Tacrolimus versus Cyclosporine after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Acquired Aplastic Anemia

Yoshihiro Inamoto, Mary E D Flowers, Tao Wang, Alvaro Urbano-Ispizua, Michael T. Hemmer, Corey S. Cutler, Daniel R. Couriel, Amin M. Alousi, Joseph H. Antin, Robert Peter Gale, Vikas Gupta, Betty K. Hamilton, Mohamed A. Kharfan-Dabaja, David I. Marks, Olle T H Ringdén, Gérard Socié, Melhem M. Solh, Görgün Akpek, Mitchell S. Cairo, Nelson J. ChaoRobert J. Hayashi, Taiga Nishihori, Ran Reshef, Ayman Saad, Ami Shah, Takanori Teshima, Martin S. Tallman, Baldeep Wirk, Stephen R. Spellman, Mukta Arora, Paul J. Martin

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Combinations of cyclosporine (CSP) with methotrexate (MTX) have been widely used for immunosuppression after allogeneic transplantation for acquired aplastic anemia. We compared outcomes with tacrolimus (TAC)+MTX versus CSP+MTX after transplantation from HLA-identical siblings (SIB) or unrelated donors (URD) in a retrospective cohort of 949 patients with severe aplastic anemia. Study endpoints included hematopoietic recovery, graft failure, acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), chronic GVHD, and mortality. TAC+MTX was used more frequently in older patients and, in recent years, in both SIB and URD groups. In multivariate analysis, TAC+MTX was associated with a lower risk of mortality in URD recipients and with slightly earlier absolute neutrophil count recovery in SIB recipients. Other outcomes did not differ statistically between the 2 regimens. No firm conclusions were reached regarding the relative merits of TAC+MTX versus CSP+MTX after hematopoietic cell transplantation for acquired aplastic anemia. Prospective studies would be needed to determine whether the use of TAC+MTX is associated with lower risk of mortality in URD recipients with acquired aplastic anemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1776-1782
Number of pages7
JournalBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

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Funding Information:
The CIBMTR is supported by Public Health Service grant/cooperative agreement U24-CA076518 from the National Cancer Institute , the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute , and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ; a grant/cooperative agreement 5U10HL069294 from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Cancer Institute ; a contract HHSH250201200016C with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA/DHHS); 2 grants N00014-13-1-0039 and N00014-14-1-0028 from the Office of Naval Research ; and grants from * Actinium Pharmaceuticals ; Allos Therapeutics, Inc. ; * Amgen ; an anonymous donation to the Medical College of Wisconsin ; Ariad ; Be The Match Foundation ; * Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association ; * Celgene Corporation ; Chimerix, Inc. ; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center ; Fresenius-Biotech North America, Inc. ; * Gamida Cell Teva Joint Venture Ltd. ; Genentech, Inc. ; * Gentium SpA ; Genzyme Corporation ; GlaxoSmithKline ; Health Research, Inc. ; Roswell Park Cancer Institute ; HistoGenetics ; Incyte Corporation ; Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation ; Kiadis Pharma ; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ; Medac GmbH ; The Medical College of Wisconsin ; Merck & Co., Inc. ; Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co. ; * Milliman USA, Inc. ; * Miltenyi Biotec ; National Marrow Donor Program ; Onyx Pharmaceuticals ; Optum Healthcare Solutions, Inc. ; Osiris Therapeutics ; Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. ; Perkin Elmer, Inc. ; * Remedy Informatics ; * Sanofi US ; Seattle Genetics ; Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals ; Soligenix, Inc. ; St. Baldrick's Foundation ; StemCyte, A Global Cord Blood Therapeutics Co. ; Stemsoft Software, Inc. ; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum ; * Tarix Pharmaceuticals ; * Terumo BCT ; * Teva Neuroscience, Inc. ; * Therakos ; University of Minnesota ; University of Utah ; and * WellPoint . The views expressed in this article do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Institute of Health, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, Health Resources and Services Administration or any other agency of the US Government.

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© 2015 American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.


  • Aplastic anemia
  • Cyclosporine
  • Graft-versus-host disease
  • Hematopoietic cell transplantation
  • Immunosuppression
  • Tacrolimus


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