Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia. Laboratory of Physiology and Biophysics of the Cell, Center for Theoretical Problems of Physicochemical Pharmacology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
Pathogen-reduction with riboflavin and ultraviolet light (n= 25).
Gamma‐irradiation (n= 25).
The quality of RBCS from both groups was largely the same, except for haemolysis and red blood cell fragility, which were more pronounced in the pathogen-reduced group. This finding limited the shelf life of pathogen-reduced RBCS to 14 days.
BACKGROUND We used laboratory indicators to evaluate the quality of pathogen-reduced red blood cell suspension (RBCS) compared with gamma-irradiated RBCS. MATERIALS AND METHODS To determine biochemical and metabolic parameters of RBCS, we obtained 50 whole blood units from healthy volunteers and randomized them into 2 groups: 25 were pathogen-reduced, and then, RBCS prepared from them. RBCS from the other 25
was gamma-irradiated. Sampling was carried out on day zero before and after treatment and at 7, 14, 21 and 28 days. To determine lymphocyte inactivation, we collected another 35 whole blood units. Each was sampled to form 3 study groups: untreated, gamma-irradiated and pathogen-reduced. Daily sampling was carried out during 3 days of storage. RESULTS The quality of RBCS from both groups was largely the same, except for haemolysis and red blood cell fragility, which were more pronounced in the pathogen-reduced group. This finding limited the shelf life of pathogen-reduced RBCS to 14 days. Lymphocyte viability was significantly reduced after both treatments. Proliferation of lymphocytes after pathogen reduction was reduced to the detection limit, while low-level proliferation was observed in gamma-irradiated samples. CONCLUSION Pathogen-reduced red blood cells have acceptable quality and can be used for transfusion within 14 days. Results of inactivation of lymphocytes demonstrate that pathogen reduction technology, applied on WB, can serve as an alternative to irradiation.