Evaluation of effects of busulfan and DMA on SOS in pediatric stem cell recipients

Kornelius Kerl, Christian Diestelhorst, Imke Bartelink, Jaap Boelens, Mirjam N. Trame, Joachim Boos, Georg Hempel*

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Background: Busulfan (Bu) is a DNA-alkylating agent used for myeloablative conditioning in stem cell transplantation in children and adults. While the use of intravenous rather than oral administration of Bu has reduced inter-individual variability in plasma levels, toxicity still occurs frequently after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Toxicity (especially hepatotoxic effects) of intravenous (IV) Bu may be related to both Bu and/or N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMA), the solvent of Bu. In this study, we assessed the relation between the exposure of Bu and DMA with regards to the clinical outcome in children from two cohorts. Methods: In a two-centre study Bu and DMA AUC (area under the curve) were correlated in pediatric stem cell recipients to the risk of developing SOS and to the clinical outcome. Result: In patients receiving Bu four times per day Bu levels >1,500μmol/Lminute correlate to an increased risk of developing a SOS. In the collective cohort, summarizing data of all 53 patients of this study, neither high area under the curve (AUC) of Bu nor high AUC of DMA appears to be an independent risk factor for the development of SOS in children. Conclusion: In this study neither Bu nor DMA was observed as an independent risk factor for the development of SOS. To identify subgroups (e.g., infants), in which Bu or DMA might be risk factors for the induction of SOS, larger cohorts have to be evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-311
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

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