Factors associated with bone marrow stem cell yield for pediatric allogeneic stem cell transplantation: The impact of donor characteristics

Fettah A., Özbek N., Özgüner M., Azık F., Işık P., Avcı Z., ...More

Pediatric Transplantation, vol.21, no.1, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/petr.12841
  • Journal Name: Pediatric Transplantation
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: bone marrow stem cell, donor's height, healthy donors, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, pediatric
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of donor characteristics on CD34+ cell yield in BM harvest. Between April 2010 and November 2013, consecutive donors who underwent BM harvesting in our BM transplantation unit were retrospectively investigated. Donors were classified into two groups: those who donated BM without mobilization (steady-state BM donors) and those who received G-CSF for stem cell mobilization (G-CSF-primed BM donors). Donor characteristics (age, gender, race, body weight, BMI, and laboratory factors including donor's leukocyte, platelet, and monocyte) and their relationship with total nuclear cell and CD34+ cell numbers has been evaluated. A total of 64 healthy related donors (29 males/35 females, median age 11.2 years; 49 [76.6%] younger than 18 and 36 [56.3%] younger than 12 years) were included in the study. The median CD34+ cell yield in the harvest was 0.12×106/L (0.02-0.21) in SS-BM donors and 0.18×106/L (0.09-0.67) in GP-BM donors (P=.03). Median of CD34+ cell count given to recipients was 2.6×106/recipient body weight (1.3-19.3) in SS-BM yields and 3.8×106/recipient body weight (1.1-10.2) in GP-BM yields, respectively. Multiple regression analysis showed that donor height and pre-G-CSF platelet were the most important parameters to obtain a sufficient BM harvest. Our data suggest that the shorter donors and the donors with higher thrombocyte counts may offer more hematopoietic stem cell. The height and thrombocyte count of the donors should be taken into consideration before planning the targeted CD34+ cell count especially for pediatric donors.