Placental blood as a source of hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation into unrelated recipients.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Transplantation of bone marrow from unrelated donors is limited by a lack of HLA-matched donors and the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Placental blood from sibling donors can reconstitute hematopoiesis. We report preliminary results of transplantation using partially HLA-mismatched placental blood from unrelated donors. METHODS: Twenty-five consecutive patients, primarily children, with a variety of malignant and non-malignant conditions received placental blood from unrelated donors and were evaluated for hematologic and immunologic reconstitution and GVHD. HLA matching was performed before transplantation by serologic typing for class I HLA antigens and low-resolution molecular typing for class II HLA alleles. In donor-recipient pairs who differed by no more than one HLA antigen or allele, high-resolution class II HLA typing was done retrospectively. Fordonor-recipient pairs who were mismatched for two HLA antigens or alleles, high-resolution typing was used prospectively to select the best match for HLA-DRB1. RESULTS: Twenty-four of the 25 donor-recipient pairs were discordant for one to three HLA antigens. In 23 of the 25 transplant recipients, the infused hematopoletic stem cells engrafted. Acute grade III GVHD occurred in 2 of the 21 patients who could be evaluated, and 2 patients had chronic GVHD. In vitro proliferative responses of T cells and B cells to plant mitogens were detected 60 days after transplantation. With a median follow-up of 12 1/2 months and a minimal follow-up of 100 days, the overall 100-day survival rate among these patients was 64 percent, and the overall event-free survival was 48 percent. CONCLUSIONS: HLA-mismatched placental blood from unrelated donors is an alternative source of stem cells for hematopoietic reconstitution in children.

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Cited Authors

  • Kurtzberg, J; Laughlin, M; Graham, ML; Smith, C; Olson, JF; Halperin, EC; Ciocci, G; Carrier, C; Stevens, CE; Rubinstein, P

Published Date

  • July 18, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 335 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 157 - 166

PubMed ID

  • 8657213

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-4793

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1056/NEJM199607183350303


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States