Cord blood transplants supported by unrelated donor CD34+ progenitor cells

Bone Marrow Transplant. 2020 Dec;55(12):2298-2307. doi: 10.1038/s41409-020-0959-5. Epub 2020 Jun 9.


Alternative donor transplantation with the haplo-cord platform allows the use of a lower-dose single umbilical cord blood unit (CBU) by co-infusion of third-party CD34+-selected cells from a haploidentical relative, which provides early transient engraftment while awaiting durable CBU engraftment. In our experience, ~15% of patients lack a suitable haploidentical donor. Here we report 26 patients who underwent haplo-cord transplant using CD34+-selected partially matched unrelated donor grafts. Twenty-four were conditioned with fludarabine/melphalan +/- low-dose TBI (n = 16). Twenty-five received ATG and all received posttransplant tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil. Median time to neutrophil and platelet recovery was 11 and 18 days. CBU engraftment, with CD33 and CD3 >5% cord chimerism in the myeloid/lymphoid compartment by day +60, occurred in 20 of 24 patients (83%). Incidence of grade 2-4 acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was 27% at day +100, and chronic GVHD was 4% at 1 year. Overall survival at 1 year was 54%. For patients in need of an alternative transplant who lack a haploidentical donor, haplo-cord transplantation using CD34+-selected partially matched unrelated donor grafts results in rapid engraftment with no increased rate of cord graft failure or GVHD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation*
  • Fetal Blood
  • Graft vs Host Disease*
  • Humans
  • Transplantation Conditioning
  • Unrelated Donors