Thymus transplantation.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Thymus transplantation is a promising investigational therapy for infants born with no thymus. Because of the athymia, these infants lack T cell development and have a severe primary immunodeficiency. Although thymic hypoplasia or aplasia is characteristic of DiGeorge anomaly, in "complete" DiGeorge anomaly, there is no detectable thymus as determined by the absence of naive (CD45RA(+), CD62L(+)) T cells. Transplantation of postnatal allogeneic cultured thymus tissue was performed in sixty subjects with complete DiGeorge anomaly who were under the age of 2 years. Recipient survival was over 70%. Naive T cells developed 3-5 months after transplantation. The graft recipients were able to discontinue antibiotic prophylaxis, and immunoglobulin replacement. Immunosuppression was used in a subset of subjects but was discontinued when naive T cells developed. The adverse events have been acceptable with thyroid disease being the most common. Research continues on mechanisms underlying immune reconstitution after thymus transplantation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Markert, ML; Devlin, BH; McCarthy, EA

Published Date

  • May 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 135 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 236 - 246

PubMed ID

  • 20236866

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3646264

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-7035

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.clim.2010.02.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States