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Blood. 2000 Dec 15;96(13):4096-102.

Engraftment and survival after unrelated-donor bone marrow transplantation: a report from the national marrow donor program.

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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.


We analyzed engraftment of unrelated-donor (URD) bone marrow in 5246 patients who received transplants facilitated by the National Marrow Donor Program between August 1991 and June 1999. Among patients surviving at least 28 days, 4% had primary graft failure (failure to achieve an absolute neutrophil count > 5 x 10(8)/L before death or second stem-cell infusion). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that engraftment was associated with marrow matched at HLA-A, HLA-B, and DRB1; higher cell dose; younger recipient; male recipient; and recipient from a non-African American ethnic group. More rapid myeloid engraftment was associated with marrow serologically matched at HLA-A and HLA-B, DRB1 match, higher cell dose (in non-T-cell-depleted cases), younger recipient, recipient seronegativity for cytomegalovirus (CMV), male donor, no methotrexate for graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis, and transplantation done in more recent years. A platelet count higher than 50 x 10(9)/L was achieved by 47% of patients by day 100. Conditional on survival to day 100, survival at 3 years was 61% in those with platelet engraftment at day 30, 58% in those with engraftment between day 30 and day 100, and 33% in those without engraftment at day 100 (P <.0001). Factors favoring platelet engraftment were higher cell dose, DRB1 allele match, recipient seronegativity for CMV, HLA-A and HLA-B serologically matched donor, and male donor. Secondary graft failure occurred in 10% of patients achieving initial engraftment, and 18% of those patients are alive. These data demonstrate that quality of engraftment is an important predictor of survival after URD bone marrow transplantation.

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