Immunologic Research

, Volume 38, Issue 1–3, pp 191–200 | Cite as

Matched unrelated bone marrow transplant for severe combined immunodeficiency

  • Chaim M. Roifman
  • Eyal Grunebaum
  • Ilan Dalal
  • Luigi Notarangelo


Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is a lethal disease unless allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT), preferably from a family related HLA identical donor (RID) is given. Previously, some patients received HLA-mismatched related donors (MMRD) BMT, which often resulted in slow immune reconstitution and variable survival. Alternatively, HLA-matched unrelated donors (MUD) BMT have been suggested. Recently, we have directly compared outcome of patients with SCID who received either MMRD or MUD BMT. Survival after MUD BMT was significantly better than after MMRD BMT. Patients who received MUD BMT also had better engraftment of donor cells and immune reconstitution. Recent reports from other centers confirm these results finding that MUD BMT provides excellent survival and better immune reconstitution for patients with SCID. In conclusion, MUD BMT appears vastly superior to MMRD BMT and should be offered as first choice of treatment for patients with SCID when RID is unavailable.


Bone marrow transplant Matched unrelated severe combined immunodeficiency T+ SCID 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chaim M. Roifman
    • 1
  • Eyal Grunebaum
    • 1
  • Ilan Dalal
    • 1
  • Luigi Notarangelo
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Immunology and Allergy and Infection, Immunity, Injury and Repair Program, The Canadian Centre for Primary Immunodeficiency, The Jeffrey Modell Research Laboratory for the diagnosis of Primary ImmunodeficiencyThe Hospital for Sick Children and The University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.The Department of Pediatrics, The Angelo Nociveli Institute for Molecular MedicineUniversity of Brescia Spedali CiviliBresciaItaly

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