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Extracorporeal photopheresis for the prevention of acute GVHD in patients undergoing standard myeloablative conditioning and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant 2010 Jun;45(6):1068-76 PMID: 19915634 PMCID: PMC3376382

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GVHD is partly mediated by host APCs that activate donor T cells. Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) can modulate APC function and benefit some patients with GVHD. We report the results of a study using ECP administered before a standard myeloablative preparative regimen intended to prevent GVHD. Grades II-IV acute GVHD developed in 9 (30%) of 30 recipients of HLA-matched related transplants and 13 (41%) of 32 recipients of HLA-matched unrelated or HLA-mismatched related donor transplants. Actuarial estimates of overall survival (OS) at day 100 and 1-year post transplant were 89% (95% CI, 78-94%) and 77% (95% CI, 64-86%), respectively. There were no unexpected adverse effects of ECP. Historical controls receiving similar conditioning and GVHD prophylaxis regimens but no ECP were identified from the database of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and multivariate analysis indicated a lower risk of grades II-IV acute GVHD in patients receiving ECP (P=0.04). Adjusted OS at 1 year was 83% in the ECP study group and 67% in the historical control group (relative risk 0.44; 95% CI, 0.24-0.80) (P=0.007). These preliminary data may indicate a potential survival advantage with ECP for transplant recipients undergoing standard myeloablative hematopoietic cell transplantation.

Author List

Shaughnessy PJ, Bolwell BJ, van Besien K, Mistrik M, Grigg A, Dodds A, Prince HM, Durrant S, Ilhan O, Parenti D, Gallo J, Foss F, Apperley J, Zhang MJ, Horowitz MM, Abhyankar S


Mary M. Horowitz MD, MS Center Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mei-Jie Zhang PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Acute Disease
Graft vs Host Disease
HLA Antigens
Hematologic Neoplasms
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Middle Aged
Myeloablative Agonists
Survival Rate
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Homologous
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult
jenkins-FCD Prod-296 4db9d02597e0a2e889e230f853b641c12f1c3ee3