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Long-term survival and transplantation of haemopoietic stem cells for immunodeficiencies: report of the European experience 1968-99

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Cant, Dr Mario Abinun


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Background Transplantation of allogeneic haemopoietic stem cells can cure several primary immunodeficiencies. This European report focuses on the long-term results of such procedures done between 1968 and December, 1999, for primary immunodeficiencies. Methods The report includes data from 37 centres in 18 countries, which participated in a European registry for stem-cell transplantation in severe combined immunodeficiencies (SCID) and in other immunodeficiency disorders (non-SCID). 1082 transplants in 919 patients were studied (566 in 475 SCID patients, 512 in 444 non-SCID patients; four procedures excluded owing to insufficient data). Minimum follow-up of 6 months was required. Findings In SCID, 3-year survival with sustained engraftment was significantly better after HLA-identical than after mismatched transplantation (77% vs 54%; p=0.002) and survival improved over time. In HLA-mismatched stem-cell transplantation, B(-) SCID had poorer prognosis than B(+) SCID. However, improvement with time occurred in both SCID phenotypes. In non-SCID, 3-year survival after genotypically HLA-matched, phenotypically HLA-matched, HLA-mismatched related, and unrelated-donor transplantation was 71%, 42%, 42%, and 59%, respectively (p=0.0006). Acute graft versus host disease predicted poor prognosis whatever the donor origin except in related HLA-identical transplantation in SCID. Interpretation The improvement in survival over time indicates more effective prevention and treatment of disease-related and procedure-related complications-eg, infections and graft versus host disease. An important factor is better prevention of graft versus host disease in the HLA-non-identical setting by use of more efficient methods of T-cell depletion. For non-SCID, stem-cell transplantation can provide a cure, and grafts from unrelated donors are almost as beneficial as those from genetically HLA-identical relatives.

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Author(s): Abinun M; Cant A; Antoine C; Muller S; Cavazzana-Calvo M; Veys P; Vossen J; Fasth A; Heilmann C; Wulffraat N; Seger R; Blanche S; Friedrich W; Davies G; Bredius R; Schulz A; Landais P; Fischer A; European Grp Blood Marrow Transpla

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Lancet

Year: 2003

Volume: 361

Issue: 9357

Pages: 553-560

ISSN (print): 0140-6736

ISSN (electronic): 1474-547X

Publisher: The Lancet Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(03)12513-5


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