Optimization of individualized graft composition: CD3/CD19 depletion combined with CD34 selection for haploidentical transplantation

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Excessive T-cell depletion (TCD) is a prerequisite for graft manufacturing in haploidentical stem cell (SC) transplantation by using either CD34 selection or direct TCD such as CD3/CD19 depletion.


To optimize graft composition we compared 1) direct or indirect TCD only, 2) a combination of CD3/CD19-depleted with CD34-selected grafts, or 3) TCD twice for depletion improvement based on our 10-year experience with 320 separations in graft manufacturing and quality control.


SC recovery was significantly higher (85%, n = 187 vs. 73%, n = 115; p < 0.0001), but TCD was inferior (median log depletion, −3.6 vs. −5.2) for CD3/CD19 depletion compared to CD34 selection, respectively. For end products with less than −2.5 log TCD, a second depletion step led to a successful improvement in TCD. Thawing of grafts showed a high viability and recovery of SCs, but low NK-cell yield. To optimize individualized graft engineering, a calculator was developed to estimate the results of the final graft based on the content of CD34+ and CD3+ cells in the leukapheresis product.


Finally, calculated splitting of the starting product followed by CD3/19 depletion together with CD34+ graft manipulation may enable the composition of optimized grafts with high CD34+-cell and minimal T-cell content.

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