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Br J Haematol. 2005 Mar;128(5):668-75.

Persistence of recipient plasma cells and anti-donor isohaemagglutinins in patients with delayed donor erythropoiesis after major ABO incompatible non-myeloablative haematopoietic cell transplantation.

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Department of Transfusion Medicine, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-1652, USA.


Delayed donor erythropoiesis and pure red-cell aplasia (PRCA) complicate major-ABO mismatched non-myeloablative allogeneic stem-cell transplantation. To characterize these events, we analysed red-cell serology and chimaerism in lymphohaematopoietic lineages, including plasma cells and B cells, in 12 consecutive major-ABO incompatible transplants following cyclophosphamide/fludarabine-based conditioning. Donor erythropoiesis was delayed to more than 100 days in nine (75%) patients including six (50%) who developed PRCA. During PRCA, all patients had persistent anti-donor isohaemagglutinins and recipient plasma cells (5-42%), while myeloid and T cells were completely donor in origin. In contrast, B-cell chimaerism was frequently full-donor when significant anti-donor isohaemagglutinins persisted. Four patients with early mixed haematopoietic chimaerism and the prolonged presence of anti-donor isohaemagglutinins and recipient plasma cells developed delayed-onset (>100 days post-transplant) red cell transfusion dependence and PRCA after myeloid chimaerism converted from mixed to full donor. These findings confirm that donor-erythropoiesis is impacted by temporal disparities in donor immune-mediated eradication of recipient lymphohaematopoietic cells during major-ABO incompatibility and suggest that plasma cells are relatively resistant to graft-versus-host haematopoietic effects.

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