BACKGROUND: A clinical study was performed to evaluate the peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) collection, transfusion, and engraftment characteristics associated with use of a blood cell separator (Amicus, Baxter Healthcare). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Oncology patients (n = 31) scheduled for an autologous PBPC transplant following myeloablative therapy were studied. PBPCs were mobilized by a variety of chemotherapeutic regimens and the use of G-CSF. As no prior studies evaluated whether PBPCs collected on the Amicus separator would be viable after transfusion, to ensure patient safety, PBPCs were first collected on another cell separator (CS-3000 Plus, Baxter) and stored as backup. The day after the CS-3000 Plus collections were completed, PBPC collections intended for transfusion were performed using the Amicus instrument. For each transplant, >2.5 x 106 CD34+ PBPCs per kg of body weight were transfused. RESULTS: Clinical data collected on the donors immediately before and after PBPC collection with the Amicus device were comparable to donor data similarly obtained for the CS-3000 Plus collections. While the number of CD34+ cells and the RBC volume in the collected products were equivalent for the two devices, the platelet content of the Amicus collections was significantly lower than that of the CS-3000 Plus collections (4.35 x 1010 platelets/ bag vs. 6.61 x 1010 platelets/bag, p<0.05). Collection efficiencies for CD34+ cells were 64 ± 23 percent for the Amicus device and 43 ± 14 percent for the CS-3000 Plus device (p<0.05). The mean time to engraftment for cells collected via the Amicus device was 8.7 ± 0.7 days for >500 PMNs per μL and 9.7 ± 1.5 days to attain a platelet count of >20,000 per μL - equivalent to data in the literature. No CS-3000 Plus backup cells were transfused and no serious adverse events attributable to the Amicus device were encountered. CONCLUSIONS: The mean Amicus CD34+ cell collection efficiency was better (p<0.05) than that of the CS-3000 Plus collection. Short-term engraftment was durable. The PBPCs collected with the Amicus separator are safe and effective for use for autologous transplant patients requiring PBPC rescue from high-dose myeloablative chemotherapy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - 2000|