Natural killer cells are important in graft-versus-leukemia responses after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). A variety of surface receptors dictates natural killer cell function, including killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor recognition of HLA-C. Previous single-center studies show that HLA-C epitopes, designated C1 and C2, were associated with allogeneic HCT outcomes; specifically, recipients homozygous for the C1 epitope (C1/C1) experienced a survival benefit. Additionally, mismatching at HLA-C was beneficial in recipients possessing at least 1 C2 allele, whereas the opposite was true for homozygous C1 (C1/C1) recipients where HLA-C mismatching resulted in worse outcomes. In this analysis we aimed to validate these findings in a large multicenter study. We also set out to determine whether surface expression of recipient HLA-C, determined by polymorphism in a microRNA (miR-148a/b) binding site within the 3′-region of the HLA-C transcript, was associated with transplant outcomes. In this large registry cohort, we were unable to confirm the prior findings regarding recipient HLA-C epitope status and outcome. Additionally, HLA-C surface expression (ie, surface density), as predicted by the miR-148a/b binding single nucleotide polymorphism, was also not with associated transplant outcomes. Collectively, neither HLA-C surface expression, as determined by miR-148a/b, nor recipient HLA-C epitopes (C1, C2) are associated with allogeneic HCT outcomes.
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- Allogeneic transplant
- NK cells