Comparison of cyclosporine and tacrolimus combined with mycophenolate mofetil in prophylaxis for graft-versus-host disease after reduced-intensity umbilical cord blood transplantation

Toshihiro Miyamoto, Shuichiro Takashima, Koji Kato, Ken Takase, Goichi Yoshimoto, Shuro Yoshida, Hideho Henzan, Koichi Osaki, Tomohiko Kamimura, Hiromi Iwasaki, Tetsuya Eto, Takanori Teshima, Koji Nagafuji, Koichi Akashi

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Umbilical cord blood transplantation with a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen (RIC-UCBT) is used increasingly in patients who have comorbid organ functions and lack human leukocyte antigen-identical donors. We compared the outcomes in 35 patients who received mycophenolate mofetil plus cyclosporine (MMF/CSP, n = 17) or MMF plus tacrolimus (MMF/TAC, n = 18) for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis after RIC-UCBT. Cumulative incidence of neutrophil engraftment was 94 and 89 % in MMF/CSP and MMF/TAC groups, respectively (p = 0.34). The incidence of pre-engraftment immune reaction did not differ between the MMF/CSP (41 %) and MMF/TAC (39 %, p = 1.00) groups; however, patients in the MMF/TAC group tended to have a lower incidence of grade II–IV acute GVHD than those in MMF/CSP group (28 vs 53 %, p = 0.11). Overall survival (OS) at 1 year was 43 and 60 % in MMF/CSP and MMF/TAC groups, respectively (p = 0.39). Progression-free survival, non-relapse mortality, and relapse rate were comparable between the two groups (p = 0.76, 0.59, and 0.88, respectively). In multivariate analyses, MMF/TAC GVHD prophylaxis was closely associated with improved OS, but not with incidence of engraftment and acute GVHD. These results suggest that more intensive GVHD prophylaxis with MMF/TAC decreased acute GVHD without affecting other clinical outcomes, resulting in improved OS after RIC-UCBT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-99
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of hematology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


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  • Hematology

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