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Aplastic anemia (AA) is most frequently due to autoimmune attack on its own stem cells. Alemtuzumab is a monoclonal antibody which recognizes the CD52 antigen on the surface of T and B cells. It has proved useful in autoimmune diseases, lymphoproliferative conditions, and graft versus host disease. Based on its immunosuppressive properties, we treated 14 AA(More)
On the face of the lack of HLA-identical sibling stem cell donors for all individuals needing an allograft, the use of alternative donors is gaining popularity. Matched unrelated donors and cord bloods have become very expensive and unaffordable for most people living in developing countries. Grafting allogeneic haploidentical stem cells has become an(More)
Using non-myeloablative conditioning, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) was conducted in 43 ALL patients in a CR2. The median age of the patients was 19 years. Patients received oral busulfan 4 mg/kg/day for 2 days; i.v. cyclophosphamide 350 mg/m(2)/day for 3 days; and i.v. fludarabine 30 mg/m(2)/day for 3 days. Oral cyclosporin A 4(More)
The treatment of steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) remains a clinical challenge, for which no standard therapy exists. Alemtuzumab is a humanized anti-CD52 monoclonal antibody (mAb) that has been successfully used as part of conditioning regimens for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) to prevent GVHD. The purpose of this(More)
A group of 21 consecutive patients aged 4-20 (median 13) years was prospectively allografted using a reduced intensity preparative regimen. The group included both malignant (acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, and chronic myelogenous leukemia) and nonmalignant (aplastic anemia, Diamond-Blackfan anemia, thalassemia major and(More)
Twenty-eight children and adults underwent transplantation with allogeneic umbilical cord blood cells (UCB) using a non-ablative conditioning regimen; there were 15 males and 13 females. Seven patients were grafted because a non-malignant condition and 21 for a malignant disease. The median age was 8 years (range 4 months-72 years). Ten UCB were obtained(More)
Using a non-myeloablative, immunosuppressive, fludarabine-based conditioning regimen, we performed allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplants totally on an outpatient basis in four patients (two with chronic myelogenous leukemia, one with acute myelogenous leukemia and one with thalassemia major). The median granulocyte recovery time to 0.5 x 109/l(More)
Using nonmyeloablative, immunosuppressive, fludarabine (FLU)-based conditioning regimens, we have performed allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplants in 26 patients (8 with chronic myelogenous leukemia, 6 with acute myelogenous leukemia, 10 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 1 with myelodysplasia, and 1 with thalassemia major). Conditioning(More)
The effectiveness of reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo- RIC) compared with high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (auto-SCT) in Hodgkin's disease (HD) and in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) patients remains poorly defined. The purpose of the study was to demonstrate the usefulness of(More)
Using a non-myeloablative stem cell trasplantation (NST) program, 25 allografts were prospectively given to 24 patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) eligible for conventional allografting; 2 individuals had secondary forms of AML. The median age of the patients was 35 years, with a range of 12 to 56. All patients engrafted; median time to achieve(More)