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The effect of donor characteristics on survival after unrelated donor transplantation for hematologic malignancy. Blood 2016 Jan 14;127(2):260-7 PMID: 26527675 PMCID: PMC4713163

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There are >24 million registered adult donors, and the numbers of unrelated donor transplantations are increasing. The optimal strategy for prioritizing among comparably HLA-matched potential donors has not been established. Therefore, the objective of the current analyses was to study the association between donor characteristics (age, sex, parity, cytomegalovirus serostatus, HLA match, and blood group ABO match) and survival after transplantation for hematologic malignancy. The association of donor characteristics with transplantation outcomes was examined using either logistic or Cox regression models, adjusting for patient disease and transplantation characteristics associated with outcomes in 2 independent datasets: 1988 to 2006 (N = 6349; training cohort) and 2007 to 2011 (N = 4690; validation cohort). All donor-recipient pairs had allele-level HLA typing at HLA-A, -B, -C, and -DRB1, which is the current standard for selecting donors. Adjusting for patient disease and transplantation characteristics, survival was better after transplantation of grafts from young donors (aged 18-32 years) who were HLA matched to recipients (P < .001). These findings were validated for transplantations that occurred between 2007 and 2011. For every 10-year increment in donor age, there is a 5.5% increase in the hazard ratio for overall mortality. Increasing HLA disparity was also associated with worsening survival. Donor age and donor-recipient HLA match are important when selecting adult unrelated donors. Other donor characteristics such as sex, parity, and cytomegalovirus serostatus were not associated with survival. The effect of ABO matching on survival is modest and must be studied further before definitive recommendations can be offered.

Author List

Kollman C, Spellman SR, Zhang MJ, Hassebroek A, Anasetti C, Antin JH, Champlin RE, Confer DL, DiPersio JF, Fernandez-ViƱa M, Hartzman RJ, Horowitz MM, Hurley CK, Karanes C, Maiers M, Mueller CR, Perales MA, Setterholm M, Woolfrey AE, Yu N, Eapen M


Mary Eapen MBBS, DCh, MRCPI, MS 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

Graft vs Host Disease
Hematologic Neoplasms
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Histocompatibility Testing
Middle Aged
Survival Analysis
Unrelated Donors
Young Adult
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