By Hans Joachim Deeg M.D., Hans-Georg Klingemann M.D., Gordon L. Phillips M.D. (auth.)
In the overdue Nineteen Forties investigators saw that mice given supralethai doses of overall physique irradiation have been secure by means of infusion of achievable spleen or marrow cells following irradiation, and that this used to be entire through hemopoietic reconsti tution with donor cells as confirmed utilizing genetic markers. If an analogous procedure will be utilized to people, it may be attainable to regard leukemia sufferers with any dose of chemoradiotherapy so far as nonmarrow toxicity approved, after which rescue them through marrow transplantation. Early medical makes an attempt have been gen erally unsuccessful, often because of a scarcity of information of histocompatibility antigens and applicable supportive care. those components built relatively quick in the course of the Nineteen Sixties, and for nearly 20 years now scientific marrow transplan tation has been conducted with expanding luck. After at first utilizing in simple terms bone marrow from HLA indentical siblings, the sphere has multiplied swiftly to include HLA nonidentical similar donors, and lately even marrow from unrelated volunteer donors. moreover, considering that for varied sufferers who oth erwise may gain advantage from transplantation a donor can't be pointed out, there was a starting to be curiosity in utilizing the patient's personal (autologous) bone marrow. Our knowing of the rules of transplantation and our wisdom of the capability hazards and merits have quick grown. every now and then it's tough, even if, to make a decision what's the most suitable choice for a given patient.
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As discussed above, a more important disadvantage of autologous marrow transplants as currently practiced is the requirement for anormal (or nearlynormal) marrow at the time of harvest. This requirement excludes most patients with multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and certain non-Hodgkin's lymphomas who would be very good candidates for intensive therapies using autologous marrow rescue. Moreover, even with apparent marrow remission, in some patients there exists the possibility of re-infusing occult malignant clonogenic cells, especially in those patients with pre-existing marrow involvement.
For example, in a child with severe combined immunedeficiency as po in ted out earlier, haploidentical transplantation from father or mother, usually after T cell depletion of the marrow, can be carried out successfuIly. e. only T lymphocytes may engraft, but this is all that is required in order to render these children immunocompetent. They do weIl in regards to their own hemopoietic system and also B cells. ABO incompatibility represents less of a problem in marrow transplantation than in renal transplantation.
HLA antigens are highly polymorphic. By definition, however, there can be at most four haplotypes within each nuclear family (parents and children). Consequently, each patient who has a sibling has a theoretical chance of one in four that the sibling is HLA identical with the patient (unless a cross-over has occurred), and in fact 40% of caucasian patients who have siblings are found to have an HLA identical donor. HLA identity is determined by using serological and cellular assays. Present HLA terminology is based on agreements reached at the Nineth International Histocompatibility Workshop.
A Guide to Bone Marrow Transplantation by Hans Joachim Deeg M.D., Hans-Georg Klingemann M.D., Gordon L. Phillips M.D. (auth.)