Future Prospects: Haploidentical Transplantation

  • Stefan O. Ciurea
  • Rupert Handgretinger
Part of the Advances and Controversies in Hematopoietic Transplantation and Cell Therapy book series (ACHTCT)


Haploidentical cell transplantation is undergoing a significant expansion worldwide due to the successful development of several methods to control intense donor-recipient alloreactive reactions, primarily acute GvHD. Among these, the use of posttransplantation cyclophosphamide (PTCy) stands out as a low-cost and effective method used in this setting. While haploidentical transplant outcomes have improved, several problems remain; some are more specific to this type of transplant, like viral reactivation in the early posttransplant period, while others are more common to allogeneic transplants in general, such as disease relapse. Future directions discussed in this chapter include comparative studies including randomized trials between haploidentical transplants performed with PTCy and other forms of haploidentical transplantation with partial or selective allo-depletion of T-cells, as well as comparing outcomes between haploidentical and HLA-matched unrelated donor transplants. Other important directions will assess methods to control early viral reactivation, prevent disease relapse, and evaluate outcomes of haploidentical transplantation for different hematological malignancies and nonmalignant diseases.


Haploidentical cell transplantation Graft failure T-cell depletion Adoptive immunotherapy Graft-versus-host disease Immune reconstitution Viral reactivation Cytotoxic T-cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular TherapyThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/OncologyUniversity of TubingenTubingenGermany

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