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T-cell depletion of bone marrow transplants for leukemia from donors other than HLA-identical siblings: advantage of T-cell antibodies with narrow specificities. Blood 2000 Jun 15;95(12):3996-4003 PMID: 10845940

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T-cell depletion of donor marrow decreases graft-versus-host disease resulting from transplants from unrelated and human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-mismatched related donors. However, there are diverse strategies for T-cell-depleted transplantation, and it is uncertain whether any improve leukemia-free survival (LFS). To compare strategies for T-cell-depleted alternative donor transplants and to compare T-cell depleted with non-T-cell-depleted transplants, we studied 870 patients with leukemia who received T-cell-depleted transplants from unrelated or HLA-mismatched related donors from 1982 to 1994. Outcomes were compared with those of 998 non-T-cell-depleted transplants. We compared LFS using different strategies for T-cell-depleted transplantation considering T-cell depletion technique, intensity of pretransplant conditioning, and posttransplant immune suppression using proportional hazards regression to adjust for other prognostic variables. Five categories of T-cell depletion techniques were considered: narrow-specificity antibodies, broad-specificity antibodies, Campath antibodies, elutriation, and lectins. Strategies resulting in similar LFS were pooled to compare T-cell-depleted with non-T-cell-depleted transplants. Recipients of transplants T-cell depleted by narrow-specificity antibodies had lower treatment failure risk (higher LFS) than recipients of transplants T-cell depleted by other techniques. Compared with non-T-cell-depleted transplants (5-year probability +/- 95% confidence interval [CI] of LFS, 31% +/- 4%), 5-year LFS was 29% +/- 5% (P = NS) after transplants T-cell depleted by narrow-specificity antibodies and 16% +/- 4% (P <.0001) after transplants T-cell depleted by other techniques. After alternative donor transplantation, T-cell depletion of donor marrow by narrow-specificity antibodies resulted in LFS rates that were higher than those for transplants T-cell depleted using other techniques but similar to those for non-T-cell-depleted transplants. (Blood. 2000;95:3996-4003)

Author List

Champlin RE, Passweg JR, Zhang MJ, Rowlings PA, Pelz CJ, Atkinson KA, Barrett AJ, Cahn JY, Drobyski WR, Gale RP, Goldman JM, Gratwohl A, Gordon-Smith EC, Henslee-Downey PJ, Herzig RH, Klein JP, Marmont AM, O'Reilly RJ, Ringdén O, Slavin S, Sobocinski KA, Speck B, Weiner RS, Horowitz MM


William R. Drobyski MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
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

Antibody Specificity
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Child, Preschool
Follow-Up Studies
Graft vs Host Disease
HLA Antigens
Histocompatibility Testing
Immunosuppressive Agents
Lymphocyte Depletion
Middle Aged
Nuclear Family
Retrospective Studies
Survival Rate
Tissue Donors
Transplantation, Homologous
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