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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2017, Article ID 1043836, 8 pages
Research Article

Donor-Specific Anti-Human Leukocyte Antigen Antibodies Predict Prolonged Isolated Thrombocytopenia and Inferior Outcomes of Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

1Peking University People’s Hospital and Peking University Institute of Hematology, Beijing Key Laboratory of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, No. 11 South Street of Xizhimen, Xicheng District, Beijing 100044, China
2Collaborative Innovation Center of Hematology, Peking University, Beijing, China
3Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences, Beijing 100871, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yingjun Chang; nc.ude.umjb@jycmr

Received 11 October 2016; Revised 22 December 2016; Accepted 20 March 2017; Published 18 April 2017

Academic Editor: Mepur H. Ravindranath

Copyright © 2017 Xiaosu Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Prolonged isolated thrombocytopenia (PT) after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) has a great impact on transplant outcome. In this study, we performed a retrospective analysis to investigate the association of donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies (DSAs) with PT in 394 patients who underwent unmanipulated haploidentical blood and marrow transplantation (HBMT). For HLA antibody positive samples with a median fluorescent intensity (MFI) > 500, DSAs were further examined. A total of 390 patients (99.0%) achieved sustained myeloid engraftment. Of the 394 cases tested, 45 (11.4%) were DSA positive. The cumulative incidence of PT in this cohort of patients was 9.9 ± 1.5%. The incidence of PT was higher in patients with a MFI ≥ 1000 compared with those with a MFI < 1000 (16.8 ± 6.4% versus 7.4 ± 1.4%, ). Multivariate analysis showed that the presence of DSAs (MFI ≥ 1000) was correlated to PT (hazard ratio (HR) 3.262; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.339–7.946; ) and transplant-related mortality (HR 2.320; 95% CI, 1.169–4.426; ). Our results, for the first time, suggest an association of DSAs with PT after unmanipulated HBMT. It would help screen out the suitable donor and guide intervention. This indicated that DSAs should be incorporated in the algorithm for unmanipulated HBMT.