Claudia Rutt

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Minority donor programs aim to improve access to unrelated hematopoietic SCT for specific ethnic groups through directed donor recruitment. We have developed criteria for initiation and evaluation of such programs and applied them to the situation of donors of Turkish descent in Germany, as well as a program by DKMS German Bone Marrow Center that targets(More)
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) haplotype frequency distributions in specific populations can be applied to optimize both individual stem cell donor searches and donor registry planning. We present allele and haplotype frequencies derived from a data set of 8862 German stem cell donors who were typed at high resolution for the HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, and(More)
The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) distribution in donor registry data is typically nonrandom as, mostly for economical reasons, typing additional loci or resolving ambiguities is selectively performed based on the previously known HLA type. Analyzing a sample of over 1 million German stem cell donors, we practically show the extent of the bias caused by the(More)
We present high-resolution allele and haplotype frequency (HF) estimations of the Polish population based on more than 20,000 registered stem cell donors. Sequencing-based donor human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing led to unambiguous typing results in most cases (between 94.3% for HLA-DRB1 and 96.9% for HLA-B). HF estimations were carried out with a new,(More)
We analyzed regional differences in human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A, -B, and -DR antigen and haplotype frequencies based on a sample of approximately 320,000 German donors in order to identify regions that are especially suited for ongoing stem cell donor recruitment. Geographic partitioning was carried out by postal code regions. Analysis of genetic(More)
We present results of peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) mobilization, collection, and follow-up from 3928 consecutive unrelated stem cell donors. Assessments were performed prospectively at baseline, leukapheresis, 1 month, 6 months, and annually after PBSC donation. During follow-up, side effects were recorded by return post questionnaires. The median(More)
With more than 11 million registered stem cell donors worldwide and limited resources for health systems, it seems questionable if investments in ongoing donor recruitment are useful. Since there is evidence that transplant outcomes are better with younger donors, the age distribution of registered donors is highly relevant in this context. One might argue(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant human G-CSF is widely used to mobilize PBPCs in healthy donors for allogeneic transplantation. There have been concerns about donor safety because of splenic ruptures during G-CSF application. To address this problem, changes in splenic size in 91 healthy donors during G-CSF mobilization of allogeneic PBPCs were investigated. STUDY(More)
Many patients in need of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant do not find a fully matching donor although more than 11,000,000 potential donors are registered worldwide. Therefore, it is relevant to recruit donors who add diversity to the donor pool. We present the 'Roots' approach that includes the selection of already registered donors with rare HLA(More)