This nationwide, retrospective study compared the efficacy of cyclosporine and tacrolimus with methotrexate (CsA/MTX and TAC/MTX) for acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) prevention and transplant-related outcomes. Data were obtained from the Transplant Registry Unified Management Program of the Japan Society for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for ≥16-year-old leukemia patients who received CsA/MTX or TAC/MTX after bone marrow transplantation and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation from serological HLA-matched related donors (MRD), HLA 8/8 allele-matched, or one allele-mismatched unrelated bone marrow (UBM), or 0–2 antigen-mismatched unrelated cord blood (UCB) transplantation between January 2005 and December 2009. Separate analyses were performed for each cohort. Adjusted multivariate analyses indicated that in the MRD (n = 1524) and the UBM (n = 1466) cohorts, TAC/MTX significantly reduced grade II–IV aGVHD risk (HR 0.58, P = 0.006 and HR 0.77, P = 0.015, respectively) without affecting the other transplant-related outcomes. In the UCB cohort (n = 925), TAC/MTX significantly reduced the risk of non-relapse mortality (HR 0.63, P = 0.027) and chronic GVHD (HR 0.60, P = 0.02) without significant effects on grade II–IV aGVHD (HR 0.83, P = 0.21). Our results may provide the most up-to-date data regarding GVHD prevention in Japan.
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