Die transplantation hamatopoetischer stammzellen. Teil I: Definitionen, prinzipielle anwendungs - Moglichkeiten, komplikationen

Translated title of the contribution: The transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells. Part I: Definitions, application, complications

Hartmut Link, Hans Jochem Kolb, Wolfram Ebell, Dieter Kurt Hossfeld, Axel Zander, Dietrich Niethammer, Hannes Wandt, Hans Grosse-Wilde, Ulrich W. Schaefer

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The transplantation of hematopoietic and lymphopoetic stem and progenitor cells has become a standard procedure for the treatment of many malignant diseases. Autologous stem cells are derived from the patient himself, allogeneic cells from an HLA-identical or HLA-compatible family or unrelated donor. Hematopoetic stem cells can be obtained from bone marrow, blood and fetal cord blood. After 3 to 5 days treatment, the granulocyte- colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) mobilizes stem- and progenitor cells from the marrow into the blood. This method is now standard in autologous transplantation and is increasingly preferred in allogeneic transplantation. The time to hematopoietic recovery is shorter with blood stem cells than with bone marrow cells. With myeloablative high dose therapy followed by stem cell transplantation, long term disease free survival is possible in many cases and great proportions of patients can be cured (see part II). Improvements of supportive care have reduced toxicity of treatment substantially, however severe complication still occur at oropharynx, gastrointestinal tract, liver, lung, skin, kidney, urinary tract and nervous system. After allogeneic transplantation immunocompetent donor cells can react with the recipient tissue. In HLA-identical donor and recipients differences in the minor histocompatibility antigens account for this graft-versus-host-reaction (GvH), which is mainly mediated by transplanted T-cells. The GvH-reaction can affect skin, liver, gut and other organs and cause clinically relevant GvH- disease (GvHD). The GvHD is more severe in HLA-mismatched or unrelated transplantation. Immunodeficiency and organ dysfunction due to GvHD may predispose to life threatening infections and impair the outcome of transplantation. Unrelated cord blood, stem cells may have a minor risk of including acute GvHD, as stem and T-cells and immature. After allogeneic stem cell transplantation, the relapse rate of leukemia or lymphoma is significantly reduced by immunoreactive cells; graft-versus-tumor (GvT) or graft-versus-leukemia effect (GvL).

Translated title of the contributionThe transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells. Part I: Definitions, application, complications
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)480-491
Number of pages12
JournalMedizinische Klinik
Issue number8
StatePublished - 15 Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes


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