Haplo-cord Transplantation: Overcoming the Limitations of Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) Transplantation (UCBT)

  • Koen van Besien
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


The low cell dose in umbilical cord blood (UCB) transplantation (UCBT) can be a limiting factor for engraftment, and is associated with a higher incidence of infection. The infusion of UCB cells with CD34-selected donor stem cells from an adult typically results in rapid hematopoietic recovery from adult donor cells that are over time replaced by definitive hemato- and lymphopoiesis from the cord blood graft. Initially pioneered by Fernandez and colleagues in Spain, this technology is now being implemented in several centers. Clinical trial data from Europe and the USA will be presented in this chapter. Combination UCB and haploidentical transplants are an exciting new strategy to improve transplant outcomes.


Cord blood Transplantation Haploidentical CD34 selected Engraftment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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