Beyond CD34+ cell dose: Impact of method of peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cell mobilization (granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor [G-CSF], G-CSF plus plerixafor, or cyclophosphamide G-CSF/granulocyte-macrophage [GM]-CSF) on number of colony-forming unit-GM, engraftment, and Day +100 hematopoietic graft function

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  • Background: The dose of CD34+ cells/kg in the mobilized peripheral blood product is the main determinant of neutrophil and platelet (PLT) engraftment after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT). Whether the method of mobilization, namely, granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) alone (G), G-CSF plus plerixafor (G+P), or cyclophosphamide + G/granulocyte-macrophage (GM)-CSF (Cy+G/GM), independently affects number of colony-forming unit (CFU)-GM, engraftment, and hematopoietic graft function is unknown. Study Design and Methods: We used a database of AHSCT patients with multiple myeloma or lymphoma to identify three groups with different mobilization strategies receiving transplantation with similar CD34+ cell doses. Groups were compared in terms of CFU-GM, ratio of CFU-GM/CD34+, engraftment of neutrophils and PLTs, and hematopoietic graft function on Day +100. Results: Ninety-six patients were included in the analysis, 26 G, 32 G+P, and 38 Cy+G/GM, with median cell doses of 4.21 × 106, 4.11 × 10 6, and 4.67 × 106 CD34+/kg, respectively (p = 0.433). There was no significant difference in number of CFU-GM between the three groups; however, the ratio of CFU-GM/CD34+ was significantly lower for G+P (p = 0.008). Median time for neutrophil engraftment was 13 days in G+P and 12 days in G and Cy+G/GM (p = 0.028), while PLT engraftment happened at a median of 14.5 days in G+P versus 12 days in G and 11 days in Cy+G/GM (p = 0.012). There was no difference in hematopoietic graft function at Day +100. CONCLUSION: Plerixafor-based mobilization is associated with slightly reduced number of CFU-GM and minimal delay in engraftment that is independent of CD34+ cell dose. Hematopoietic graft function on Day 100 is not affected by mobilization strategy. © 2011 American Association of Blood Banks.
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  • Transfusion  Journal
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    Author List

  • Alexander ET; Towery JA; Miller AN; Kramer C; Hogan KR; Squires JE; Stuart RK; Costa LJ
  • Start Page

  • 1995
  • End Page

  • 2000
  • Volume

  • 51
  • Issue

  • 9