Walter J. F. M. van der Velden

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Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the NOD2 gene have significant impact on both treatment-related mortality (TRM) and acute GVHD (aGVHD) in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The effect of these polymorphisms when using T-cell-depleted grafts has been poorly studied. We retrospectively analysed NOD2 polymorphisms in a cohort of 85(More)
BACKGROUND The treatment of patients with haematological malignancies by means of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is often accompanied by life threatening infections. With emerging antimicrobial resistance there is an increased need for new agents, with a beneficial safety profile. Therefore we evaluated the safety of the promising new(More)
BACKGROUND Dectin-1 is the major receptor for fungal β-glucans on myeloid cells. We investigated whether defective Dectin-1 receptor function, because of the early stop codon polymorphism Y238X, enhances susceptibility to invasive aspergillosis (IA) in at-risk patients. METHODS Association of Dectin-1 Y238X polymorphism with occurrence and clinical course(More)
BACKGROUND  The objective of this analysis was to investigate prognostic factors that influence the outcome of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-related posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) after a rituximab-based treatment in the allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) setting. METHODS  A total of 4466 allogeneic HSCTs performed between(More)
Background. Intensive treatment of hematological malignancies with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is accompanied by a high incidence of opportunistic invasive fungal infection, but individual risk varies significantly. Dectin-1, a C-type lectin that recognizes 1,3-beta-glucans from fungal pathogens, including Candida species, is involved in(More)
BACKGROUND Stem cell transplantation (SCT) is still complicated by the occurrence of fever and inflammatory complications attributed to neutropenia and subsequent infectious complications. The role of mucosal barrier injury (MBI) of the intestinal tract therein has received little attention. METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis in 163 SCT(More)
A cohort of 439 haematopoietic SCT recipients was analysed to determine the incidence of Gram-positive coccal bacteraemia and thromboembolic events associated with the use of central venous catheters (CVCs) and to determine risk factors for these complications. The incidences of persistent coagulase-negative staphylococcal (CoNS) bacteraemia, symptomatic(More)
We undertook a retrospective analysis of a cohort of 67 patients with multiple myeloma who had received an autologous haematopoietic SCT (HSCT) following high-dose melphalan to explore the impact of mucositis on the systemic inflammatory response. A homogenous group of 16 patients without a documented infection and a group of 30 patients with bacteraemia(More)
OBJECTIVES Reduced-frequency dosing strategies of anidulafungin may offer a more convenient way of providing adequate antifungal prophylaxis to patients at high risk of invasive fungal diseases. We aimed to provide the pharmacological rationale for the applicability of reduced-frequency dosing regimens. METHODS We defined two groups of 10 patients that(More)
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is still a major complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). The pathophysiology of GVHD is a multistep process initiated by tissue damage and proinflammatory cytokine cascades induced by the pretransplantation conditioning therapy. This eventually results in Th1-driven tissue damage. However, increasing(More)