Friday, December 2, 2011

Haploidentical hematopoietic transplantation: current status and future perspectives:
For patients with hematologic malignancies at high risk of relapse who do not have matched donors, a suitable alternative stem cell source is the HLAhaploidentical 2 or 3-loci mismatched family donor who is readily available for nearly all patients. Transplantation across the major HLA barrier is associated with strong T-cell alloreactions, which were originally manifested as a high incidence of severe GVHD and graft rejection. The present review shows how these obstacles to successful transplantation were overcome in the last 15 years, making full haplotype-mismatched transplantation a clinical reality that provides similar outcomes to transplantation from matched unrelated donors. The review also discusses the advantages and drawbacks of current options for full haplotypemismatched transplantation and highlights innovative approaches for re-building immunity after transplantation and improving survival (read more) Print this post

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