Barker, J.N. et al. Transplantation of 2 partially HLA-matched umbilical cord blood units to enhance engraftment in adults with hematologic malignancy. Blood 105, 1343-1347

Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Division of Medical and Pediatric Oncology, University of Minnesota, Box 480, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA. .
Blood (Impact Factor: 10.45). 02/2005; 105(3):1343-7. DOI: 10.1182/blood-2004-07-2717
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Limited umbilical cord blood (UCB) cell dose compromises the outcome of adult UCB transplantation. Therefore, to augment graft cell dose, we evaluated the safety of the combined transplantation of 2 partially human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched UCB units. Twenty-three patients with high-risk hematologic malignancy (median age, 24 years; range, 13-53 years) received 2 UCB units (median infused dose, 3.5 x 10(7) nucleated cell [NC]/kg; range, 1.1-6.3 x 10(7) NC/kg) after myeloablative conditioning. All evaluable patients (n = 21) engrafted at a median of 23 days (range, 15-41 days). At day 21, engraftment was derived from both donors in 24% of patients and a single donor in 76% of patients, with 1 unit predominating in all patients by day 100. Although neither nucleated or CD34(+) cell doses nor HLA-match predicted which unit would predominate, the predominating unit had a significantly higher CD3(+) dose (P < .01). Incidences of grades II-IV and III-IV acute GVHD were 65% (95% confidence interval [CI], 42%-88%) and 13% (95% CI, 0%-26%), respectively. Disease-free survival was 57% (95% CI, 35%-79%) at 1 year, with 72% (95% CI, 49%-95%) of patients alive if they received transplants while in remission. Therefore, transplantation of 2 partially HLA-matched UCB units is safe, and may overcome the cell-dose barrier that limits the use of UCB in many adults and adolescents.

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    • "For this reason CB HSPCs are mainly used for the therapy of children. After the successful attempt to use two CB units for a single transplant, also adult patients were able to be cured with CB HSPCs [10] [11]. Moreover, it has been suggested that CB can be a source of stem cells other http://dx.doi. "
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