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BACKGROUND: Cryopreserved umbilical cord blood (CB) is increasingly used as a cell source to reconstitute marrow in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients. Delays in cryopreservation may adversely affect cell viability, thereby reducing their potential for engraftment after transplantation. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The impact of delayed cryopreservation for up to 3 days on the viability of both CD45+ and CD34+ cell populations in 28 CB donations with volumes of 58.40 ± 15.4 mL (range, 39.4-107.4 mL) was investigated to establish whether precryopreservation storage time could be extended from our current time of 24 to 48 hours in line with other CB banks. Viability was assessed on 3 consecutive days, both before and after cryopreservation, by flow cytometry using 7-aminoactinomycin D (7-AAD) and annexin V methods. RESULTS: The results using 7-AAD and annexin V indicated the viability of CD34+ cells before cryopreservation remained high (>92.33 ± 4.11%) over 3 days, whereas the viability of CD45+ cells decreased from 86.36 ± 4.97% to 66.24 ± 7.78% (p 

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Journal article



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1278 - 1285


Annexin A5, Antigens, CD34, Blood Preservation, Cell Survival, Cryopreservation, Dactinomycin, Fetal Blood, Humans, Leukocyte Common Antigens, Time Factors