Purged Autologous Bone Marrow: Better or Worse than Circulating Stem Cells?

  • J. Reiffers
Part of the Developments in Hematology and Immunology book series (DIHI, volume 25)


Autologous bone marrow tranplantation (ABMT) has been extensively used as treatment for hematological malignancies over the last decade [1]. The main cause of failure after ABMT is relapse or recurrence of the underlying disease which at least in some cases could be due to the reinfusion of malignant cells present in the marrow inoculum. Thus,different methods of purging, using immunological, physical or chemical techniques were proposed for “ex vivo” treatment of bone marrow cells. Recently peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) were demonstrated to be able to reconstitute complete and stable hematopoiesis following supralethal therapy [2]. It has been hypothesized that PBSC may be less contaminated by residual tumor cells than bone marrow cells.Thus, autologous blood stem cell transplantation (ABSCT) could be used instead of (purged or unpurged) ABMT.


Acute Myeloid Leukemia Bone Marrow Transplantation Bone Marrow Cell Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Autologous Bone Marrow 
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