Post-Transplant Complications

Serum levels of soluble adhesion molecules in stem cell transplantation-related complications

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To assess the involvement of vascular endothelial cell activation and damage in stem cell transplantation (SCT)-related complications, such as acute and chronic GVHD and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), we investigated the changes in serum levels of soluble forms of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1) and E-selectin (sE-selectin) in SCT. The soluble form of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) was also analyzed. In patients with acute GVHD (grades II–IV), serum levels of sE-selectin and sICAM-1 increased around onset of GVHD (day 30). While the increase of sE-selectin levels was transient, sICAM-1 levels remained high until day 60. In patients with extensive chronic GVHD, sVCAM-1 as well as sE-selectin levels significantly increased. The appearance of clinical symptoms was preceded by elevations of sVCAM-1 and sE-selectin levels on day 60, and sICAM-1 levels on days 30 and 60. For the analysis of TMA, to exclude the influence of GVHD, serum levels were measured in auto-SCT patients. Around the onset of TMA, sVCAM-1 and sE-selectin levels significantly increased in patients with TMA without an increase of sICAM-1 levels. These findings support the notion that activation and injury of endothelium are commonly involved in the pathogenesis of acute and chronic GVHD and TMA. Bone Marrow Transplantation (2001) 27, 977–982.

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Matsuda, Y., Hara, J., Osugi, Y. et al. Serum levels of soluble adhesion molecules in stem cell transplantation-related complications. Bone Marrow Transplant 27, 977–982 (2001) doi:10.1038/sj.bmt.1703026

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  • VCAM
  • ICAM
  • E-selectin
  • stem cell transplantation
  • endothelial cell

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