Chimerism Following Allogeneic Transplantation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells

  • Małgorzata Dawidowska
  • Katarzyna Guz
  • Ewa Brojer
  • Jacek Wachowiak
  • Michał Witt
Part of the Principles and Practice book series (PRINCIPLES)


Posttransplant hematopoietic chimerism is a condition caused by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The chimerism is characterized by the presence of at least two genetically distinct cell populations in the body of the transplant recipient. Chimerism monitoring is a recognized tool for documentation of engraftment or graft failure, for assessment of the risk of graft rejection, occurrence of graft-versus-host disease, and the risk of relapse. Analysis of chimerism kinetics enables early identification of these adverse posttransplant events, as well as early intervention through adequate treatment and assessment of treatment effectiveness. This chapter presents essentials of chimerism classification and clinical significance of chimerism monitoring. Routinely used approaches for chimerism analysis are also discussed: analysis of short tandem repeat polymorphism with the use of fluorescent polymerase chain reaction and analysis of indel, null, and single-nucleotide polymorphism markers by real-time polymerase chain reaction.


Minimal Residual Disease Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Marker Reduce Intensity Conditioning Mixed Chimerism Chimerism Analysis 
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This chapter was partly supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, grant N N407 311 839.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Małgorzata Dawidowska
    • 1
  • Katarzyna Guz
    • 2
  • Ewa Brojer
    • 2
  • Jacek Wachowiak
    • 3
  • Michał Witt
    • 4
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Clinical GeneticsInstitute of Human Genetics, Polish Academy of SciencesPoznańPoland
  2. 2.Department of Immunohematology and Immunology of Transfusion MedicineInstitute of Hematology and Transfusion MedicineWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and TransplantologyPoznań University of Medical SciencesPoznań Poland
  4. 4.International Institute of Molecular and Cell BiologyWarsawPoland

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