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Janice Brown

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  • Exogenous administration of immunomodulatory therapies in hematopoietic cell transplantation: an infectious diseases perspective CURRENT OPINION IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES Brown, J. M. 2005; 18 (4): 352-358


    In contrast to the recipient of a solid organ transplantation, the immunological competence of recipients of hematopoietic cell transplantation does not correlate well with the administration of non-corticosteroid immunosuppressive agents. This apparent paradox reflects the unique and dynamic conglomeration of factors that affect immune reconstitution after hematopoietic cell transplantation. The following is the second part of a review of the recent primary literature regarding exogenous immunomodulatory influences as they pertain to infections in the setting of hematopoietic cell transplantation.The main themes of published primary research from 2004 to the present include the influence of exogenously administered immunomodulatory agents on infectious complications after hematopoietic cell transplantation.The use of immunomodulatory agents such as monoclonal antibodies directed against lymphocyte antigens in the treatment of hematopoietic malignancy has greatly expanded during the past decade. Separate trials of the potential utility of these agents, particularly in the reduction of graft-versus-host disease, in the setting of hematopoietic cell transplantation have yielded encouraging results. Given the infancy of these new approaches, it is not possible to make definitive statements regarding the relative risk of serious infection with each therapy. It is clear that a reduction in regimen-related non-infectious complications or mortality does not necessarily ensure a reduction in clinically significant infections. Improvements in early diagnostic and therapeutic options for these infections now bring us to an era of understanding pathogens such as cytomegalovirus as probes of the functional reconstitution of immunity.

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