[1934] Lymphocyte Subset Reference Ranges for Evaluation of Immune Reconstitution after Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.

Bernard C Schur, Alexandra M Harrington, Steven H Kroft, Horatiu Olteanu. Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Dynacare Laboratories, Milwaukee

Background: Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) has become a common procedure for treating hematologic malignancies. Unfortunately, cure is often hampered by relapse of underlying disease, graft-versus-host disease, or severe opportunistic infections, which account for the majority of deaths after SCT. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the reconstitution of different immune cell subsets after SCT. Since there is only limited literature data on suitable reference ranges, we conducted a large study to establish comprehensive reference ranges for peripheral blood (PB) lymphocyte subsets useful in monitoring immune reconstitution after SCT.
Design: PB specimens from 76 healthy volunteers were run on an Advia 2120 hematology analyzer to determine white blood cell and absolute lymphocyte counts. Flow cytometry was performed on a FACSCanto II instrument, with the following antibodies: CD45RA/CD8/CD3/CD4/CD45, CD3/CD16+56/CD20/CD45, and HLA-DR/CD25/CD3/CD45. Boolean gates and quadrant markers were employed to record the following lymphocyte subsets: CD3+CD4+, CD3+CD8+, total CD3+, CD4/CD8 ratio, CD4+CD45RA+, total CD45RA+, CD(16+56)+CD3-, total CD19, total CD20, CD3+CD25+, CD3+HLA-DR+, CD25+HLA-DR+, total CD25+ and total HLA-DR. Statistical analysis was performed with EP Evaluator (Data Innovations, South Burlington, VT).
Results: There were 23 men and 53 women (mean age=37 years). The median white blood cell and absolute lymphocyte counts were: 6550/ul and 2065/ul. Study ranges for CD3+CD4+, CD3+CD8+, total CD3+, CD4/CD8 ratio, CD(16+56)+CD3-, total CD19, and total CD20 agreed with published data. Mean and standard deviation (SD) were calculated for the remaining subsets and ± 2SD ranges are shown in Table 1.

Table 1.
absolute CD4+CD45RA+/μL456.4145-768
total %CD45RA+62.043-81
total absolute CD45RA+/μL1268.7691-1846
absolute CD3+CD25+/μL576.7217-936
absolute CD3+HLA-DR+/μL176.413-340
absolute CD25+HLA-DR+/μL60.414-107
total %CD25+33.817-50
total absolute CD25+/μL687.6276-1099
total %HLA-DR+22.811-34
total absolute HLA-DR+/μL460.9198-724

Conclusions: Our results are similar to those published for some of the lymphocyte subsets. Furthermore, we establish a comprehensive collection of clinical reference ranges in a large multiracial cohort, reflective of the general population. This data can be used for effective monitoring of immune reconstitution after SCT.
Category: Techniques

Monday, February 28, 2011 1:00 PM

Poster Session II # 286, Monday Afternoon


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