Mar 25, 2020

Influence of HLA 1-3-locus mismatch and antithymocyte globulin administration in unrelated bone marrow transplantation

Annals of Hematology
Koji KawamuraY Kanda


For patients without an HLA-matched donor, an HLA-mismatched unrelated donor (MMUD) has been considered as an alternative donor in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). We conducted a nationwide retrospective study to compare the transplant outcomes among 1-, 2-, and 3-locus (allele/antigen) mismatched unrelated donors (1MMUD n = 2044, 2MMUD n = 492, and 3MMUD n = 73) in allo-HCT and to assess the impact of antithymocyte globulin (ATG) in allo-HCT from 1-3MMUD. 2MMUD and 3MMUD were independent significant adverse factors for grade III-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) (hazard ratio [HR] 1.72, p < 0.001 and HR 2.48, p < 0.001), non-relapse mortality (NRM) (HR 1.47, p < 0.001 and HR 2.00, p < 0.001), and overall survival (OS) (HR 1.21, p = 0.0066 and HR 1.60, p = 0.0015). Conversely, the use of ATG was an independent favorable factor for grade III-IV acute GVHD (HR 0.43, p < 0.001), NRM (HR 0.51, p < 0.001), and OS (HR 0.74, p = 0.0012). On the other hand, HLA compatibility and the use of ATG were not associated with a risk of relapse. An interaction test between the number of HLA mismatches and the use of ATG revealed that the effect of ATG on NRM and OS in the 2MMUD group was significantly less than ...Continue Reading

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Bone Marrow
Lymphocyte Immune Globulin, Anti-Thymocyte Globulin
Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Donor Person
Retrospective Studies

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