Allergic agonists in apheresis platelet products are associated with allergic transfusion reactions

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BACKGROUND: The mechanisms that underlie allergic transfusion reactions (ATRs) are not well characterized, but likely involve recipient, donor, and product factors. To assess product factors associated with ATRs, we investigated candidate mediators in apheresis platelet (PLT) products associated with ATRs and controls. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Using bead-based and standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, we tested supernatants from 20 consecutive apheresis PLT transfusions associated with ATRs and 30 control products for concentrations of mediators in three categories: acute inflammatory mediators, direct agonists of basophils and mast cells, and growth and/or priming factors of basophils and mast cells. RESULTS: Median concentrations of the direct allergic agonists C5a, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and CCL5 (RANTES) were 16.6, 41.8, and 13.9% higher, respectively, in the supernatant of apheresis PLT products that were most strongly associated with ATRs (p < 0.05 for each mediator). Other direct agonists (macrophage inflammatory protein-1α, monocyte chemotactic protein-1, eotaxin-1, interleukin-8) were similar between groups. Concentrations of acute inflammatory mediators and basophil growth and/or priming factors were also similar between groups (p > 0.2 for all associations). CONCLUSION: The allergic agonists C5a, BDNF, and CCL5 may be mediators of ATRs in apheresis PLT products. Acute inflammatory proteins and basophil and/or mast cell growth and priming factors do not appear to be associated with apheresis PLT products that cause ATRs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-581
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Hematology


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