Plasma levels of complement activation fragments C3b and sC5b-9 significantly increased in patients with thrombotic microangiopathy after allogeneic stem cell transplantation

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  • Transplantation-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is an uncommon but severe complication in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). However, the mechanism is unclear. From 2011 to 2014, 20 patients with TA-TMA, 20 patients without, and 54 patients with various other complications, including veno occlusive disease (VOD), graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and infection, were recruited in the study. Plasma vWF antigen (vWFAg), vWF activity (vWFAc), and ADAMTS13 activity were determined in these patients by ELISAs and FRETS-vWF73 assay, respectively. Plasma C3b, sC5b-9, and CH50 were also determined by ELISAs. Plasma levels of C3b were significantly increased in patients with either TA-TMA (p < 0.0001) or GVHD (p < 0.01). Plasma sC5b-9 and CH50 levels in patients with TA-TMA were also significantly increased (p < 0.001). Plasma ADAMTS13 activity was lower in patients with VOD, but normal with other complications. Both plasma vWFAg and vWFAc levels were not elevated in patients with TA-TMA or VOD compared with those of other groups. Complement activation likely via an alternative pathway (increased C3b, sC5b-9, and CH50) may play a role in the pathogenesis of TA-TMA. ADAMTS13 activity is reduced in VOD, but the ADAMTS13/vWF axis appears to be unaffected in patients with TA-TMA.
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  • Qi J; Wang J; Chen J; Su J; Tang Y; Wu X; Ma X; Chen F; Ruan C; Zheng XL
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  • 1849
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  • 1855
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  • 96
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  • 11