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Title: Umbilical Cord Blood: An Alternate Source of Stem Cells

Umbilical Cord Blood An Alternate Source of
Stem Cells
  • Susan Parker
  • Advisor David Fahringer PA-C
  • University of Kentucky
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Physician Assistant Program

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  • Understand the process of stem cell transplants
  • Discuss methods of retrieval of stem cells
  • Learn benefits and disadvantages of using
    umbilical cord stem cells
  • Discuss ethical concerns surrounding umbilical
    cord blood use

Stem Cell Transplants
  • Stem cell transplants are indicated for
    hematopoietic malignancies, bone marrow failure
    syndromes, and genetic immunodifiecient
  • When a patient needs a stem cell transplant, a
    suitable donor must be found.
  • Immune ablation, to reduce GVHD risk, is
    administered under intense medical supervision in
    a sterile environment.
  • The patients recovery begins with an extremely
    weak and vulnerable immune system with a wide
    range of complications and opportunistic
    infection risk.

Stem Cell Transplants (contd)
  • 6 human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) need to be
    matched between donor and recipient to improve
    post-transplant prognosis
  • Only 30 of patients will have the ideal
    situation related donor with all six HLA matches
  • If no suitable related donor, the process of
    searching the National Marrow Donor Program
    (NMDP) begins.
  • Currently, there are two sources of stem cells
    available to patients, bone marrow derived and
    umbilical cord derived stem cells.

Your Chances of Finding a Donor
  • 10 million registered BM donors worldwide
  • Caucasion has a 50 chance of finding a donor
  • Minorities are lower, donor programs targeting
    subpopulations to increase diversity of donor
  • Basically, lt50 chance of finding a donor under
    any circumstance.

Bone Marrow Stem Cells
  • Standard stem cell source for over 40 years
  • Obtained by bone marrow aspiration of the pelvis
    of donor
  • Relatively no risk to donor other than pain (no
    anesthetics used)
  • From beginning search to actual transplant takes
    3-5 months

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
  • First successful transplant in 1988
  • Relatively low risk to mother and baby
  • Beginning search to transplant in as few as 21

Umbilical Cord Collection
  • Collected after delivery of baby, before delivery
    of placenta
  • Contraindicated in moderate-high risk births
  • Collected under aseptic techniques and stored at

Umbilical Cord Retrieval
Benefits of UCSC over BMSC
  • Decreased transplant time
  • No chance of donor having acquired disease,
    infection, nor the possibility of donor declining
  • Increased diversity of donor pool, much higher
    rates of minority donation
  • UCSC have acceptable mortality rates with 4/6 HLA
  • Faster neutrophil engraftment (lower chance of
  • Best prognoses seen in pediatric patients
  • Non-myeloblative immune destruction has better
    outcome with UCSC transplant

Drawbacks of UCSC
  • Longer time to immune system recovery due to
    immaturity of cells
  • Leads to increased GVHD and infection risk (but
    diseases less severe than with BM)
  • Less effective for adults
  • Cell dose of one sample usually inadequate for
    patients with increased body mass
  • Possible unknown genetic conditions of newborn

The Bottom Line
  • Chance of engraftment similar between BM and UC
  • Decreased severity of complications with UC
  • Pooling of two or more UC samples has promising
    results, ex-vivo expansion of cells being
  • Collecting cord blood has variable results due to
    technique and delivery complications
  • Best outcome is still with 6/6 HLA matched
    related bone marrow donor
  • UC contains mesenchymal stem cells that have
    shown promise in becoming various types of
    tissues neural, cardiac, hepatic, renal, etc.

Ethics of Using UCSC
  • Alturistic donation no cost to donor, increased
    attention to minorities, LOTS of paperwork and
  • Private donation - 1500 150/month with no
    guarantee of successful collection or storage
  • Recommendations for families with known genetic
    and inherited disorders
  • Pressure on families during an already stressful
    life event
  • Targeting middle and upper class mothers and
    obstetricians in wealthy areas
  • Not available to all women in all areas

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