Selection of matched unrelated donors moving forward: from HLA allele counting to functional matching.

Selection of matched unrelated donors moving forward: from HLA allele counting to functional matching. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2019 Dec 06;2019(1):532-538 Authors: Fleischhauer K Abstract Matched unrelated donors (URD) are the most frequent source of stem cells for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) to date, with HCT performed mainly under conventional immunosuppression by methotrexate and cyclosporine. In this setting, every single allelic donor-recipient mismatch for HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1 (8/8), but not for HLA-DQB1, -DPB1, has a significant negative effect on overall survival (OS). When several 8/8 HLA-matched URD are available, donor age is the most important factor impacting OS. Moving forward from the traditional way of counting the number of donor-recipient HLA allele mismatches to biology-driven algorithms for functional matching has led to the unraveling of an association between permissive, low-risk HLA-DPB1 mismatches and improved outcome after URD HCT for malignant disease but not for nonmalignant disease. Functional HLA matching might prove to have increasing importance for URD selection in the era of new immunosuppressive regimens that have the potential to substantially reshuffle the role of HLA mismatches in URD HCT. PMID: 31808865 [PubMed - in process]
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