyspnoea, nausea and vomiting. Five AEs were considered severe (> or = Grade 2); however, no causal relationship to PCT-PLT transfusion was found. Repeated exposure to PCT-PLT did not increase the likelihood of an ATR. No cases of transfusion-related acute lung injury and no deaths due to PCT-PLT transfusions were reported.
Routine transfusion of PCT-PLT is well-tolerated in a wide range of patients. ATRs related to PCT-PLT transfusion were infrequent and most were of mild severity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Extracorporeal photochemotherapy is an immunomodulatory treatment wich is carried out in three steps: first leukapheresis, then ex vivo PUVA treatment and finally autologous transfusion. Its current "evidence-based" indications are erythrodermic cutaneous lymphoma, graft versus host disease and cardiac graft rejection. However this treatment has already been used with success in many other diseases such as systemic sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and various autoimmune dermatologic diseases. Randomised controlled studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of photopheresis in these diseases. We also review the different hypotheses explaining the mechanism of action of photopheresis.
Revue medicale de Bruxelles 01/2007; 28(5):445-51.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Long-term results of organ transplantation are still limited by serious side effects of immunosuppressive drugs. A major issue, therefore, is to elaborate novel therapeutic protocols allowing withdrawal or minimization of immunosuppressive therapy after transplantation. We report on 3 patients prospectively enrolled in an original protocol designed to promote graft acceptance in living donor liver transplantation, using posttransplant conditioning with high doses of antithymocyte globulin followed by injection of donor-derived stem cells. In 2 patients, early immunosuppression withdrawal was possible, without subsequent graft deterioration. In these 2 cases, in vitro studies showed indices of immunological tolerance as assessed by specific hyporesponsiveness to donor alloantigens in mixed lymphocytes culture. In the third patient, acute rejection rapidly occurred after discontinuation of immunosuppression, and minimal immunosuppression has to be maintained during long-term follow-up. In this case, a clearly distinct immunoreactive profile was observed as compared to tolerant patients, as no specific modulation of the antidonor response was observed in vitro. Of note, no macrochimerism could be detected in any of the 3 patients during the follow-up. In conclusion, these clinical observations demonstrated that, despite the absence of macrochimerism, donor stem cells infusion combined with recipient conditioning may allow early immunosuppression withdrawal or minimization after liver transplantation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Dendritic cells derived from monocytes cultured in the presence of type I interferon were found to induce efficient T cell responses against tumor antigens in vitro. We vaccinated eight stage III or IV melanoma patients with dendritic cells generated with interferon-beta and interleukin-3, activated by poly I: C, and pulsed with the tumor-specific antigen NA17.A2. This dendritic cell vaccine was well-tolerated with only minor and transient flu-like symptoms and inflammatory reactions at the injection sites. In most patients, isotopic imaging documented dendritic cells (DC) migration from the intradermal injection site to the draining lymph nodes. Finally, mixed lymphocyte-peptide culture under limiting dilution conditions followed by tetramer labeling indicated that three out of eight patients mounted a CD8 T cell response against the NA17.A2 antigenic peptide. We conclude that DC generated in type I-IFN represent an interesting alternative to DC generated in IL-4 and GM-CSF for cancer immunotherapy.
Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy 05/2006; 55(4):469-74. DOI:10.1007/s00262-005-0056-z · 3.94 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Granulocyte--colony-stimulating factor administered for autologous hematopoietic stem cell isolation from blood may favor restenosis in patients implanted after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We therefore tested the isolation of peripheral-blood CD34+ cells without mobilization in six patients with AMI. After large-volume cytapheresis and positive CD34+ cell selection, 3.6 to 27.6 million CD34+ cells were obtained. We performed intra-coronary implantation of these cells and recorded no restenosis or arrhythmia. We used positron emission tomography (PET) to assess myocardial-labeled CD34+ cell homing, which accounted for 5.5% of injected cells 1 hour after implantation. In conclusion, large amounts of CD34+ cells, in the range reported in previous studies, can be obtained from nonmobilized peripheral blood. PET with [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose cell labeling is an efficient imaging method for homing assessment.